Borgfest Social Robot Social @ Dorkbot

Borgfest Social Robot Social @ Dorkbot

If you missed our wildly successful outing at the SXSW Robot Petting Zoo, then you’ll be thrilled to know that you’ll have a second chance to meet some really cool robots!

When: April 20, 2015, 7-10:30pm

Where: ATX Hackerspace

Tickets: Free event, but please RSVP and participate in the Borgfest fundraiser raffle (Borgfest members get a free raffle ticket.  Support Borgfest and become a member now!)

ZanePictured here is Zane McCarthy (Borgfest Robotics Division) demonstrating DAR-1,  a robot cleverly acronymically named after creator Ray Renteria‘s children.  DAR-1 is an autonomous social robot of the hexapod genus. Curious about people, he’ll study your eyes and your smile with the intensity of a focused child.  He’s shy, though.  If you get a little too close to him, he’ll get nervous and try to back away.  See how long you get him to keep following your eyes by looking deep into his.  DAR-1 is a social robot with the purpose of challenging people’s notions of what it means to be “alive.” He is a showcase for inexpensive technology that can be brought together to produce a highly performant and nimble robot for various applications. DAR-1 demonstrates the power of the open source OpenCV computer vision technology.

Bradley Knox says his Emoters are robot pets that are both simple and lifelike. They live in a small cage, where they live their lives. Emoters are interested in people, but they’re more engaged with each other and the world inside their cages. Like a cross between a Tamagotchi and an ant farm, Emoters fill a role somewhere between a real pet and a video game.

Calling All Robots!  In case it isn’t clear, a social robot social means BRING YOUR ROBOTS. This is a robotic convocation, gathering, and happy hour. We know your robots will enjoy the presentations by the featured robots and their humans.  All human-friendly robots welcome.

Join DAR-1, the Emoters, and more at a very special edition of Dorkbot this month.  And if a robot happy hour isn’t enough, just a few days later we’ll be hosting an event demonstrating how robots are becoming part of our bodies.  That’s right.  At long last, we are bringing you up close to an exoskeleton and robotic limbs!  I can’t think of a more exciting way to show you the connection between robotics and people.

Hash tags:

#borgfest #dorkbot #socialrobotsocial

Online Raffle Rules

Every Borgfest event builds community with our fans and sponsors and raises funds towards the goal of a weekend-long festival.  At this event, we’ll be conducting an online raffle.  You can purchase your raffle tickets when RSVP’ing for the event via Eventbrite.  There will be no on-site raffle sales.  We’ll announce the winners during the robot social portion of the evening.  You must be present to win.  Here are the raffle prizes:

Laptop (Dell E6400 with a Core2Duo 2.53 ghz, 2GB of RAM, 160GB HDD, DVDRW, Window 7 Pro) donated by Discount Electronics

Two (2) $25 gift certificates donated by DFG Noodles

One (1) Borgfest 2015 Carbonite Membership or Next Level Upgrade

One (1) Autopilot for Phantom by Autoflight Logistics

Read the official Dorkbot announcement

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