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ladies and gentlemen,
ROBOEXOTICA 2006, festival for cocktailrobotics will be held dec. 5th thru 9th. at Museumsquartier Wien
It features the Annual Cocktail Robot Awards - ACRA 8.0, the categories being:
1. serving cocktails
2. mixing cocktails
3. bartending conversation
4. lighting cigars/cigarettes ...
5. other achievements in the sector of electronic cocktail culture
please send in your entries to tender

28 Jan 2006 (updated 5 Feb 2006 at 12:57 UTC) »

this link was pointed out to me by Will Knight of New Scienctist, UK: link

it's a charming little fella, given away by a jap beer-company to loyal customers!

update: OOPS, just saw the link on boingboing with a mention of my very self! link i am stunned.

and will's article is online too: link

update 2: now, here is the related article on robots. net link ... and thank you for the flowers, steve ;)

here's a link to the short version of an article in the Hartford Courant, from nov. 16th: link

anybody read russian? link

27 Jan 2006 (updated 27 Jan 2006 at 22:42 UTC) »

uh long time no write ;)

today i uploaded some pics of roboexotica onto 23hq.com: link

jake appelbaum's photos of the event (and his impressions of vienna) you'll find on his flickr-account "ioerror". tagged "vienna" ...

our own webpage is "in the process" of being updated with photos, audio and video material ..

sooo as i am still recovering from roboexotica 2005,i'd like to share some impressions of this year's event ... kal spelletich from san fran has taught us something about efficiency and reliability with his whiskey pourer, which has been pouring for ten years now - but actually as those are the qualities cocktailrobotics are NOT about, he shared the Annual Cocktail Robot Award in the fifth category (other achievements ...) with David Calkins. Latter won for bringing our now favourite drinking buddy - Chapok ... Kal was awarded the prize for his "snappy" bbq ...

the serving category was claimed by students of fachhochschule mechatronik wien, who had a colorful reindeer as userinterface serving punch (quite convenient, as winter shows it's first signs).

to be cont'd

if i may quote canadian author and cyber rights activist cory doctorow:

"Next week, I'm returning to Vienna to speak at the brilliant, free Roboexotica conference, a whimsical technology/art event in which amateur robotocists gather to demonstrate their cocktail-making robots. Real, no-fooling cocktail-making robots! I went a couple years ago and was blown away by the robots on offer, particularly the robot that used a giant inkjet-style "print head" to pour out different measurements, as set in physical logic embodied in switches and solenoids (no microcontroller!).

There are lectures, readings, and films. I'll be giving talks on Europe's coming Broadcast Flag and about science fiction, and if this is anything like last time, it's going to be a hoot.

> Until recently, no attempts were made to publically discuss the role of cocktail robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebensraum, or to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication. Roboexotica is an attempt to fill this vacuum. It is the first and, inevitably, leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics world-wide. A micro mechanical change of paradigm in the age of borderless capital. Mr. Turing would without a doubt test this out. > > Roboexotica will return November 16th through 20th 2005 in the Freiraum of Museumsquartier Vienna

Here's my schedule: Thursday, 11/17, 4PM, Monochrom, Museumsquartier: "Excepts of Schnipsel by Cory Doctorow read by Magnus Wurzer, with a short introduction by the author in english." Friday, 11.18, 6PM, Monochrom, Museumsquartier: Reading and talk on copyright

Hope to see you there!"

less than 2 weeks to go ... ROBOEXOTICA 2005 is nearing dramatically ;) the coomplete program is posted here.. what i want to lead your attention to is the fact that robots.net member and founder of robogames (robolympics) will be participating ... with "chapok" the only entry in robogames newly introduced category "bartending" in 2004! we're all looking very much forward to his cocktailrobot as well as to other entries from overseas like those by kal spelletich ... for those unable to attend our festival in vienna, there will be some streaming sessions ... to be announced ...

9 Jul 2005 (updated 9 Jul 2005 at 11:19 UTC) »

well, some news ...
the topic of ROBOEXOTICA's symposium this year will be "Public Fictions" - further informations on the webpage are only available in german at this point.
Johannes Grenzfurthner, one of our curators is touring the USA with his group monochrom at the moment and has recruited Mark Allen of Machine Project (L.A.) to participate.
Cory Doctorow, honored guest in 2003, announced he'll be back this year! check out his science fiction on www.craphound.com
-to be continued -

3 Jun 2005 (updated 3 Jun 2005 at 18:51 UTC) »

Ok, let me start this by telling you, how great this year's ROBOEXOTICA (16th - 20th nov. in Vienna, Austria) is going to be!
Although I noticed it's finally becoming hip for industrial robo-manufacturers to put together a robot-arm cell that will pour you drinks and show them on fairs, ROBOEXOTICA will be the largest congregation of bartending robots so far. Once more artistic approaches stand side by side with industrial solutions and tinkered monstrosities.
On top of this exotic exhibition, where booze is sacrificed for electronic cocktail culture's sake, a symposium with very interesting local and international guests (e.g. canadian sci-fi author cory doctorow has promised to come again) will be held. and workshops. and concerts, lectures, screenings ..

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