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From Karen Marcelo

7:00pm social hour 8:00pm presentations
March 30 2016

140 9th St. (between Mission and Howard)
San Francisco, CA

FREE but $5-$20 donations for our hosts much appreciated

Snacks from @GrilledCheezGuy

140 9th Street (between Mission and Howard)
San Francisco, CA

Mark Pauline - Oculus Rift Controlled Track Robot with Underactuated Gripper

Mark has been updating the Track Robot (one of the first if not the first mobile robot to be controlled over the web in 1996) this time giving it a VR controller using an Oculus Rift. He's also been using a 5 axis CNC to create an underactuated gripper which allow the fingers to grip and pinch objects of varying dimensions. The linkages (which are spring loaded) cause the finger to behave like a real finger and allow it to automatically grip nearly any type of object securely. Its 8 inches long. It only requires a single actuator. He's bringing the robot to demo.

Mark Pauline is the founder/director of Survival Research Labs. Survival Research Laboratories was conceived of and founded by Mark Pauline in November 1978. Since its inception SRL has operated as an organization of creative technicians dedicated to re-directing the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product or warfare. Since 1979, SRL has staged over 45 mechanized presentations in the United States and Europe. Each performance consists of a unique set of ritualized interactions between machines, robots, and special effects devices, employed in developing themes of socio-political satire. Humans are present only as audience or operators.

Justin Dwyer - A-blaze : VR Integration in an Acoustic Performance Instrument

A standard drum kit fitted with contact mics running into Ableton and TouchDesigner with an Oculus headset. The aim is to use no samples, sequenced material or pre-rendered visuals. Everything must be real time. Some rules are made to change over a performance with no input from the performer. One of the future goals of this project is to create real time visuals in AR

Justin Dwyer (B.Mus) is a Melbourne based audio-visual artist who specializes in immersive and interactive audio-visual works. He was shortlisted in the International 2015 Lumen Prize Awards: Lumen Performance Award for Floating Worlds. Justin is a three-time ARIA nominated drummer and electronic composer (Australia's premier music awards). Between 2013 and 2014 he was commissioned by the City of Melbourne, Australia, to create three interactive art installations for children, Floating Worlds, Robotica, and Driving BeatZ. Justin is currently the lead designer and audio artist on a series of virtual reality and audio-based digital games for a European commercial client.

Floating Worlds from Justin Dwyer on Vimeo.

Jonathan Foote - A Spherical Display and Sensor Array

The Ommatid is a combined spherical display and sensor array that Jonathan built during a residency at Pier 9. He will talk about its design and construction and speculate on what, if anything, it might be useful for.

Jonathan Foote is a tinkerer and recovering scientist with a background in machine learning and electronics. He does technical consulting to pay the rent and the balance of his time playing with lights, perception, and robots.


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