Massive Robot Band Entertains at Maker Faire Paris 2015 (Video)

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Over the past decade, the Maker Movement has spread across the globe and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, even for an instant. Maker Faire events are currently staged world wide, with 131 taking place during 2014 in places as far afield as Norway, Mexico, Japan, and China. Of course, not all the events draw massive attendance like the 100,000 makers and maker fans that jam pack the World Maker Faire in New York City every Fall.


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Tears of Steel – Robot Evolution Remix (Video)

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Robert Roschler,  a good friend, fellow robot designer, and AI researcher, put together this impressive remix of "Tears of Steel". Just to be clear, the video footage and impressive animation was done by the Blender Foundation and Robert is using it in accordance with the appropriate derivative license terms and conditions. At the same time, he is the creator, author, and performer of the song "Evolution".

 Robert is one of those rare individuals that that is been able to bridge the gap between left brain right brain individuals merging his grasp of both the technical realm and the artistic. He loves creating a fusion of robotics and automation with the performing arts. In fact, that unique talent inspired him many years ago to create the RoboDance project.

That project, which was primarily self-funded by Robert himself, enabled people to create complex dance and performance sequences with computer assistance utilising low-cost robots like the Robosapien. He doesn't let artificial constraints stand in the way of creativity. In fact he sees it as a challenge to apply technology in new ways to create his visions.

Here are the reference links provided by Robert:

Remix of the amazing Tears of Steel animation video by the Blender Foundation. Video footage and some sound effects are used in accordance with the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license the video was released. This license allows content usage in both commercial and non-commercial derivative works as long as proper attribution is given. My personal thanks to the creative geniuses at the Blender Foundation for this latest open source project in a series of true gems that they have released over the years. To see the original film in its entirety please visit:

The song "Evolution" is an original work and not part of the Tears of Steel project, (c) Android Technologies, Inc. For more information visit:

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DEVO BOTS are Coming!

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Coming soon to the iTunes App Store from Kit Robot -

Kit Robot has been working on a new App in collaboration with DEVO, titled DEVOBOTS. For the last year we have been working along side DEVO to bring you this exclusive App featuring unreleased Music and Sound Loops from the Devo Archives, allowing you to mix your own music. Also featuring our Kit Robot Avatar engine combined with unique DEVO ASSETS, enabling you to create your very own DEVOBOT!



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ARS Electronica Festival to Kick-off With A Bang (Video)

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If I had no budgetary and time constraints it would be fantastic to jaunt around the world experiencing all the fantastic technology, robot and science exhibitions I could find. Number one on my personal wish list, at least at the moment, would be the Ars Electronica Festival, scheduled for August 31st through September 6th, in Linz, Austria.

The long running festival goes back to September, 1979 when it was originally staged as a "pilot project was designed to take the Digital Revolution’s emergence as an occasion to face important questions about the future and to focus these inquiries on the nexus of ART, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY."


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“My Robot is Better Than Your Robot” Rock and Roll Meets Science Head-on (Video)

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People, especially kids growing up, respond emotionally to role models. They see through the rules, regulations, and official words, and respond directly to people they respect, admire, and want to be like. You can lecture them all day, and all night, and never convince them that studying science and technology is 'cool' and that they should dedicate themselves to a career in robotics.

But, what if major personalities, the most popular and well known rock stars, people like Miley Cyrus,, Britney Spears, Snoop Dog, Jack Black, and even heart throb Justin Bieber, delivered the same, positive, compelling message about studying technology to make a difference?

We're about to find out...


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Robot Plays the Thermin Interactively (Video)

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More years ago than we care to remember, we hand loaded an assembly language program called "Music of a Sort" written by Steve Dompier into an Intel 8080 based processor then carefully positioned a transistor radio so that it would pickup the electrical noise generated as the program executed. By changing the values to be sorted different frequencies were generated, and everyone was amazed to hear really horrible classical music issuing from the radio speakers.

Now, decades later, researchers have been able to creatively program not only computers but also humanoid robots, so that they can follow the music played by other performers and play along, matching them chord for chord and note for note.


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