On Sunday, big and small robots took over the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia for Robotronica, in a celebration of futurism and technology. The event featured everything from a robot playing Connect Four against kids determined to thrash it, to speakers like Ian Bernstein, the founder of high-tech toy company Sphero, who designed a new droid for the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There was even a performance by a robotic marimba player.
Robotronica also had something for science fiction fans, with Darth Vader, Storm Troopers and Daleks wandering the campus. But nothing could beat the presence of Neil Harbisson, a human-cyborg who was born colour blind, but now senses colours as sounds with his antenna. The future is here, and it’s pretty fun.