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TONIGHT: BarBots Get Real with Chuck Palahniuk

And let’s hope we’re don’t get in *too* much trouble. Or, that we’re really good at apologizing. Something.

Tonight, the Commonwealth Club’s side project, Inforum (think of it as the CW’s youth group –  they do the fun, funky stuff) is presenting a conversation between Chuck “Fight Club” Palahniuk and John “Cacophony” Law.

Some regular BarBot denizens will be there, pouring in the VIP lounge.

You don;t want to stand there. Really.

Photo courtesy MakerFaire NYC and Santigo Feilipe

The presentation will be ridiculous, the surrounding events even more ridiculouser, and you should all come.   There are apparently about 40 tickets left, so, fair warning.

If you do come, tweet @roboticcocktail and a genuine denizen of the BarBot bunker will give you a Genuine BarBot Hug*

So come on down! Hugs are fab, robotics is fab, and all the other stuff will be fab oh god we’re all going to get arrested if we do this right.  WHEE!

*Genuine BarBot Hugs include but may or may not be limited to: giggling, weird smells, shiny baubles and trinkets, alcohol, alcoholic sweat, groping (but only if you ask nicely) and may or may not include an actual hug. It’s Project Mayhem here, folks, you pays your money and you takes your choice.

World’s Largest Four Legged Robot Rocks Our (Singed) Socks

Zollner, a company in Germany, made this beauty for a yearly folk festival in Furth Im Wald


Note the three(!) operators it takes to get “Tradinno” going smoothly. It’s like freakin’ ballet, people.

The Zollner site also has a nice video on how the dragon was built and what the innards look like.

Science Carnies, Out and About

Just a heads up for our legions of fans, The Bar Bot Science Carnie crew will be manning a table and keeping back the swelling tide of robotic rebellion on this upcoming Saturday the 14th at the superlative


Get your tickets now! The Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire is thought up and done by the fine folks at The Museum Of Robots and Make Magazine. We love them. You should love them too.

Come down to the event, or follow our adventures via twitter!

And be sure to follow the Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire for info and updates!

Science Discovers A Gear In A Living Creature


As the legs unfurl to power the jump,” Burrows says, “both have to move at exactly the same time. If they didn’t, the animal would start to spiral out of control.” Larger animals, whether kangaroos or NBA players, rely on their nervous system to keep their legs in sync when pushing off to jump—using a constant loop of adjustment and feedback. But for the issus, their legs outpace their nervous system. By the time the insect has sent a signal from its legs to its brain and back again, roughly 5 or 6 milliseconds, the launch has long since happened. Instead, the gears, which engage before the jump, let the issus lock its legs together—synchronizing their movements to a precision of 1/300,000 of a second.

Via PopMech and Hacker News

BarBot 2013.75: Robot Lovers, Start Your Livers

Way back in March 2013, we had a little shindig called Barbot: Automatic.

Vincent Crown BarBot 2103.25 March 2013

It was a howling success.

Barbot 2013.25 Corwd Vincent Crown

It was such fun that we are fixing to throw another one, this time with the team work and under the auspices of The Bay Area Science Festival (which is in itself crazy nifty and hella scientific).

So, for your perusal let us present:

BARBOT 2013.75
Friday and Saturday
October 25-26th, 2013
at the Splendid
Oddfellows Hall
26 7th Street (at Market), San Francisco

Mark your calendars. Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Slip hand-drawn fliers into the hands of folks on Muni, giggling softly to yourself and making too much eye contact. Whatever it takes.

Online tickets available as soon as the webtroll we keep in the basement gets his stuff together.

All photos courtesy Vincent Crown 2013