Monthly Archives: July 2011

DORKBOT – SYD : JULY 2011 : LIGHT SCYTHS + HOMICIDAL ROBOTS

What: “People doing strange things with electricity“
Where: Serial Space, 33 Wellington St, Chippendale
When: Tuesday 26th July, 7pm for a 7:30 start

Come to Serial Space for a midyear nerd-out.

P R E S E N T E R S

GAVIN SMITH
The Light Scythe is an open source tool for light painting. It can write text or images frozen in midair which are captured by the camera with a long exposure. Images are created on a laptop computer and transmitted wirelessly to a 2m long staff filled with coloured LEDs.
Unlike simply photoshopping text in afterwards, images that are lightscythed directly interact with the environment in the photo. The hovering light is reflected off shiny surfaces, diffused through translucent objects and occluded by objects such as fences between the camera and scythe.
Gavin will give an outline of how he created the light scythe, as well as a parts list for anyone who wants to make their own.
If anyone wants to bring their own camera capable of long exposure, we’ll do some experimental light scything in front of the crowd.

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ANGUS DEVESON
In the lead up to Robot Serial Killers this august, Angus will be doing a talk on combat robotics. Combat robots is a sport in which two or more radio controlled fighting machines battle it out in a specially constructed arena, attempting to destroy or disable their opponent within a 3min time limit. There are rules however within the scope of them a wide variety of designs have evolved and continue to do so. Combat robotics is the only radio control hobby which focuses on ingenuity, design and skill rather than just who has the most money.
Angus will be talking about the Australian combat robotics scene and some of the technical details of how these machines function and how to make one yourself.

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SHOW & TELL
BREAK OUT!!! Show things unexpectedly. Show us what you’ve got!!!!
Has it got any sports in it?