February 7, 2006

Emerging Digiroboti

Last night's Emerging Digerati event was an exciting departure from past events. The action spilled out of the usual room and into the riverside gallery in an eclectic show and tell of all types of robotics. Projects ranged from the artistic to the scientific, along with a fair amount of humor.

A lot of great presentations:

  • Jon Vandervelde, who organizes Mechwars Robot Combat here in the Twin Cities, talked about robots in popular culture and his work with Mechwars.
  • Nikolaos P. Papanikolopoulos, a professor in the Computer Science department here at the U of M, showed off a couple robots he and his graduate students have been working on that could be used in rescue situations.
  • Bruce Shapiro demonstrated some of his art using motion control, including a machine that decorates eggs and a ribbon dancing robot. Bruce's website
  • Jesse Hemminger entertained the audience with his tail of heartbreak and success with his robotic ice-fishing-hole carving machine which he demoed at the Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake.
  • Morgan L’Argent has been involved in the Art Car Parade for a few years. He took a spin around the Weisman Art Museum on his motorized couch.

Announcement for the event

at February 7, 2006 10:10 AM