[update 14Feb: I was kindly requested to remove a couple of pictures. Hopefully they can be reinstated after the show is aired tonight]
First, apologies for incorrectly using BBC5 in the title. It is Channel-5, not BBC.
We arrived at the Manchester science museum this morning at 9am and were there till around 6pm. The whole studio was set up inside the main hall of the museum. I never knew how involved it was to set up such a TV show. There were 2 huge vans full of equipment outside, about 20 crew members, 5 cameras, and from around 2pm there was an audience of 300 people that were very effectively controlled by the production team.
The Gadget Show presenters spent the whole morning rehearsing. Every shot, look, crack, move, laugh and most of the text was pre-scripted and usually required at least 2-3 takes.
You would think when watching TV that these guys just stand there and look pretty. This may be true for in-studio celebrity talk-shows but this Gadget Show filming was nothing like i had imagined. These guys and girls work hard getting everything perfect (in the eyes of the producer who was constantly commanding everyone on set through their ear-pieces which made the presenters look like there were being interrupted by an invisible deity some of the time).
They had an aquarium with piranhas and the 2nd tallest guy in UK and some guys that were building Kevlar protection pouches for their iphones and explosions and gadgets..
The race was on uneven concrete floor which prevented most humanoids from walking properly.
RoboSavvy team had KHR3, Bioloid comprehensive, Bioloid GP (brought in from Korea for the show), Orac's Manoi, Robobuilder.
The robot race was composed of a cacophony of 40 odd moving contraptions some of them remote controlled some vaccuum cleaners, a massive lawn-mower robot (that later on caused havoc by stampeding over hapless robots on the track) and even a custom autonomous car for a Robonova (built by Active-Robots team ).
We (roboteers) were stationed behind the makeshift studio in a back-room charging batteries and ensuring the remotes work.
We realized few days before the show that we didn't have the standard remote control for KHR3 in the office so Nuno improvised a solution with an Arduino. More of that in a separate thread.
Eventually we won the race... Ofcourse.
Suzi (one of the presenters) is here holding the Bioloid GP robot for a victory full frontal shot.
The episode will air on Monday at 8pm. Previous episodes of the show are available to non-UK IP addresses via torrent so hopefully by Tuesday this episode to be available too.