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Save the date: Botacon, a new conference for robots and the people who are creative near them, is happening next weekend at the Brooklyn Lyceum. If you’re at all interested in robots and the robot art world, it should be a great time:

A new day is dawning for robotics. The tools of manufacturing have been democratized and robots have become modular and configurable. It is easier than ever to make your own robots.

This conference will shine a spotlight on this fresh approach to robotics and the roboticists building a better tomorrow through automation. The day will be have talks, demonstrations, explanations, and robotic wisdom.

They have a great list of speakers lined up, including MAKE contributer Chris Connors:

Heather Knight – Robotic Touch: Capacitive Sensing to Understand Human Body Language
Rob Gilson – State of the Replicators
Chris Connors – MakerBot and emerging technologies in the classroom
Dustyn Roberts – 3D without the Glasses: Making Assemblies of Parts
Laura Greig – Helping Paintbots Become More Than Printers
Kio Stark – 9 Ways to Make Your Robot Come to Life
Ben Combee – Put a Web Server on Your Bot
Erik de Bruijn – Open source innovation: On empowerment, architecture and ecosystems
Mr.Kim – Makerbot Printable Transistors and OLEDs
George Hart – Cool Geometric Forms
Zach Smith – Compilers of Industrial Revolution 2
Ilan Moyer – Gestural Design: Product Design in an Age of Personal Fabrication
Iem and Andy Heng and Zhang – Autonomous and Non-Autonomous Flexible Robot
Amy Hurst – Nickel for Scale – automatically customizing 3D objects to fit YOU!
Adam Mayer – Tiny Robots Everywhere

Botacon
Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 10am – 6pm
Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue, NY 11215
Cost: $45 general/$35 student


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