Laura Foy

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 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 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.

    • akaBigWurm

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

    • akaBigWurm

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

    • Erik 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

    • Human​Compiler
      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 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 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 Porter

      So many variables *passes out*

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

    • Human​Compiler
      So many variables *passes out*

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

      Wow Laura found her new calling! Harp head Lady.

    • scratchex

      Wow Laura found her new calling! Harp head Lady.

    • Dengin

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

    • Dengin

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

    • Dengin

      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.

    • Dengin

      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.

    • ratbear

      Is that on Mercer?

    • ratbear

      Is that on Mercer?

    • Chris "Avid X" Erickson

      Definitely a geek here.

    • Chris "Avid X" Erickson

      Definitely a geek here.

    • derek

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

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

    • derek

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

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

    • derek

      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.

    • derek

      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.

    • Michael

      ... 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

    • Michael

      ... 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

    • iluvfoythed​ork

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

    • iluvfoythed​ork

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

    • ratbear

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

    • ratbear

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

    • Rafael Nieves

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

    • Rafael Nieves

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

    • Clint Comer

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

    • Clint Comer

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

    • Chris 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 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.

    • mano

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

    • mano

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

    • mano

      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.

    • mano

      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 Boyd

      Great video, dorks rule.

    • Michael Boyd

      Great video, dorks rule.

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