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Published: 08/25/2015
Donna Domenici, Marketing Director / 505.841.2889

National Geographic Studios Presents ROBOTS 3D Narrated By Simon Pegg as “RoboThespian”

New Giant Screen Film Looks at the World’s Most Awe-Inspiring Humanoid Robots Opens on the Giant Screen in the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater on September 5, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (August 25, 2015) - There are millions of astonishing robots in existence today-and innovators are taking robotics to the next level with the new generation of these awe-inspiring machines: humanoid robots that can work like us, play like us, learn, and even look like us. This September, a new giant-screen film experience from National Geographic Studios gives audiences an inside look at just how hard it is to mimic what we humans can do, as well as what it means to be humanoid. ROBOTS 3D premieres on the five-story screen in the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater on September 5, 2015.

In ROBOTS 3D, host and narrator RoboThespian, an android voiced by actor, comedian and filmmaker Simon Pegg ("Star Trek"; "Shaun of the Dead"), takes audiences on a lively tour of the world to meet a dozen of the most remarkable robots in Europe, Japan and the U.S. From Robonaut, the first space robot handyman, to robot butlers and home helper humanoids to eerily human-looking androids to search and rescue robots, the film showcases the latest cutting edge efforts-as well as the challenges-driving roboticists, engineers and scientists around the globe to new breakthroughs.

Directed by Mike Slee ("Flight of the Butterflies"; "Bugs!") and produced by Jini Dürr ("Mysteries of the Unseen World"; "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure"), ROBOTS 3D provides rare access to labs where researchers are putting the robots through their paces, striving to replicate human capabilities such as mobility, locomotion and dexterity, using sensory data and visual perception. Getting a machine to move or think like a human, or to sense, plan and act, is no easy feat. Given the complexities and capabilities of the human brain, hands, feet, and face alone-not to mention the number of muscles and joints--robot researchers certainly have their work cut out for them in developing humanoids that won't just achieve human potential, but could one day surpass it.

"This film will really open people's eyes and make them think about how amazing these machines are, how amazing human beings are, and how complicated it is to make a machine that can do what we do," said director Mike Slee.

"ROBOTS 3D not only gives remarkable insight into what is currently going on in robotics labs around the world and the extraordinary leaps that have been made in the field, but also highlights the complexities of human ability," said producer Jini Dürr.

The 40-minute large format film also explores the latest in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, humanoid cognition and human-robot interaction (HRI), as well as exciting developments in cloud robotics.

ROBOTS 3D also travels to the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the intense two-day competition to test how robots might deal with disasters, staged by the U.S. Government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a response to Japan's 2011 Fukushima earthquake. The competition tested rival all-purpose rescue robots' abilities to perform tasks including driving, walking on rough terrain, clearing debris, opening doors, using a power tool, and turning a safety valve, all during catastrophic conditions.

An original production from Day's End Pictures for National Geographic Studios, ROBOTS 3D was produced in partnership with Lockheed Martin. Symantec is an educational outreach partner, while both the National 4-H Council, and the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) are promotional partners for the film. Executive producers are Brooke Runnette and Lisa Truitt. Sean Macleod Phillips is director of photography.

"ROBOTS 3D will captivate on every level," said Brooke Runnette, president of National Geographic Studios. "Dazzling visuals and a tremendously entertaining story filled with real scientific adventure and technological innovation are all wrapped up in the eye-popping giant screen package."

MEET THE HUMANOIDS (in order of appearance):
With RoboThespian as a guide, the film highlights the featured aptitudes of each robot. Among the humanoids ROBOTS 3D introduces to audiences are:

· "HRP-2": Designed to study locomotion, watch this bi-pedal bot crawl and walk.
· "ASIMO": Honda's famed humanoid can jump and run up to 5 m.p.h.
· "ATLAS": This 6-foot, 330-pound search and rescue robot navigates rough terrain.
· "COMAN": Just try to knock down this small headless wonder with the flexible joints!
· "HERB THE BUTLER": We may never have to clear the table or do dishes again!
· "ROBONAUT": NASA's space handyman "Robonaut" helps astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
· "CHIMP": This humanoid "sees" by using laser light and sending out pulses that bounce back, like a bat uses echolocation.
· "JUSTIN": You will definitely want this robot on your team! He has 90% accuracy rate for catching balls!
· "iCUB": This adorable robot is designed to look like a child and to learn like one.
· "PR-2": This robot could tie shoes (if it had any!) and fold laundry because of its incredible ability to recognize shapes and manipulate soft and flexible materials.
· ANDROIDS: The human face has over 40 muscles to express emotions like fear, anger, surprise, happiness-and these androids seem capable of these emotions, too.
· "NAO": This small humanoid used for education is a huge favorite with the kids everywhere.

ROBOTS 3D gives audiences a fascinating and exciting look at what makes us human, how far machines must really go to look and act like us, and how humanoids are already changing our world. Addressing technological and philosophical questions with clarity and humor, the film provides a glimpse into a future in which man and machine forge an increasingly sophisticated relationship.

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Lockheed Martin DynaTheater Schedule beginning September 5, 2015:
· Robots 3D: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
· Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
· Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D: 4 p.m.

· Adults (13-59) $10
· Seniors (60+) $8
· Children (3-12) $6; Children 2 and under free

The Lockheed Martin DynaTheater is located inside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Old Town Albuquerque. It offers a 3D experience on a giant five-story screen.

Locally sponsored by Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, the Albuquerque Journal, 99.5 Magic FM and 93.3 KOB FM.
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