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DIY Nightlife @calacademy

I’ll be presenting a behind-the-scenes view of the Academy of Sciences exhibits and robotics @CASNightlife on May 15th, for DIY Nightlife.We’ll be joined by the Green Art Workshop, the SF Maker Faire, The Crucible, and California College of the Arts, with music by DJ Omar. Come drink, dance, and make something — RSVP on Facebook or get tickets at calacademy.org/events/nightlife.

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Vibrating at the Bay Area Science Festival

As part of the Bay Area Science Festival, Bart Bernhardt of Nerd Nite fame will be hosting Nerd Speed Dating on November 4th, during the science pub crawl. I’ll be giving a very short talk on the electronics and mechanical history of vibrators, from steam and wind-up to high-voltage, and doing my best to make it not-creepy while you people meet cute nerds of varying genders. Potential door prize: A MacGuyver-hackish vibrator made out of…

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Human-Computer Interactivity and Engineering the Cyberpunk Future

On November 3rd, I’ll be taking part in a series of IGNITE talks, presenting, “Human-Computer Interactivity and Engineering the Cyberpunk Future, alongside Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly publishing, and several other nerds. The synopsis: Poking keyboards and wiggling mice was fine for its time, but the future of Human-Computer Interaction will enhance lives invisibly and tangibly. Highlighting a variety of sensors already in Academy exhibits, and previews of some that will control next year’s, Jon Britton…

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Meet my robots at Stanford VAIL during National Robotics Week

I’ll be presenting some of my robot friends at the amazing Robot Block Party hosted at the Volkswagon Automotive Innovation Lab at Stanford. There’ll be wonderful robots on display ranging from Mars Rovers from The Tech Museum, to middle school robot projects. Cutting edge robotics companies represented at the Block Party include industry leaders like Adept, Bosch, Willow Garage and researchers from SRI International and the Center for Automotive Research. Smaller startups are also on…

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GROWBOT, aka Robotany, is awake and farming

I publicly debuted the Growbot, a symbiotic aquarium and hydroponic garden that’s managed by a rudimentary AI robot, at the California Academy of Sciences Nightlife last week. Growbot is based on the Propeller chipset by Parallax and OSX (with a Playstation Eye camera), and can monitor Ph, lighting, temperature, watering, humidity, plant health and disease, feeding, draining, and more. I’ll be putting the source code and schematics online here, so check back and Build It…

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The Technology of Science Visualization at San Francisco Nerd Nite

I’ll be talking about life, the Universe and everything at San Francisco Nerd Nite on Wednesday, March 16th. Be sure to RSVP here, (though it isn’t mandatory.) Nerd Nite had this to say: The Coolest A/V Club in the Universe: Science Visualization at the California Academy of Sciences What happens when A/V geeks grow up? The Morrison Planetarium. Boasting the largest all-digital dome in the world, state-of-the-art projection and software, and the finest scientific minds—and…

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Thermographic IR at the “Summer of Slither”

The Academy of Sciences is opening the “Summer of Slither: Snakes and Lizards” exhibit to the public for the rest of the summer. In addition to having live animals and other artifacts on display, I’ve designed an interactive, thermographic IR camera display helping visitors understand some snakes’ “heat sensing” vision. More features and interactivity will be added later.

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Science of Sound at Nightlife

We’ll be presenting the Science of Sound at the Nightlife event at the California Academy of Sciences, in Africa Hall. I’ll be explaining, playing, and letting you rock out on my theremins, and possibly demoing sound visualization software based off the line out of the instruments. We’ll also have oscilloscopes, an optical theremin, a function generator and a laundry list of things to play with and talk about — it’s about as hands-on as one…

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Microsoft Research Nightlife – Kinect WWT

I’ll be presenting my Microsoft Kinect powered interface to World Wide Telescope at Nightlife on September 29th at the California Academy of Sciences. The theme of the night is Microsoft Research and uses of its products at the Academy. There will be live tours of the Earth, satellite and rover data, DJ’s, booze, and you can fly through the known Universe using Minority Report style gestures, throw a planet, and possibly control an animatronic mimic-bot.…

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Life: A Cosmic Story opens in November

We’re in the final stages of production for Life: A Cosmic Story, a new full-dome film at the Morrison Planetarium. Narrated by Jodie Foster (with some scientific sign-off from Jill Tarter herself,) and using a 13.1 space-mapped audio profile, Life will explore the origins of life on Earth, the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe and the human influence on our environment. The show opens the first week of November at the California Academy…

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