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


I'm not Mr. Lebowsky, *you're* Mr. Lebowsky, I'm THE DUDE.

So while we’re here toiling in the BarBot Bunker, peep this delightful creation that made an appearance at RoboExotica a couple of years ago, courtesy Anouk Wipprecht, 2010’s RoboExotica Big Important Artist In Residence:

Daredroid is a biomechanic hybrid cocktail robot, which rewards players with a White Russian cocktail upon accepting and completing a game of Truth or Dare. The dress combines pneumatic technology with open-source hardware and human temperament to provide you with a freshly made White Russian cocktail. Your presence triggers the dress to produce milk, and your willingness to play a game of Truth and Dare combined with your natural charm, triggers the decision to give you more than just tepid milk.

For the record, RoboExotica is pretty much the best robot show you will ever go to in your life, ever, and if you ever manage to be in Vienna in the beginning of December we here at BarBot with strongly admonish you if you don’t stop in.

So You Want To Be A Barbotter

Make your life more complicated but far more entertaining! Get ready to


Shake it Shake it ooh ooh

Another Happy Barbotter.
Alexander Rose with Shakebot, courtesy  LaughingSquid

Have you ever wished you could meet like-minded people in a social setting, and spent 90% of your time trying to figure out why your robot’s code failed?

Have you ever thought that maybe it wasn’t the code, but a hardware problem after all?

Did the thing completely work at home but for some reason totally stop functioning the minute you plugged it in to a strange outlet?

Did you throw your hands up in disgust and go get a tasty beverage from one of the robots in your immediate vicinity that *was* working?

Well my friend, do we have the event for you!  
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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

Well, Ain’t This A Hell of A Thing.

Some of you readers may remember, back in the early Pleistocene, a little pink website called SuicideBots.  It was a fluffy confection larded with the joys of robots and robot maintenance, and was enjoyed by some as a fine waste of their work day.

SuicideBots alas, was eaten by the Cloud.  However.

We invite you to partake in the New Media Douchebaggery Experiment and Mixology Emporium now known as .

Here you will find very fine posts about robots, cocktails, robot cocktails, and the people and machines that come together to present you the best damn time you can possibly have with a room full of nerds and a truck load of liquor.

Thanks for reading. Let the absurdity begin.