Saturday, October 09, 2010

Dorkbot SoCal Oct. 16

Dorkbot SoCal 41

***** Saturday, October 16, 2010
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

David Resnick - Undulating Flux
http://www.davidresnick.me/

Undulating Flux is David's first-year project in the Arts Computation Engineering program at UC Irvine. The goal of Undulating Flux is to bring the participant into what psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi termed a flow state, described as a state of being wherein action follows upon action according to an internal logic that seems to need no conscious intervention by the participant. Undulating Flux explores these questions by setting up a transduction chain wherein a vibrationist sends intense music and motion-synced vibrations into the participants body. The technology behind this project centers around the Nintendo Wii remote and the Max programming environment. The wiimote data is streamed into Max wherein parameters are set to control the intensity of each vibrator individually. A Max package called Maxuino is used to send the control data to an Arduino microcontroller, which is connected to the motors.




Theron Trowbridge - DIY 3D Printing

Theron Trowbridge lives in Los Angeles and manages the digital video encoding department of a Hollywood post production facility. A life-long DIY-er, he is a founding member of CRASH Space, a hackerspace in Los Angeles, where he helped build, maintain, and upgrade multiple MakerBot Cupcake CNCs. He has also 3D objects for priting and is a regular contributor to Thingiverse. In his spare time, Theron creates and performs weird computer-generated electronic music under the monicker Bangsplat.




Kevin Nelson - Nexus Pyrosphere
http://nexusorg.org/category/fire-art/pyrosphere-fire-art/

Created by the Nexus group, The PyroSphere is a 22 ft diameter geodesic sphere, elevated on five 15 ft legs for a total hieght of 37 ft. The sphere itself has 92 flame effect valves, each located at one of the sphere's 92 vertices, which emits a 3 to 4 ft fire ball, controlled individually by a microcontroller.

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