What does it take to make a robot look friendly, and why would you want to? Professional robot designer Carla Diana will show the creative process and thinking behind designing shells for some of the world's most sophisticated humanoid social robots
In addition to talking about how to avoid the uncanny valley with a humanoid robot, Carla will talk about the importance of robotic elements in everyday objects, as discussed in her NY Times Sunday Review article and video, "Talking, Walking Objects": http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/our-talking-walking-objects.html
Hate Couture is a series of high-fashion pieces created through the algorithmic analysis of the usage and context of hate speech and hateful language on the Internet. I will be discussing the process of creating the garments, starting with scraping text data from social media sites, through the processes used to analyze and visualize the language, and ending with the creation of the final fabric and clothing.
Visitors to the Purina ONE booth at Maker Faire will have the opportunity to create and invent their own do-it-yourself (DIY) puzzle feeder projects to help enrich the feeding experiences of their cats; gather inspiration from the DIY wall u2013 a gallery of projects created from Purina ONE's cat community; and interact with a fun and shareable area at the booth. What you feed your cat is just as important as HOW you feed your cat. Cats are designed to hunt for their food, and while domestic cats have it much easier they still benefit from the stimulation that comes from the hunt. Incorporating a puzzle feeder in addition to a bowl encourages your cat to work for her food, stimulating her mind and body and helping her live her True Nature.
To some, this looks like the end. But in reality it's only the beginning: we are shifting from a time-is-money economy of debt-based currency, corporations, and hourly wages, to a real-time "steady state" ecology of alt currencies, creating value through making, and direct p2p exchange. In short, what comes after the industrial age is not the "digital" age, but the Maker Age.
X-Winder is debuting, for the first time ever, its flagship product called the X-Winder at the NYC Maker Faire. The X-Winder is a filament winder that builds carbon fiber parts at 90% less cost than equivalent commercially available parts, like tubes, beams, supports and other ultra-strong, lightweight applications. Think of the X-Winder like a 3D printer - it deposits layer after layer of carbon fiber, fiberglass or other high tensile filament on a rotating mandrel to additively manufacture very strong, lightweight parts. BUT, unlike plastic 3D printer parts, X-Winder parts can be used in demanding high performance applications that require great strength and light weight. Filament winding has been around for decades in the aerospace business, but only on a huge scale, with machines so big they take up the entire shop floor. Now, the X-Winder brings this same proven manufacturing technology to the desktop and a smaller scale for makers and hobbyists who can now share in the immense cost savings and superior parts manufacturing capability.
X-Winder is an emerging manufacturing technology company with the stated mission to create affordable, cutting edge manufacturing methods and machines that dramatically lower the cost of entry to own and produce commercial grade aerospace related products.