Archive for March, 2011

BBC Video Link from SXSW Interactive, Dorkbot

Here’s a link to a BBC video that was shot at the SXSW Dorkbot event:


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Got it done!

Thanks to the help of some friends I was able to deliver a working artillery game to the Dorkbot event last Friday night.

Amazingly to me, the code came together Friday morning with lights a-blinkin’ and speakers a-beepin’.  The machine came to life at about noon on Friday.  I think the game was well received by all the people who took a try.  One young fellow pictured here, really got into it!

Special thanks to Angelo Fancello and Oliver Greaves for late night assistance.  And thanks to my wife, Sally for her help and patience with the crazy schedule I’ve been keeping.

I’ll post the details here soon, including schematics and “code” (it ain’t pretty but it worked!).

Thanks to RadioShack for the opportunity to produce something fun with RadioShack.


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Dorkbot 28 @ SXSW 3.11.11, Austin Music Hall

This should be a good one. Dorkbot28 Combined with Ignite Austin at the the Austin Music Hall, Friday March 11th.

I’ll be presenting a pinball style game inspired by classic artillery games. Partly sponsored by RadioShack!

This one uses a large solenoid to launch balls at targets on a slanted playing surface.

It’s been a real charrette to get this done on time….It may be done on time.

Here are some photos of the build.  Details later.


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