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Show and Tell - 15th April 2014

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

April Dorkbot will be a Show and Tell hosted by Kaspar.

Come along and show us what you’ve been up to.

In the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed - 7.30pm for 8pm.


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March Dorkbot

March 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Sorry, there’s no Dorkbot meeting this month but we will be back in April.


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Book Hive talk - Feb 18th

February 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Dave McGoran and Seb Valade from Rusty Squid will talk and demonstrate the technical details behind Book Hive.

Book Hive is an interactive sculpture created to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Bristol Libraries, which features 400 animatronic books in the foyer of the main library.

(Or, 400 minus the ones they bring along to Dorkbot for us to examine…)

Tuesday February 18th in the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol. 7.30pm for 8pm start.

In the previous week, they’ll be giving the Pervasive Media Studio Friday Talk on the 14th (but without so much of the techie goodness).


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Show and Tell - 21st January 2014

January 17th, 2014 · No Comments

This month’s Dorkbot is a Show and Tell session.  Bring along any interesting toys you got for Christmas or anything else you’d like to chat about.

7.30pm for 8pm in the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol.


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December Dorkbot

December 9th, 2013 · No Comments

No Dorkbot this December but we will be back in the new year.

Which leaves you free to go to Submergence - back with an all new show on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th.


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WiFi Enabled Smart Meters - 19th November 2013

October 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Damon Rand of Clean Energy Prospector (CEPRO) will talk about Simtricity Wifi-enabled smart meters. Traditional electricity meters and even the latest generation smart meters use complex, energy industry specific protocols. Simtricity meters are fully compliant with UK standards for revenue-grade metering but act as a first-class ‘Internet of Things’ devices. Users setup the meter to connect to their Wifi broadband network then configure the system to deliver data anywhere on the web for visualisation. In this talk Damon will talk about progress so far and next steps.

Tuesday 19th November 2013 - 7.30pm in the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed.


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Show and Tell - October 15th

October 8th, 2013 · No Comments

We haven’t had a Show and Tell for a while - so this month is it.

Bring along any projects (especially half finished ones!) you’ve been working on that we can see and chat about.

7.30pm October 15th in the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed.


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x-OSC Wi-Fi Interface - September 17th

August 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Seb Madgwick, director of x-io Technologies, and Dr Tom Mitchell computer music lecturer at UWE, Bristol, will talk about x-OSC, a new wireless interface device optimised for creative technology applications. x-OSC provides just about any software with access to 32 high-performance analogue/digital channels via OSC messages over WiFi. There is no user programmable firmware and no software or drivers to install making x-OSC immediately compatible with any WiFi-enabled platform. All internal settings are adjusted using any web browser. In this talk, Seb and Tom will discuss the development process of x-OSC and demonstrate a number of example applications.

At 7.30pm, September 17th 2013 in the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol. Everyone welcome.


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3D Scanning and Printing - August 20th

July 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Luke Jerram will talk about Maya who can now be seen on platform 1 at Bristol Temple Meads train station.

Maya is a sculpture which acts as a three-dimensional pixilated portrait. As with a heavily pixelated two dimensional image made of squares, from a distance the sculptures can be easily read. As the viewer gets closer the object appears to fragment into cubes.

Richard De Lancey worked with Luke to scan Maya and will talk about the process.

To make this artwork Maya was scanned using an Xbox kinect. Her head was scanned at the Machine Vision Laboratory (MVL) within the University of West of England. From there the body scan was then pixelated into cubes known as voxels. Then the model was created from precisely (waterjet) cut, sheets of aluminium. Over 5,000 small, 12mm square coloured stickers were then printed and painstakingly fixed onto this aluminium surface.

Richard Sewell will talk about some experiments to model Ryan’s head with Autodesk’s 123D Catch to generate printable 3D models of human heads, using nothing more than a camera and some free software.

At the Pervasive Media Studio in the Watershed at 7.30pm on Tuesday August 20th.


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Telephone Exchanges Before Semiconductors pictures

July 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Many thanks to Paul Seward for his talk and demonstration of Telephone Exchanges Before Semiconductors - much enjoyed by all who attended.  If you missed it - here are a few of John Honnibal’s pictures - but you won’t get the amazing sounds.


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