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Revenge of the Dorks

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The dorks are taking over- Dorkbot is a nationwide group of technology based artists who get together to collaborate and create works of art. I dropped in on one of their meetings and made a few new friends...check it out.

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  • Steven WelshSteven Welsh

    When I start hearing glass rocks telling me a stories, I'm out.  Seriously, that's pretty cool, but really strange at the same time.  That light harp is really awesome though.  It's amazing to see where technology is going to take music in the future.  Seeing that you can play a harp now with just passing your hand through a light wave.  lol, more Paris Hilton jokes, priceless.  Why don't those ever get old? She's way to easy of a target.

  • Steven WelshSteven Welsh

    When I start hearing glass rocks telling me a stories, I'm out.  Seriously, that's pretty cool, but really strange at the same time.  That light harp is really awesome though.  It's amazing to see where technology is going to take music in the future.  Seeing that you can play a harp now with just passing your hand through a light wave.  lol, more Paris Hilton jokes, priceless.  Why don't those ever get old? She's way to easy of a target.

  • akaBigWurmakaBigWurm

    I know now that I am not a dork so I must be a geek

  • akaBigWurmakaBigWurm

    I know now that I am not a dork so I must be a geek

  • Erik PorterErik Porter

    This video was great...very inspiring!

    Playing the laser harp with your head was pretty good too.  Since your hair is all crazy, does that mean it makes different noises when your head is playing it as opposed to Tina's head?  Tongue Out

  • Erik PorterHuman​Compiler Now with more apps
    This video was great...very inspiring!

    Playing the laser harp with your head was pretty good too.  Since your hair is all crazy, does that mean it makes different noises when your head is playing it as opposed to Tina's head?  Tongue Out
  • Rafael NievesRafael Nieves

    That would depend on the resolution (ie how many diodes in per area), the geometric dimensions of laura's head and hair and how fast she could possibly move her head back and forth before passing out as opposed to Tina...

    I... guess I'm a dork.

  • Rafael NievesRafael Nieves

    That would depend on the resolution (ie how many diodes in per area), the geometric dimensions of laura's head and hair and how fast she could possibly move her head back and forth before passing out as opposed to Tina...

    I... guess I'm a dork.

  • Erik PorterErik Porter

    So many variables *passes out*

    Yes, you're a dork...join the party!

  • Erik PorterHuman​Compiler Now with more apps
    So many variables *passes out*

    Yes, you're a dork...join the party!
  • scratchexscratchex

    Wow Laura found her new calling! Harp head Lady.

  • scratchexscratchex

    Wow Laura found her new calling! Harp head Lady.

  • DenginDengin

    Laura moving her head back and forth *passes out*
    Yes, I went there.

  • DenginDengin

    Laura moving her head back and forth *passes out*
    Yes, I went there.

  • DenginDengin

    Jean Michel Jarre did this back in 1980... what a hack this guy is.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Przestrzen_wolnosci_harfa_laserowa.jpg
    The Wiki entry for laser harp also has some interesting information.

  • DenginDengin

    Jean Michel Jarre did this back in 1980... what a hack this guy is.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Przestrzen_wolnosci_harfa_laserowa.jpg
    The Wiki entry for laser harp also has some interesting information.

  • ratbearratbear

    Is that on Mercer?

  • ratbearratbear

    Is that on Mercer?

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    Definitely a geek here.

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    Definitely a geek here.

  • derekderek

    Almost:  410 Dexter Ave N (Between Harrison & Republican)

    See-also: http://www.cocaseattle.org

  • derekderek

    Almost:  410 Dexter Ave N (Between Harrison & Republican)

    See-also: http://www.cocaseattle.org

  • derekderek

    While it is a bit sad that he doesn't acknowledge the similarity to an laser harp, his audio implementation is fundamentally different from the laser harp concept.  The triggers impact the sound in more complicated ways than just simulating virtual 'strings'.  The target audience is also very different.  His goal was to make an instrument that a musical novice could enjoy, and use to produce intersting sounds.  A laser harp has a simpler interface which is harder for a novice to use, at least to use in a way that produces interesting sounds.

  • derekderek

    While it is a bit sad that he doesn't acknowledge the similarity to an laser harp, his audio implementation is fundamentally different from the laser harp concept.  The triggers impact the sound in more complicated ways than just simulating virtual 'strings'.  The target audience is also very different.  His goal was to make an instrument that a musical novice could enjoy, and use to produce intersting sounds.  A laser harp has a simpler interface which is harder for a novice to use, at least to use in a way that produces interesting sounds.

  • MichaelMichael

    ... but fun nonetheless. Laura on top form as usual. Smiley

    BTW, Laura, you KNOW I´m gonna use that shot of you under the beams in my next wallpaper! Big Smile

  • MichaelMichael

    ... but fun nonetheless. Laura on top form as usual. Smiley

    BTW, Laura, you KNOW I´m gonna use that shot of you under the beams in my next wallpaper! Big Smile

  • iluvfoythedorkiluvfoythed​ork

    but i'd follow her anywhere...  i <3 laurafoy.

  • iluvfoythedorkiluvfoythed​ork

    but i'd follow her anywhere...  i <3 laurafoy.

  • ratbearratbear

    Thanks, I thought that looked familiar, my bus used to go right past there.

  • ratbearratbear

    Thanks, I thought that looked familiar, my bus used to go right past there.

  • Rafael NievesRafael Nieves

    it's a shame your bus doesn't go by there anymore...

  • Rafael NievesRafael Nieves

    it's a shame your bus doesn't go by there anymore...

  • Clint ComerClint Comer

    Great show. Where can I go to find events and groups like this in my area?

  • Clint ComerClint Comer

    Great show. Where can I go to find events and groups like this in my area?

  • Chris FiskChris Fisk

    It's great to see that whole "nerds with facilities meets the crunchy artists" scene I left in college still flourishes with the "older than 21" crowd.

    I miss the dorks of my college days and all the weed-speak (ever talk to stoners? I've known people who never touched the stuff that talk about the same "deep" topics...good times).  It's a shame central New England is such a social desert and bereft of anything not associated to vehicles, alcohol and Nascar (*cue the banjo).  I guess I could always be "the old guy" at some local university's hangout.  

    Dorkbot
    would be a blast around these parts.

  • Chris FiskChris Fisk

    It's great to see that whole "nerds with facilities meets the crunchy artists" scene I left in college still flourishes with the "older than 21" crowd.

    I miss the dorks of my college days and all the weed-speak (ever talk to stoners? I've known people who never touched the stuff that talk about the same "deep" topics...good times).  It's a shame central New England is such a social desert and bereft of anything not associated to vehicles, alcohol and Nascar (*cue the banjo).  I guess I could always be "the old guy" at some local university's hangout.  

    Dorkbot
    would be a blast around these parts.

  • manomano

    Go Jean-Michel Jarre Smiley ... Equinoxe forever...

  • manomano

    Go Jean-Michel Jarre Smiley ... Equinoxe forever...

  • manomano

    This looks *very* similar to the Jarre laser harp actually... Not sure what the difference is. Jarre breaks the lasers in a similar way to also trigger notes.

  • manomano

    This looks *very* similar to the Jarre laser harp actually... Not sure what the difference is. Jarre breaks the lasers in a similar way to also trigger notes.

  • Michael BoydMichael Boyd

    Great video, dorks rule.

  • Michael BoydMichael Boyd

    Great video, dorks rule.

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