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The second episode of RNTV explores how humans and robots interact and communicate. It’s a rapidly growing field that’s trying to keep up with the development of the robots and their many intended uses. Amy visits with researchers from Cornell’s RoboBrain Project to learn about learning. Zoz stops in at a chic hotel in Cupertino, California and encounters a robotic bellhop, named Botlr. Christine and Paul tinker with iRobot’s Create 2 bot and we’ll end up with a visit to the Hoya Robotics Club near Washington, DC. Stay tuned, or at least keep your brain engaged, for lots of great information.

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RoboBrain is a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources, computer simulations, and real-life robot trials. It accumulates everything robotics into a comprehensive and interconnected knowledge base. Applications include prototyping for robotics research, household robots, and self-driving cars. Learn more. Visit

iRobot Create 2

From beginner programmers to advanced robotics students, Create 2 allows for a variety of programming methods. Use it connected to your laptop, with a microcontroller or come up with your own solutions. You can also go beyond programming and build on to your robot, attaching sensors, electronics, grippers and other cool things. Learn more. Visit

Ocean Explorer

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research strives to engage broad audiences to enhance America’s environmental literacy through the excitement of ocean discovery. Increasing this literacy requires high-quality, effective collaborations between ocean explorers and America’s teachers. NOAA regularly forms such collaborations to reach out in new ways to the public to improve the literacy of learners with respect to ocean issues. Learn more. Visit

Intuitive Surgical

The Company's da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to operate minimally invasively through a few small incisions or the belly button from a nearby ergonomic console. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result of this technology, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control. Learn more. Visit