they're no longer a sci-fi phenomenon, but already a reality in an increasing number of industries. we're talking robots and their expanding deployability in our society. artplay is a business and trade centre in moscow that's home to designers, architects, project-makers, in addition to a number of related suppliers and retailers. opening there today is bal robotov or robot ball, a science event for the general public centered around the showcase of a number of top robot designs from around the planet. it's very much an interactive presentation that allows visitors to chat with walking android-robots, robots-musicians, lab robots and also robot artists. additionally, there's an educational program with workshops for both kids and adults in robot engineering in a special lab equipped with 3d printers. mind you, classes are supervised by renowned russian amous scientists and engineers. the robocafé is the place where to chill out from the brainy action, while a special souvenir shop is stocked with coveted memorabilia for die-hard robot fans [on through jun 15]. location: ulitsa nizhnyaya syromyatnicheskaya 10 [basmanniy].