The biggest Robotics Laboratory in the country is being officially opened today. The multi million pound facility at the University of the West of England is a joint project with Bristol University. It's home to 70 academics and businesses. Electronics Engineers, mechanical engineers surgeons, mathematians, microbiologists and psychologists - people from all sorts of disciplines are involved in the robotics research.
Researchers are working on dozens of projects at the laboratory. In one they have adapted a child's remote controlled toy. It's controlled by a computer rather than a human and on board is a camera which transmits real time images back to the computer operator.
Researchers are also looking at how robots can help older people with independent living, becoming a working companion.
The Bristol robotics laboratory is the largest in the country. But those behind it say more investment is needed in robotics research if Britain is to compete globally.