dorkbotsf:   dorkbotSF #3


People doing strange things with electricity

images   StevePi's images

7pm Wednesday 11 September 2002
1034 39th St.
Emeryville, CA 94608

Bring your own food/drinks this time


Scott Draves - Electric Sheep
This distributed screensaver owes its name to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet. The Interpretation of Dreams contains an artistic, conceptual, and technical explanation.

When the screen-saver is activated, the screen goes black and an animated 'sheep' appears. Behind the scenes, the screen-saver contacts an internet server and joins the parallel computation of new sheep.

Maribeth Back - Listen Reader + Speeder Reader
The Listen Reader is an interactive children's storybook featuring a rich, evocative ambient soundtrack. Embedded RFID tags were used to sense the page looked at, and capacitive field sensors measure human proximity to the pages. Proximity measurements control volume and other expressive parameters of the sounds associated with each page.

Speeder Reader combines the notion of dynamic typography with the notion of the car as interface. A speed-reading protocol called RSVP (for Rapid Serial Visual Presentation) allows people to learn to read up to 2000 words per minute. This is because it flashes words or short phrases onto the screen in front of you, affixed in one spot; you don't have to move your eyes around a page to read. We give you a gas pedal to control your rate of speed-reading and a steering wheel to navigate between streams of text.

Vordo - Abletons Live Demo
Aside from hosting this month's dorkbot, vordo is also demoing DJ software Abletons Live

Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz (AKA vordo) edits and designs music and sound for both feature and indy films. He is also an eclectic dj and the proprietor of the abstrakt zone ( His first Burning Man was in 1994 and he is one of the founders of the Spiral Oasis, Burning Man's longest running theme camp. His film credits include Romeo + Juliet, Armageddon, Wag the Dog, the Mothman Prophecies and Iara Lee's film Modulations and Synthetic Pleasures.

Many thanks to vordo and Stevepi for hosting this month's dorkbot

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