Puredata Focus Group: Makerbot Demo, with Chris DiMauro, Friday, 2/19, 3:30-5pm

Friday, 2/19, 3:30-5pm

"Real-time" computer processing and "real world computing" are poised to (once again) revolutionize the role of computers everyday life. A new kind of robot, the RepRap, has been conceived as an affordable machine which can fabricate real-world objects, including the ability to fabricate its own parts. The state-of-the-art of "desktop manufacturing" today is reminiscent of "personal computing" in the 1970s. You'll have a chance to experience the state-of-the-art hands-on at the next pd-interest meeting with a Makerbot demonstration and programming. Demonstrating Makerbot is Chris "Widget" DiMauro, a research assistant for the Social Game Club at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where he received a Masters Degree in Integrated Digital Technology, as well as a BS. Widget is a keen user of this open source software and has introduced the Makerbot to Boys and Girls Club members in Illinois and California, helping them create and print out whistles, 12-sided dice, and other custom-designed objects. At the demonstration, we'll also have a look at the computer "soul of the machine" and a glimpse of arduino/pduino, Puredata software applications, for the next meeting (date TBD) following Makerbot. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Gottesman Libraries and New Blankets, a non profit organization launched in 2008 by artists, scientists, researchers, parents and citizens at large. New Blankets seeks to re-invent the vision and role of free public libraries and cultural centers, utilizing new community development and collaborative technologies. You may bring your own laptop and headphones, or use equipment provided by the Gottesman Libraries. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail library@tc.edu in advance. For an edlab snapshot of the demonstration be sure to look at Something Cool. Where: 306 Russell

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