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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2009
New robot at Hazelbrook’s fun store S elwood Science & Puzzles at Hazelbrook is always adding to its interactive activities and displays. The latest addition is a robot that ‘knows’ when people are around. Normally, the robot sits quietly in the corner, keeping its batteries charged. But when anyone comes near, it senses them automatically and comes to ‘life’, moving around on its wheels. Occasionally, it will stop or make robot noises. The robot itself is 60cms high and is controlled by its own electronics and sensors. There are a lot of electronics beneath the skin. Small people will just watch the robot doing its thing, while bigger people will wonder and try to work out how it all happens. This display – as well as others at Selwood Science – has been developed by Selwood Science & Puzzles and cannot be seen anywhere else. These include an old piano that plays by itself, a bottle that floats in the air, over 60 holograms, a skeleton face that hides in a mirror and even talks to you, just to name a few. Selwood Science & Puzzles is next to Hazelbrook Railway Station at 41 Railway Parade, Hazelbrook. Entrance to all areas is free with free car parking. Selwood is open every day during school holidays. Otherwise it is closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Hours are 9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Friday, 10.00am-4.30pm Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays. Selwood is closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day and Good Friday. 32 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au autumn 2009