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Virtual NASA Valkyrie Experience Phase 1

  • DDI Funding: £60k
  • Timescale: Exhibition ends May 2019
  • Lead Hub: Bayes Centre

The Data-Driven Innovation initiative has funded a digital experience for a major robotics exhibition that will demonstrate the City Region’s world-leading robotics capabilities to an estimated 60,000+ people, inspiring and educating our tourists and citizens.

The Robots Exhibition will run at the National Museum of Scotland from January to May 2019. The exhibition will provide behind-the-scenes insight into the amazing work being done at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, a £100M joint venture between the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.

Festivals and Tourism is one of 10 sectors we’re aiming to support through data-driven innovation, with industry chiefs aiming to increase visitor spending in Edinburgh from £1.3bn in 2010 to £1.5bn by 2020.

The partnership involves working with the award-winning immersive media company, Hammerhead VR, to create a large touch-screen with fully rotational 3D models of NASA’s humanoid robot, Valkyrie.

After the exhibition closes, the VR display will continue to inspire and educate future generations of data technologists and scientists through outreach activity for schools and will help attract investment to the City Region in demonstrations for potential industry partners.

After the exhibition closes, the VR display will continue to inspire and educate future generations of data technologists and scientists through outreach activity for schools