KIBO and HUBO Robot Show

The “KIBO and HUBO Show” was a live robotics demonstration at the Korea National Science Museum, running for a limited time from August to October. The museum is located next to Expo Park in Daedeok Science Town, Daejeon.

The show featured two robots: there was KIBO v2.0 from KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology) and HUBO2 from the Humanoid Robot Research Center at KAIST. The robots performed scripted motions together with a live actor.

The graduate students and researchers at the HUBO Lab spent a lot of time preparing for the show. A custom version of HUBO2 was built, incorporating a Kinect depth sensor embedded into the chest enclosure (Fig. 2) so that the robot could interact with kids, and a red-colored LED dot matrix behind the face visor (Fig. 4) that can display words or facial expressions.

Fig. 1:
The beginning of the show,
before HUBO turns around.

Fig. 2:
Close-up view of customized
HUBO2, with Kinect sensor.

Video 1:
The presenter makes some
opening remarks (in Korean).

Fig. 3:
HUBO robot on-stage
with the presenter.

Fig. 4:
The dot matrix display in the
robot’s head says “HUBO”.

Video 2:
This highlights the many
accomplishments of HUBO.

I don’t have a high-quality video of the entire show, however video 3 (below) shows four scripted behaviors: HUBO turning and walking towards the front of the stage, making a gesture, demonstrating active balance, and grasping an object.

The most impressive behavior is HUBO dancing to the song “Brand New Day”, by Julia Michaels (Video 4). The dancing motion was created using motion capture and Maya, and PhD candidate Inhyeok Kim developed a motion controller incorporating offline whole-body inverse kinematics and an online balance stabilizer. The video clip is from rehearsals and if you look in the background at 6 seconds in, you can see KIBO doing a “joint homing” sequence.

Video 3:
Various parts of the show.

Video 4:
HUBO “dynamic dance”.


Video 5:
Graduate students from
the HUBO Lab.

On this particular day KIBO was not functioning but I found some videos of the KIBO Show from a researcher who works at KIST. In Video 7, if you look to stage-left at 23 seconds in, you can see HUBO hanging from its stand.

Fig. 5:
KIBO in a powered-off state.

Video 6:
A promotional video
for the KIBO Show.

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Video 7:
Highlights from
the KIBO show.

Neo Park / Robocare