Story By: Sarah Hopkins, Staff Writer
On Saturday Jan. 21, the "Robots Among Us" event was held for the whole family at the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The free event started at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and was open to the public. Also available was the new exhibit added this past July in the 4th building of the museum.
In the second hangar, visitors got a chance to meet the galaxy's lovable little astromech droid R2D2. The robot moved and had the beeping noises of R2D2 with the recording of Princess Leia message. The technician who built R2D2, Chris Reiff from Illustration and Product Development, talked about how he spent 2500 hours on building the droid. He was secretly operating the robot with a remote controlled console behind his back and the children loved it. "I just tell which sounds to play the remote." stated Reiff.
The other cool gadgets and robots were in the new wing of the Air Force Museum’s fourth hanger. One of the museum’s volunteers Ted Valley explained and presented what the 3-D printer possibilities were for the future and how with today’s technology, the 3-D printer is useful. "One day the 3-D printer would be able to build a house." stated Valley.
Joseph Scupski, who was involved with space robotics, talked about the future of technology and how robots were used in space. "We might be at a point where we do not have to go to work." stated Scupski.
Story Edited By: General Assignment Editor Julian Anguiano