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Sasha Harris-Cronin - Behind the Scenes at California Academy of Sciences
BBI Engineering recently finished working on Audio Visual Systems and
many interactive exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences. This
will be a behind the scenes look at some of the technologies they used
and invented as well as some of the challenges encountered.
Jonathan will show some things he's been working on recently, including
SWARM spherical robots, Chassis the Drink-Serving Robot, assorted
lighting installations and art, and recent work-in-progress including
the Ripple Matrix and a high-powered LED color engine.
Jonathan Foote is a recovering research scientist with a background in
machine learning and electronics. He does technical consulting to pay
the rent and the balance of his time doing lighting design and building
Like all projects, TV-B-Gone universal
remote control started off as a thought. More of a fantasy,
really. Yet one that Mitch somehow knew he could follow through on. In
this talk Mitch will show how the notion of turning off TVs in public
places ended up taking over his life, providing he and his friends a
living, and creating a new meme around the world. Along the way
he points out some of hows and whys, as well as some of the more
interesting and stressful aspects of the process. Mitch hopes to show
why taking risks can be way worthwhile.
Though most known for inventing the wildly popular TV-B-Gone, a keychain that makes it fun to turn off TVs in public places, Mitch Altman is an inventor with a reputation for creating intriguing devices that amaze and delight, such as the Brain Machine, Trippy RGB Waves, and the Mignonette Game. Mitch co-founded 3ware (a Silicon Valley RAID controller company), and co-founded Noisebridge (a San Francisco hacker space). Mitch has written for MAKE Magazine and 2600 Journal, and for the last few years has traveled the world teaching people to solder and how to make cool things with microcontrollers. He is currently writing a book to teach total beginners how to make cool things with microcontrollers.
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