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ROBOEXOTICA 2006 Details Emerging

On Suicide Bots I caught an article on Dorkbot SF in which Simone describes her El Espanol Borracho:
(Foto by Karen Marcelo)
"Myself and Mr. Robotics are going to Vienna for the Roboexotica cocktail robot convention in three weeks, and the wee beastie you see in the photo above is my project - El Espanol Borracho! ...
Yes Friends, The Suicidebots Special Spanish Coffee will be a no doubt potent mixture of 151 proof rum and coffee liqueur, served flaming, with a dollop of whipped cream offered by my Lovely Assistant ™ and Intrepid Girl Reporter Violet Blue.
The whipped cream deployment will probably end up having very little to do with the actual beverage but one does like to offer the option.
The whole thing will be mounted on a custom built and re-purposed Hockey Bot chassis. The Hockey Bots will be a feature at RoboGames 2007, but for now we have assembled one of their number to serve as the Suicide Spanish Chariot. We will add bells and whistles time and innovation permitting.
"

... The guys from Museumsquartier will definitely "love" the idea of a moving flamethrower and I think I have picked the bot I'm looking forward to seeing the mostest.

In other news Johannes announced the participation of some 50 students from FH Joanneum Graz, where he started teaching. Installations and videos en gros are anticipated to arrive from the province.

A novelty this year will be our use of Museumsquartier's courtyard outside Freiraum (authorization pending) - we plan to have a container sitting out there for the whole week, with exhibit inside and a visible sign of ROBÖXOTICA in the vast compound from the outside.
There will also be a manrobot-sized version of the board-game Ricochet Robot performed in the courtyard, orchestrated by eSeL.

Oh, and Sergey's Alcotron, the Russian Bar Roulette, has successfully been tested at our Freudbot-presentation at WerkzeugH yesterday.
(Video link)


UPDATE:
The dorkbot-SF-appearance of El Espanol Borracho was followed up with a field test at the Suicide Robotics Center - of which Violet Blue has two hot videos online: One, Two. And this photoset on flickr.

Syndicated 2006-11-10 21:41:00 from shifz blog

Russian Post Office Telegraph online


I like this project very much! Sergey Koutsun, mediaartist from Moscow, just built "Post Office Telegraph" online...

Syndicated 2006-11-09 12:35:00 from shifz blog

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.

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