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Meet NASA Superhero Robot Valkyrie

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Valkyrie is a new NASA robot that looks like Ironman! Valkyrie will join the family of NASA space robots along with Robonaut & the Mars rover! In the future, NASA hopes to send this battery-powered humanoid robot to Mars or to other places that are too dangerous for humans. Val is very tall at 6' 2" & weighs 180 lbs. He is covered in foam & fabric to protect him when he falls.  He is built in a way that his arms & legs can easily be replaced with just a few bolts. He has a LOT of sensors like cameras all over his body.  

Check out this video to see Valkyrie in action:

Here's another video to see how the engineers at NASA Johnson Space Center worked together to build the arms & legs of NASA robot Valkyrie:

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A Ride In A Google Self-Driving Car

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For many years, Google engineers have been building driverless cars (also called autonomous vehicles). Until recently, Google allowed real people to take a test ride & see what they think. 

Check out what a small group of people thought when they went for their first ride in Google self-driving cars:

Google hopes to sell these robot cars in the year 2020. Do you think you & your family are ready to go for a first ride in a driverless car?

Leave us a comment & let us know what you think below! 

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Walt Disney Talks About Disneyland Animatronics

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In the 1950's & 1960's, Disney began building animatronic robots to create 3D, life-like animated figures that could entertain people in Disney movies & theme parks. The animatronics needed to be created when an actor or animal didn't exist, when it was too dangerous to use a real actor or animal, or when it was too expensive to use real actors or animals. 

In the following 4 videos, Walt Disney takes us on a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Disney Imagineering while the Imagineers were building animatronics for the 1964 New York World's Fair. Many of these animatronic robots were permanently moved to Disneyland after the World's Fair ended. In the 1st video, Walt Disney talks about a giant squid created for the movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, animatronic animals for the Jungle Cruise ride in Adventureland, more animal robots like bears & elks in Frontierland, & robot dinosaurs from the Disneyland Railroad:

In the 2nd video, Walt Disney shows us the process of making the animatronic birds in the Enchanted Tiki Room, the animatronic dolls for the It's A Small World ride, & human animatronic robot Abraham Lincoln at Disneyland:

In the 3rd video, Walt Disney shows us the Carousel Theater of Progress & demonstrates how a human operator nearby controls an animatronic robot like a puppet:

In the 4th video, Walt Disney showcases all of the animatronic dolls in the classic It's A Small World ride:

Isn't it great to see how these Disneyland attractions were created over 60 years ago? Isn't it great to see how much the technology used to build animatronics has improved due to the entertainment industry?

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