November 11+12 2017
Pasadena, CA


Mike Harrison
Flying Liquid Crystal Displays
I will present the mechanical and electronic design for a large LCD 'pixel', used in a large-scale museum artwork. ( http://www.jasonbruges.com/digital-ornithology/ ) Standard PCB manufacturing techniques are used to combine control electronics and mechanical structure into an elegant slim module, the aesthetics of which are further enhanced by combining power and control data over two discreet suspension wires.
Rose Meyers
Internet of Robots
How to get robots on the web with Raspberry Pi, Johny-five, socket.io, Node, Javascript and HTML.
Alan Yates
Getting Started with Vacuum Technology
What I learnt teaching myself some basic glass blowing and experimenting with vacuum electrical devices. Gas discharge tubes, incandescent light bulbs, vacuum diodes and triodes are all accessible to the maker with only some basic equipment.
Michael Ossmann and Dominic Spill
Aye, ARRR! pIRates!
Since starting to build tools for the investigation of infrared communication systems over the past year, we have noticed a number of interesting ways that infrared targets are susceptible to attack. Tiny toys, critical infrastructure...infrared systems are more prevalent than ever. We've taken a Software Defined Radio (SDR) approach to infrared hacking. Join us as we sail the high seas in search of infrared targets and demonstrate creative ways to influence system behavior.
Danielle Applestone
How to Beckon a Robotic Workforce
Many people are afraid that robots are going to take their jobs - and they are right - but that doesn't mean anyone has to get left behind. One solution is to make it easier for non-technical people to learn how to design, build, and run robots, without formal education. Dr. Applestone will discuss her perspective on what it looks like when robots are as much a part of employment as computers are, thoughts on "Made in America", commitment to workforce development, and machine accessibility.
Christine Sunu
Biomimicry and the Machine: Using psych and bio to bring robots to life
A robot comes to life instantaneously when we hack human instinct and psychology. By building elaborate bio-based skeletons and tuning robotic interactions to biological instincts, we can create surprising and engaging systems that people subconsciously consider "alive." Underscore this with a few psychological elements, and you've got an irresistible, lifelike illusion that enthralls and repulses. Have fun times with biomimicry, and learn to make your own little monsters!
Ashwin K Whitchurch
Are we ready for Open Source Healthcare and medical devices?
Open source hardware is changing the way medical devices are being developed. Cost and IP hurdles have always been the major barriers of entry to medical device innovation. With OSHW, a new revolution is taking place, enabling new medical products and technologies. The talk will focus on how open source technology and specifically open source hardware is shaping medical device innovation in ways deemed impossible, drawing from our own experiences working on medical devices of all varieties.
Natalya Staritskaya
Applying Acceptance Tests to Hardware
How to apply software's testing mentality to hardware for lean development and happy clients
Syd Mead
The Future is Now
Syd Mead has been inventing our future for over sixty years. Originator of the title Visual Futurist, he has designed everything from yachts to watches to film sets. Since he’s been interviewed several times about his work, we will focus this presentation on his design process and his work beyond film.
Ara Kourchians
Extraterrestrial Autonomous Landing Systems
Often times the most interesting science in our universe is hidden away in hard-to-reach places. To explore these regions, JPL is developing a smart and robust landing system capable of localizing and avoiding hazards. This talk covers the various lander technologies, specifically JPL’s COBALT project and the many adventures of field-testing with VTVL rockets.
Sarah Petkus
the imperfect probe: personally expressive machines and why nonsense matters
I would like to talk about the mechanisms I created for an artist residency I had at ESA's technical facility this summer. The appendages I produced are caricatures of the scientific instruments used in space exploration. Rather than the pursuit of collecting data, their functions are inspired by the human need to be personally expressive. I will explain how I made them, also why I believe its important to create "serious nonsense", in a world where there is pressure to produce practical tools.
Applied Engineering for more than just fun and bling
AND!XOR is a hardware hacking group that engineers artisanal electronics; indie conference badges filled with games, puzzles, and bling. There’s quite a change in focus when it comes to design for manufacturing. Garage workshop projects are a lot different than fabrication of hundreds of electronics for an event. This talk covers our hardware engineering journey, design, prototyping, test, and mass manufacturing. More importantly, lessons learned for anyone wishing to scale up their project.
Christal Gordon
Sensor Fusion
Improved sensors have lead to hardware with better features. However, the use of these improved sensors limit aspects of many systems (such as decreased battery life). Rather than using a complex sensor needing complicated processing, multiple simple sensors with processing that fuses the data together can provide a richer interface between hardware and the world.
Bradley Gawthrop
Wiring Boot Camp
If your wiring doesn't work, nothing else matters. No amount of firmware development, board layout Kung Fu, or component selection can make up for failures in wiring. Strangely, this totally essential work is rarely taught or even discussed. After ten years of wiring large and elaborate installations, Gawthrop gives the talk he wishes he'd heard when starting out. Learn the tools, materials and skills you need to do cables right, and why you should (even for prototypes!).
Natalia Mykhaylova
Hacking your home air
Over 7 million premature deaths annually are associated with poor air quality worldwide. We also spend over 90% of our time indoors and over 25% of the systems that deliver air into our homes and offices have undiagnosed issues. The current state of affairs is unsustainable. I have been developing add-ons for HVAC systems that measure indoor air quality and alert you when HVAC is malfunctioning as well as notifies you about likely sources of air pollution.
Erika Earl
Manufacturing Hacks: Mistakes Will Move You Forward
From hardware concept to creation: how to take your idea and see it through to distribution while discovering how mistakes reveal unexpected solutions.
Joe Kim
The Balance of Art and Technology
This is a presentation about the relationship of art and technology. How technology pushes and advances art to new levels but when the point of balance is tipped too far towards technology the art no longer exists.
Jeroen Domburg
Small Fruit: minituarizing the MacPlus
In this talk, I discuss how I went about making a scale version of the Macintosh Plus: hardware design, finding a screen small enough and interfacing with it, figuring out how to emulate all the hardware and building a case will all be discussed.
Anouk Wipprecht
FashionTech x Robotics
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