dorkbot-nyc tonight… 7pm, Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

dorkbot-nyc tonight… 7pm, Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Make Pt1011
dorkbot-nyc is tonight!

What: dorkbot-nyc meeting
When: 7pm, Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
Where: Location One, 20 Greene St between Canal and Grand
$$$: $FREE$

The 1261047th dorkbot-nyc meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday,
October 1st, 2008 at Location One in SoHo.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Please bring snacks to share.

We’re always looking for (and playing) more dorkbot theme songs! Bring
or email one and we’ll play it at the meeting.


Featuring the volatile and isotopic:

Mark McNamara: Large Interactive Musical Toys
I have been very lucky during the first half of this year to be involved
in creating two large-scale musical toys that invited and relied upon
public interaction. The HAN project asked TUFTS students to acoustically
map their environment. We then created an interactive toy to access that
database of recordings. David Byrne’s Playing the Building turned a
landmarked building in lower Manhattan into a large musical instrument
that he then invited the public to play.

Seth Herr: The Africanized Bee
The ‘Bee’ is a mobile communication system developed by the Division of
Communication at UNICEF that allows for communication, connectivity and
data access in field conditions where such technologies are often
difficult or impossible to use. Included in the first prototypes are
webcams, radio transmitters and ultra-low-power computers. These
components are run with open-source software designed to support the
efforts of field workers and partners, and to be locally adapted for
ongoing use. At dorkbot, we’ll explain the design and technical
development of the Bee, as well as future use-cases and implementations.
We’ll also bring along our latest prototype.

Ayah Bdeir: Looking for something super
New York based artist, interaction designer and Eyebeam fellow Ayah Bdeir will be talking about some of her experiments in putting technology where it doesn’t typically belong (or does but doesn’t typically exist) – from kitschy underwear to design furniture to electro-phobic art supply stores.

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