On the evening of November 12, 2015, at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, KEN and the IEEE ENCS Humanoid Robot Project Team were one of 25 special attractions brought in by the museum for their adults-only Heroes & Villains 2015 event. This event encouraged guests to come in costume and enjoy the special attractions at the museum. KEN, dressed in a Batman t-shirt, met approximately 160 guests and museum staff during the 3 hour event.
Lixiao, Rodney, and Daniel staffed the event on behalf of the team. The dolls helped to demonstrate KEN’s face recognition abilities.
The Freeze was just one of many superheroes and costumed characters KEN met at this event. And, no, KEN cannot learn to recognize your face if you are wearing goggles and a plastic bowl on your head.