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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sum of All Thrills to open Oct. 14

The Sum of All Thrills, an interactive robotic roller coaster simulator will be opening at Innoventions in Epcot on Oct. 14.

Sponsored by Raytheon, The Sum of all Thrills is the latest initiative in the company's MathMovesU(R) program, which is committed to increasing U.S. students' interest in math and engineering by engaging them with activities they enjoy most, such as sports, fashion and music. The Sum of all Thrills joins Raytheon's other MathMovesU programs including the "In the Numbers" game and partnership with the New England Patriots; the company's three-year sponsorship of the National MATHCOUNTS competition; a robust volunteer program; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program.

In addition, KUKA Robotics, the company that created the robotic arm issued their own news release:


KUKA Robotics Corporation is pleased to announce the usage of the RoboSim 4-DSimulator ride system as part of a new exhibit at INNOVENTIONS in Epcot® at theWalt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The addition of theRoboSim 4-D Simulator is an expansion of KUKA`s current presence at INNOVENTIONSat Epcot®. KUKA currently sponsors Rockin` Robots - a 2,000 plus square foot interactive exhibit allowing guests to conduct a robotic band located in the INNOVENTIONS West building.


"The popularity and expansion of INNOVENTIONS coupled with KUKA`s unique and innovative robotic and educational solutions in this exciting entertainment and education project will enhance the KUKA brand presence while strengthening our continued growth in the North American market."stated Stu Shepherd, President of KUKA Robotics Corporation. "We are excited for the opportunity to demonstrate KUKA`s unique capabilities in a market that drives progress and interest in learning."


The KUKA RoboSim 4-D Simulator creates a 4-dimensional experience through 3-D robotic motion and "wind", by controlling air movements to stimulate the senses providing a more realistic simulation experience involving high speeds, quick direction changes and different climates for a unique sensation. The appeal of the 2-seat simulator is that it does not fully enclose the rider, but allows the rider`s legs and feet to be suspended.


The spherical carbon-fiber hood, which is integrated as part of the unique KUKA RoboCoaster® ride system, immerses the rider into a true sensory experience by using high definition video combined with stereo sound and controlled air motion. "The KUKA RoboCoaster® programmable robotic ride system utilizes 6 axes and 6 degrees of total directional freedom with synchronized "under the hood" entertainment provides a thrilling experience like no other." commented Stu Shepherd. The RoboSim 4-D Simulator is TÜV certified and includes safety devices such as smoke alarms and temperature monitoring. Video cameras and microphones allowRoboSim operators to monitor passengers at all times.


Prime venues for use of the RoboCoaster® and RoboSim versions include theme parks, science centers, shopping malls, family entertainment centers (FEC),amusement parks, leisure parks, and other motion-enhanced, virtual reality applications. KUKA Robotics offers a wide range of industrial robots and robot systems, which includes the RoboCoaster®. The RoboCoaster® operates with a service-proven PC-based control platform. This PC-based robot controller (KR C) benefits from all the advantages of PC technology, such as remote diagnosis, Microsoft Windows interface, field bus, Soft PLC, OPC Server and much more.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Looking at that I feel both excited and sick to my stomach... wonder if I'll have the nerve to try it?

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