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Presenting SP's Family of Mice

Catch the cute robotic singing mice created by SP students in action this Lunar New Year.


Daddy, Mummy, Boy-boy and Girl-girl mouse were amongst this year's attractions at the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations Light-up Ceremony on Saturday, 19 January.

Dressed in traditional Chinese New Year silk costumes, the family of mice entertained and amused young and old alike by singing, talking and performing for them. And as the mice did their rounds along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on that day, crowds cheered and waved to them as if they were Hollywood celebrities.

So who exactly is this Family of Mice?

They are four cute, cartoon-like robotic mice which are controlled by students from the School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering using a hand-held radio device that can direct a robot within a range of 50 to 100 metres. The family was developed especially for this Light-up Ceremony and this year's Chinese New Year, which coincides with the Lunar Year of the Rat. The robots were earlier exhibited during the Spinnovex exhibition held in SP from 10 - 12 January.

If you were not able to catch the Family of Mice at Chinatown, here's another opportunity for you. The Family will be performing at the Singapore Science Centre in conjunction with the Year of the Rat Exhibition from 7 February to 24 February.


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