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ROBÖXOTICA, ROBOEXOTICA ROBOXOTICA, ROBÖXOTIKA

It's our own fault.
The name was created to be confusing.
The Umlaut "Ö" in ROBÖXOTICA was supposed to be used in writing, while when orally pronounced it was to be "ROBOEXOTICA" - an inversion of the fact that "oe" is pronouncd as an Umlaut "ö" and is an alternative writing for the Umlaut (like on english keyboards, where there are no Umlauts) in German. OE=Ö becomes Ö=OE. Ha-ha.

So far so good.
Of course this was never consistently carried out.
I myself pronounce it differently every other time.

The internet domain is roboexotica.org, of course. On this blog I also have spelled it ROBOEXOTICA all the time, because I think the Umlaut won't show up on computers configured to a different character set.
Still some English-tongued prefer to just write ROBOXOTICA, whis is fine with me but it starts getting confusing here.

ROBÖXOTIKA finally is a cruel typo which took me weeks to even realize on the error-riddled (Sept.31st!!) Flyer for ROBOEXOTICA extern.

Syndicated 2006-11-08 22:22:00 from shifz blog

Sergey Teterin in Town

This morning Sergey Teterin arrived in Vienna and he has paid me a first visit - introducing his surprise-entry for ROBOEXOTICA, the Alcotron, or Russian Bar Roulette.
It caters to a vice that is somewhat under-represented at ROBOEXOTICA: gambling.
You choose one of three colors you "bet" on and place your glass on the according color on the board. Then you start the Alcotron by pressing the red button - and wait which color turns up.
If it's the color you picked you got lucky and can get your drink free or half priced, depending on which betting mode you pick.

Sergey's wife, designer Anna Zueva is responsible for the convincing retro-soviet look and feel of the device.

Syndicated 2006-11-01 14:35:00 from shifz blog

13 Nov 2006 (updated 13 Nov 2006 at 19:44 UTC) »
ROBOEXOTICA 2006 Program Overview
Museumsquartier Wien, quartier21 - Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria
Dec. 5th thru 10th

Opening TUE Dec. 5th, 8pm
Symposium "Dreams of Regulation" - WED 6th, 6pm thru FRI 8th 6pm
SAT 9th, 8pm: ACRA-Gala (Annual Cocktail Robot Awards)
SUN 10th, 6pm: Cook Tea Robotics performance (eSeL & KaCe)
MORE details on the program

Exhibition open WED thru SAT 11am-9pm and SUN 11am-6pm
... More about the exhibition's participants: One, Two.

Last weekend at Technikmuseum Berlin, a couple cocktailrobots known from ROBOEXOTICA were part of Technology Night.
Among them Robomoji, who has been a work in progress over the last few years, with "workstations" for the individual components of a mojito being added one at a time - for the first time complete with a "cool" ice-dispensing unit.
Videos:
Robomoji
Cocktailrobots at Tacheles extern
The Vienniese delegation of cocktailrobots and their humans used the occasion to visit their friends of nurschrec! at Tacheles extern

19 Sep 2006 (updated 23 Sep 2006 at 18:07 UTC) »

This project called RepRap might interest some of you:
short for Replicating Rapid-Prototyper, the open source hardware and software machine basically 3D-prints any object you design in a conventional 3D design software!
Not with the same precision as a 35.000,- one, but the DIY- device can be built for less than 500,- and it works precise enough to replicate it's own parts ...
It's possible to use different materials: obivously plastic, but Vik Olliver, who presented the project in Vienna last week, also has a part ready that would enable using metal and with minor adjustments even chocolate would be an option ... *yum*

http://reprap.org/
Video

ROBOEXOTICA 2006 Symposium: Dreams of Regulation
details
The symposium is part of the annual Cocktailrobotics- festival ROBOEXOTICA, Dec. 5th-9th in Vienna's Museumsquartier.
11 Aug 2006 (updated 11 Aug 2006 at 20:00 UTC) »

I finally digitized the VHS-tape Honeybee Robotics sent ROBOEXOTICA a few years back:

"Robotender Ernie" by Honeybee Robotics was, to my knowledge, the first bartending robot on earth.
He not only mixed and served various cocktails, he also chatted his customers up after taking spoken orders and did 1980s dance-moves.
Alas, Honeybee's web-page doesn't feature Ernie any more - after all, this was how I found out about him around 2001.

more on SHIFZ-blog - videos: short version, long version

by now, 18 clips of ROBOEXOTICA 2005 have found their way onto YouTube - I've prepared this Playlist sporting them all.

18 Jun 2006 (updated 18 Jun 2006 at 20:10 UTC) »

The Robogames 2006 are underway!
This sunday is the last day of this year's Robogames, which feature competitions in Sumo, Soccer, firefighting, combat, stairclimbing and many more categories, including bartending -
alas without Cocktailrobots from Vienna ... sponsors for next year welcome!

Make:blog has a report and foto-links.

Last week in France,
the InnoC-Team (the guys who are responsible for RobotChallenge) from Vienna won the first prize in the Microtransat competition,
which is organized by french aeronautics university ENSICA: Link
Fotos

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