This weekend is shaping up to be a whopper of activities for the Los Angeles area!
On November 3, from 12 Noon to 4 PM robots will invade the Woodcrest Library in Riverside.
Today I saw the awesome costume that Kristof Erkiletian entered in the Patch costume contest. For the record, he gets my vote!
Kristof, I don't know if you're going to be around this weekend, so I'll point you to some places you should go. Whether you're a robot enthusiast, a robot maker or a robot handler of any sort (R2-D2? Wall-E? Curiosity?) the place to be on Saturday is Riverside at the Riverside Robot Expo 2012, when a robot invasion of the Woodcrest Library will take place: 16625 Krameria Ave, Riverside, CA (map)
Walter and The Robotics Society of Southern California (RSSC) will be there. Proving that yes, even Engineers... and especially CSULB Engineering Professors... have a sense of humor, the It Worked at Home Award (IWAH) is a feat of engineering all in itself! Each person who wins a robotics competition at the monthly meeting is challenged to add to the capabilities of the IWAH award. It speaks, it lights up! It senses! And yes, sometimes it even works!
If you missed the RSSC's guest speaker from the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) this month, you can hear and see the cool videos of Curiosity at the Expo, and mull over the question: Is there Life on Mars?
You can participate in ROBOT SOCCER and ROBOT RACES!
There will be free robotics classes (Arduino & EZ Robot) throughout the day.
Special guest, the "voice of the Tonight Show", Wally Wingert will be there to show off his Vanessa fembot.
LA Times bestselling author, Albert Taylor will be there to tell us about his new reality TV show and give a free lecture on ghost hunting using robots.
A Wall-E fan robot will be there.
An R2-D2 fan robot will be there.
A C3PO robot will be there.
Life sized Lost in Space robot model B9 will be there.
Life sized Terminator T100 robot will be there.
Life-Size Terminator T800 (T2) on a Motorcycle will be there.
There will be talking skulls and dancing robots, a Robot Devo tribute band, 3D printers and soccer robots. Singing robots, line following wheelchair robots, Logobots, more, more, more.
Visit the Robot Expo. Learn, meet Walter and the friends of the RSSC. Drool over the capabilities of the IWAH award! Say Hi to event organizer, RSSC member and Robot enthusiast Michael M. Bequi who organizes the Orange County Mini Maker Faire may be there. If she is, say hi to her!
The photos in this post are re-posted from the Patch archives and are not intended to imply that these robots will be at the event.
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Trish Tsoiasue writes about creative and maker topics for Belmont Shore Patch in her series, Inventions and Re-Inventions. She writes also as Handmade Penguin for theHandmade Penguin Blog. She has just completed playing The Community Lemonade Game.