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Halo: Reach with Robots

September 18th, 2010 by

As an engineer working for a Robotic company and system integrator this was of particular interest to me. Usually we spend all our time figuring out how to use robots to build cars, handle material or package goods. But on occassion, engineers are able to let their imagination loose….

New Scientist website has taken a gander at some of the current technology that is being used to promote the recent release of Halo: Reach from Bungie Studios.

The launch in the UK was ushered in when Dan Schuld (Rocketman) donned full Halo Battle fatigues and fully functional JetPack before flying around Trafalgar Square in London. Albeit only a 30 second flight (limited to the fuel capacity), early morning tourists and onlookers were offered ear plugs as it generates 140dB (which is generally recognised as the threshold of pain!).

(Mrs Adamski walked past the TV while I was watching it…”Ooh, is that real”?)

Dan Scuhld takes to the sky in London

Inventive Halo marketing also saw Microsoft gather contributions for an art installation.
It’s an unusual ‘sculpture’ that is constructed entirely from light.
It features an industrial Kuka Robot (similar to those used in various manufacturing and assembly plants) that plots points of light in a three dimensional space. 118,422 points to be exact.

Programming the Robot

Those beacons of light, thanks to a long exposure times build up a monument to the Noble Team as a poignant reminder to ‘Remember Reach”.
Visitors to the site can assign their FaceBook identity to one of these points of light. When the full compliment of FaceBook users have been reached (118,422), the sculpture slowly fades to be replaced by new visitors.

Take a peek behind the scenes and find out how the Halo community created the installation.

It’s an interesting piece which fuses modern technology, art, video games and social networking.

Halo Reach has estimated to have sold over 300,000 copies in 24 hours in the UK alone.

Head over to www.RememberReach.com to view the haunting Robot Installation.

Source: New Scientist

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