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New Zealand's Science Technology Future

As MOTAT hosts the Science Fiction Science Future exhibition we look at local research groups and innovative companies who are inventing the future around us.

As MOTAT hosts the Science Fiction Science Future exhibition we look at local groups and companies who are inventing the future around us.

From cutting-edge robotics to AI powered retail, futuristic farming to interplanetary exploration New Zealand developed technology will shape our lives in exciting and possibly unimaginable ways.


WETA DIGITAL: CREATING DIGITAL LIFE FROM REAL LIFE

For the ground-breaking film Gemini Man, Weta Digital developed cutting-edge technology to create a young version of Will Smith called Junior—a digital human whose appearance and performance are driven by the real Will Smith through motion capture.

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HALTER: BRINGING HUMANS AND COWS CLOSER THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Halter is making waves in the dairy farming industry here in Aotearoa. The team of over 50 staff has created the current Halter collar. This clever collar produces sound waves that cows can respond to, and the innovative technology behind it is one of the first big leaps for dairy farming in many years.

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ROCKET LAB'S OUT OF THIS WORLD

New Zealand aerospace company Rocket Lab is going to the Moon and then Venus! Rocket Lab is taking steps towards a bigger and better future for space exploration from the world’s only private orbital launch site, located on the Mahia Peninsula, Hawke’s Bay.

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IMAGR: THE FUTURE OF RETAIL

Imagr is a company based out of Auckland that is making waves in the retail shopping world. They have created the SmartCart, cutting-edge AI technology that skips the checkout stage of in-store shopping. A revolution in retail-tech that is easy to apply to any store across the world.

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HUMAN-LIKE ROBOTS OR ROBOT-LIKE HUMANS?

New Dexterity, a research group located within the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering is changing the game for robotics in New Zealand and across the world. Meet their latest robotic helper ARoA and other incredible inventions like exoskeleton gloves, wearable controllers that bring humans and robots closer together as coworkers,
collaborators, and maybe even friends?

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