Exhibits | Robotics


This exhibit contains two robotic arm units, two underwater exploration unites, a planetary probe robot simulation, a cybernetics display, an interactive health robot and two information displays. You do NOT want to miss this all-new exciting adventure at the Emerald Coast Science Center!

Robotic Arm Units

These two robotic arm units vary based upon the number and type of arms and the method with which they are controlled. Every arm has five ranges of motion and either three or five fingers. For the arms with five fingers, each finger is controlled independently while the three-finger model is just an open/close control. The arms can be controlled by direct view or through a teleoperated system. The direct view system has the arm directly in front of the visitor while teleoperated system involves the visitor controlled the camera from a remote location. The visitor is provided with a monitor that shows an image from a camera mounted from the top of the arm. This teleoperated system is used by astronauts while the direct view system is more commonly used in industry.

These two exhibits will allow visitors to see how robotics is currently used in underwater exploration.  Visitors will experience the difficulty of controlling robots underwater.


  • AUV & ROV Exhibit: Operate a working model of an underwater robot. Try it in AUV mode which allows the robot to automatically performs some of the tasks and then try it in ROV mode for a completely manual controlled operation. Place three items in the basket in a limited time interval for a successful mission. Place five in the basket in the same amount of time for an excellent mission rating.

  • Robotic Underwater Exploration Simulator: This exhibit has a textured underwater landscape, blue LED lighting that casts a bluish tone over the interior reminiscent of water, and artifacts that might be found on the ocean floor for the visitor to pickup with the robot arm.

Underwater Exploration Exhibits
Planetary Probe Robot Simulation

In this exhibit, visitors use a remotely controlled probe to explore an alien planet’s surface in search of nine vital elements.  They must determine the most likely sites for the elements, direct the probe to the location, and take readings within a specified length of time before the probe theoretically fails to operate due to the harsh environment.

Cybernetic Display

The cybernetic display exposes visitors to range of biomedical devices that are or could be used to replace body parts.  This exhibit features working models of an artificial limb, eye and ear. Actual sensor electrodes can be used by the visitor to operate an artificial hand and forearm. An oscilloscope shows the sounds patterns from the ear and the mechanics and electrical elements of hearing and the eye would be a working model of an image sensor array and display that could be tested with a series of test objects that the array would turn into a basic image.

The interactive health robot is an educational assistant that features many automatic responses that pertain to health, knowledge of the body and hygiene.  Visitors will interact with the robot and it will respond with speech and motion.  It has dual functionality; it can be controlled remotely by a museum employee and can also be used as an exhibit.  As an exhibit, the robot is contained in a 10’ x 10’ corral.  Visitors use controls built into the exhibit railing to interact with the robot.

Interactive Health Robot
Informational Displays

Humanitarian, Environmental, & Tools of the Trade Combination Display

This display shows how robotic technology may be used to help the disabled, save lives, protect people and clean up toxic materials.  It also includes a bit on the history and future forecast for robotics.  In addition, the display contains basic tools used to create robots and the explanations of their purposes.

Making of the Exhibition Kiosk

The kiosk contains a 20” monitor and DVD that shows creation of many of the exhibition elements.  Visitors can select from a menu to see how the electronics, mechanical, and electromechanical

parts go together.


31 SW Memorial Parkway

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Museum Hours:

Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday-Tuesday: Closed

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