dorkbot san francisco

People doing strange things with electricity

RSS     twitter     facebook     mailing list     archives     calendar     blog     tours     press     lucky 100 (t-shirts)

From Karen Marcelo

Videos from James Young
Greg Leyh

7:00pm social hour 8:00pm presentations
Sep 20 2017

Gray Area
2665 Mission St (between 22nd and 23rd)
San Francisco, CA

Sliding scale entry $5-$20 for our hosts much appreciated

Gray Area
2665 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

Greg Leyh - Nikola Tesla's Wireless System and Other Intriguing Large-Scale Electrical Effects

A discussion of three mysterious electrical effects that only occur at large physical scales, and exciting new data and research directions to help solve them

Greg E. Leyh is the principal engineer for Lightning On Demand, a research facility for directly exploring the largescale physics of natural lightning. Previous works include the Electrum Project, a 38ft tall kinetic lightning sculpture currently operating in New Zealand, and the Marx Modulator, a 14 megawatt pulsed power supply for the International Linear Collider.

His employment experience includes Hansen Laboratories at Stanford University, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and Survival Research Laboratories, where he designed the Taser Cannon and the 120L50K Experimental Coil. Current research directions include global wireless power the large-scale physics of natural lightning.

Sam Coniglio, Kiki Jewell, Katherine Becvar - DrinkBots! The Art and Tech of Getting Drunk

Neither cyborg nor a vending machine, a drinkbot creates cocktails in new and entertaining ways. Inspired by the wacky inventions of ROBOEXOTICA in Vienna, Austria, the fascination of Cocktail Robotics inspired a group of San Franciscans and created a series of related events. Is there a business model? (Drinkbots As A Service?) Is it art? Do we care about old tech vs new tech as long as you get a quality drink? Can anyone make a drinkbot? These questions and more will be discussed.

Samuel Coniglio is a retro-futurist who dabbles in Steampunk and in Space Tourism, and finds unusual synergies between old and new. He created his first drinkbot, the COSMOBOT, to combine his love of space travel, robots, and fine cocktails. His latest invention, the TIKITRON, plays with the modern Tiki myths of human sacrifice and volcano deities. As a Space Tourism designer he developed the first Zero Gravity Glass and other concepts for improving creature comforts for weary space travelers. He is a crew member of Obtainium Works Steampunk Artist Collective. By day he fixes computers and translates geek into English for a variety of Silicon Valley companies.

Katherine Becvar is a librarian and costume designer by day, and a mom, artist, and gardener the rest of the time. She created the Tea Engine drinkbot out of a vintage coffee percolator. She is a crew member of Obtainium Works Steampunk Artist Collective.

Kiki Jewell has been a programmer since she was 13 years old, took graduate level programming classes and did research in virtual reality as an undergrad, was a programmer then technical director at Pixar, then left the tech sector to set water fountains on fire for Burning Man, and then created a human out of milk (then out of food.) Recently, she has become very interested in hardware, electric cars, self driving cars, and Montessori education -- she can geek out equally in all of them. She is a crew member of Obtainium Works Steampunk Artist Collective.

Eddie Codel - Advanced Aerial Imagery Techniques with Drones

Eddie will run down some of the fantastic ways you can use a drone to capture advanced aerial imagery. It's not just about pretty pictures. Learn how to create a 360 photo stitched from multiple images. Discover the wonders of creating a terrain map and 3D model of your favorite architectural structure using photogrammetry. Eddie will also share some pretty moving pictures recently captured out at that thing in the desert.

Eddie Codel self-identifies as an aerial cinematographer, drone film festival founder, and live video producer. Eddie is the founder and director of the Flying Robot International Film Festival (FRiFF), now in its 3rd year. FRiFF will screen at the Roxie Theater on November 16th. He can be cound on the Internet at

dorkbotSF mailing list info         RSS