I was asked to do a 'robot show' for a family gathering (extended family, so >50 people) later this year. I was wondering if you guys could help me come up with some ideas on whats best to show.
The idea is just to have something cool and 'robotic' to entertain the crowd as they wait for the actual event to start. It wouldn't be a 'formal' show on stage or anything like that. I will just setup everything by the sidewalk and people will just gather around. It will be outdoors, either on cemented floor or grass.
So I was thinking, what would be the best 'robot show' for such event (and location). I wanted it to be interesting for both adults and kids, and would really like it to be interactive. And hopefully would also be 'inspiring' such that the kids would want to study hard and take engineering and build robots later on in their life
Here are some of the ideas I've came up with:
1. Remote-controlled sumo robot. Just like a sumo robot competition, but the audience can control the robot and take on each other. So this will be interactive, and fun to watch as the robots hit each other. The setback of this idea is that it will need a really flat surface to work on (the sumo ring), which is not readily available and I'll have to make one.
2. Remote-controlled robosoccer. Similar to idea #1, but robosoccer. This type of robot can work on less flatter surfaces, so I can just use the cemented floor as the playing field. Will also be very interactive, and promotes teamwork between the players (I'm thinking 2-on-2 game). However, my concern is on the 'controllability' of the soccerbots. I'm assuming a total beginner would have a really difficult time figuring out how to control their robots properly, so it will get frustrating after a short while. Its easy to control an RC car-like robot, but to get it to chase a small ball around would be really difficult for a total beginner.
3. Something like an R2-D2. Basically a 'social' robot, interacting with people through movements and simple beeps. It will most likely be remote-controlled, I will just hide somewhere and wirelessly control all the movement / beeps the robot make depending on what the people around it are doing / saying. I kind of like this idea, but I dont know just how interactive will it be. Are simple movements and beeps enough to get people excited? And I always hate it when people ask "So what else does it do?"
I've got a couple of other ideas, but are mostly based on the above mentioned ones. Just something like using meccannum / omniwheels instead of normal differential steering would excite the inquisitive minds among them, etc.
So what do you guys think would be the best 'robot show'? Any other ideas? Anything is welcomed