ROBOT featured a four-day festival featuring a robotic talent show, exhibition, workshops, presentations, party and massage parlor. The four-day event examined current applications of robotic technologies on creative practices, activism, consumerism and physical intimacy. Eyebeam concluded the event July 15 with a party from 6-10pm featuring music by DJ-I ROBOT, the first random-access, fully analog robotic DJ. All events are open to the public free of charge with a suggested donation.
Feral Robotic Dogs: The Bureau of Inverse Technology led a workshop on building feral robotic dogs. These semi-autonomous activist robots are created by disassembling and rebuilding commercially available robotic toy dogs. The toys are 'upgraded' by installing a new nose (data collection sensors), a new brain that programs the dogs to "sniff out" contaminants in the environment and by mechanically improving them so that they can traverse outdoor terrain.
Tuesday July 15 12-6PM - Tickle Salon 12-6PM - New York - Tokyo Robotics 6-8PM - Presentations and Discussion 8-10PM - Party
Albatross is a prototype mechanism exploring the interplay of data collection and robotics combining a robotic machine with mapping visualization software. Named after Baudelaire's poem encapsulating the central streams of Romantic thought, Albatross is an autonomous structure that roams a space until the end of its life, mapping and scanning the area. It has two limitations; the limitation of the space and the limitation of the radio frequency (RF) that influences the movement of the robot in the physical space and the trace-making in the virtual space.
A RE-ENACTMENT OF THE BATTLE OF THE PYRAMIDS is a performance installation of reconfigured robotic toys performing seemingly military maneuvers in rigid choreographed formations. This art project explores and uses sensor and wireless communication to create clusters of entities moving in exact synchronization in response to a call to arms.
Robot Clothes will be teaching Pocket Workshops to high school students as part of Eyebeam's Digital Day Camp program. This year's theme is wearables. They will teach the basics of wearable computing materials(conductive fabrics, thread, and fasteners) through the fabrication and assembly of a robotic pocket that crawls on clothing. Robot Clothes will lead a more advanced workshop for adults on the second day of the event as part of the Summer School at Eyebeam program.