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From Karen Marcelo
From Eric Cheng

Video from James Young - The whole shebang!
Videos from James Young by speaker:

Video from Eric Cheng - drone shot over dorkbot
Video from Karen Marcelo - Moldover with generative visuals in the background

Andy Isaacson - Cypherpunks 2.0
Jordan Gray (@starpause) - Modular Video Synthesis

6:30pm note it's SATURDAY this time!
12 October 2013

dimension 7
150 Folosom St. (between Main and Spear)
San Francisco, CA


FREE ADMISSION But donations ($5-$20) to our hosts would be very much appreciated.

This marathon dorkbotSF is part of the Transbay Festival. We'll start as our regular dorkbotSF meeting and end as the Transbay after party. Please RSVP here so we can get a good headcount

Snacks from @grilledcheezguy
Books from RE/Search available!
Sound reactive generative visuals - Karen Marcelo

dimension 7
150 Folsom St, SF, CA

Tom Zimmerman - Texting Sea Turtles and Cars Making Music

Sea turtles have been around for 500 million years but are in danger of extinction. To help reverse this trend, accelerometers are installed in sea turtle nests and connected to cell phones. When the hatchlings are about to emerge, text messages sent from the nest alert park rangers who clear a safe passage to the ocean.

Modern cars have a data bus that carries real-time sensor and actuator information. What if you could hear the data? To realize this, data generated from a Ford C-MAX hybrid is turned into MIDI notes with Python code and sonified using Ableton Live. The music is fed to a video synthesizer written by Karen Marcelo.

Tom Zimmerman is an inventor, educator and researcher at IBM Research-Almaden exploring the boundaries of human/creature/machine interface. His inventions include the DataGlove (controller for Virtual Reality), Personal Area Network (sending data through the body), Lensless Stereo Microscope, and a bunch of other projects written up in Make Magazine

Andy Isaacson - Cypherpunks Part II: Fight!

We thought the Crypto Wars were won by the Good Guys in the 90s. Thanks to Ed Snowden we now know the fight just moved to a different field. We have a lot of catching up to do...

Andy Isaacson is a co-founder of Noisebridge, and runs their Tor exit node. He writes filesystems and tells people they are wrong about crypto on the Internet.

@eqe on twitter

Jordan Gray aka starpause the k9d - Analog Modular Video Synthesis

While most of the computer art world (perhaps wisely) turns to the power of GPUs, there is a stray contingent clinging to patch cables and knobs as their preferred means of expression. They start with basic waveforms then add flourishes of logic, filters, blending and feedback to paint moving pictures for live performance, installation, and more. Jordan starPause Gray will provide a primer on system basics and get hands on with some live patching.

Jordan Gray (aka starPause the k9d) is Manager of Creative Labs @OrganicInc and co-founder of CODAME, a SF based event celebrating the intersection of ART+TECH. He loves bicycles, photography, electronic music, dayan qigong & haiku.
@starpause on twitter

Eric Cheng - Aerial Imaging and Drones: A Different Perspective

Eric Cheng will show some of his latest aerial-imaging work using off-the-shelf quadcopters (so-called "drones" by the media and general public). Talk includes a live demo.

Eric Cheng is an award-winning underwater photographer, publisher and technologist. Caught between technical and creative worlds, Eric holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical cello performance. Eric is the founder and publisher of, the premiere community website for underwater image makers. See more of Eric's work at (underwater) and at (aerial).

Damon Hernandez - Digital Fabrication & Interactive 3D - A Better Way To Build

Technology-driven design and fabrication processes are used on a growing number of the world's most complex and high-performance buildings. This presentation will showcase project examples using these cutting-edge building systems with a focus on wood-framed and high-performance structures. Using innovative hardware and software for interactive 3D, Damon will demonstrate how immersive design and fabrication applications enable multiple users to design collaboratively and explore cnc fabrication ready building information model data in real-time 3D.

Damon is actively involved with the 3D web's convergence with technologies including GIS, CAD/BIM/CAM, AR, and mobile. He has built numerous mixed reality applications and has lead dozens of research projects in multiple domains. He has worked with several 3D web and virtual world companies and is currently with IDEAbuilder, a company that uses mixed reality technologies and robotic manufacturing to build homes more efficiently.

Moldover - New Human Interfaces for Music - DIY MIDI Controllers

Human interface design for musical instruments presents unique challenges and vast new possibilities. The proliferation of low cost rapid-prototyping tools has put the means of fabricating instruments within reach of the performing musician. In this talk, Moldover goes through the design process for his main performance controller (The Mojo), his multiplayer instruments (aka Jamboxes) and his new RoboCaster guitar-controller.

If technology and music are your life, brace yourself- Moldover is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by over 1,000,000 YouTube viewers as "The Godfather of Controllerism", Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is "literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel" (Remix Magazine). Witness his balls-to-the-wall live show at a club, experience one of his jambox multiplayer instruments at a festival, or pick up and play the "light theremin" packaging of his debut album and understand why the next paradigm for music is a one-man-brand called Moldover.

If you would like to give a presentation in the future or host a dorkbotSF meeting, please contact Karen Marcelo at dorkbotsf [at] dorkbot [dot] org

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