Wearables and other Cool Stuff

  • July 2, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Thanks to O'Reilly we will also be able to raffle off some books on tonights topics. You must be present at the end of the meetup


Location: 

We will have our Meetup at the Google West Campus Building 2 (GWC2)

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Schedule:

6:00 - 6:40 Networking and Light Dinner

6:40 - 6:50 Lightning Talk - Ash Siamak

6:50 - 7:30 Introduction to Modern Service Robotics - Martin Wojtczyk.

7:35 - 8:30Is Thought the Future of Mobile Input? - Jim McKeeth

8:30 - 9:00 Common Q&A and Giveaways

Abstract:

Robots started to become mass products around the same time as personal computers in the late 70s. Nowadays we have multiple computers in our homes, yet robots have classically been optimized for speed and precision in industrial environments. Vacuum cleaning or lawn mowing robots however indicate the beginning of a new trend: service robots in shared environments with humans. The miniaturization and cost-effective production of range and localization sensors on the one hand and the ever increasing compute power of modern processors on the other, enable the creation of smart and sensing robots for domestic use cases. - This talk will give an introduction to robotics and cover constraints in domestic environments. Furthermore we will address how you can start exploring advanced robotics in your home.


Bio: 

Martin Wojtczyk is an award-winning software engineer and the founder of Cubotix http://www.cubotix.com - a DIY community creating smart and affordable service robots for everybody. He graduated in computer science and earned his PhD in robotics from Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany after years of research in Berkeley. In his academic career he developed the full software stack for several industrial mobile service robots. He won multiple awards in global programming competitions and was recently recognized as an Intel Software Innovator.


Is Thought the Future of Mobile Input?

The Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is a mainstay of science fiction, but devices are appearing today to use our brainwaves as a computer input. Is it practical? How far away is it? What sort of input is possible and where is it being used?
We will look at the roots of the technologies that allow a view of the inner functions of the human mind, as well as the possibilities for direct input to, and augmentation of the mind, perception and thought processes. The process includes real-world examples and a demonstration with volunteers controlling software and hardware with only their thoughts and feelings. Gain an understanding of how this still evolving and largely unknown technology really works, how it can be used, and its longer-term implications.

Bio:

As lead developer evangelist at Embarcadero Technologies, Jim is a key part of Embarcadero’s evangelism team and developer community outreach. With more than 20 years of programming experience, Jim travels the world speaking at conferences and sharing his excitement and knowledge. When not traveling he is an improvisational performer with ComedySportz Boise and enjoys spending time with his family.

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  • Martin W.

    Hi, These are the slides to my talk "Introduction to Modern Service Robotics": https://www.dropbox.com/s/u4cgi5...­

    9 · July 3

    • Tamara G.

      -still hoping to receive the instructions. We may incorporate them into an existing Science Fair project for healthcare.

      August 10

    • Martin W.

      Hi, the diy instructions for the robot have been posted on http://diy.cubotix.co...­ last week and every survey participant has been notified with their account info and quick access links over this weekend. Thank you for participating!

      2 · September 21

  • Dhaval

    This month's GDG Silicon Valley Meetup was excellent :) Kudos to the Speakers and Organizers !

    3 · July 4

  • Rita

    Since someone requested - here's a link to a short video clip on GDG Silicon Vallyey's g plus page.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10...­

    3 · July 4

  • Tamara G.

    Can anyone get my GLASS out of an error message loop? I went to demo an idea to Author Ridley Pearson last night-crash!

    1 · June 22

    • Ryan M.

      Do you happen to have debugging enabled?

      July 3

    • Tamara G.

      Debug was never turned on. Now the screen is locked on the H/V/C quit unexpectedly, so settings cannot be accessed.

      July 4

  • Jim M.

    Here are my slides from last night: http://www.slideshare.net/jimmc...­
    If you want more information, please let me know!

    8 · July 3

    • Jim M.

      My session was "Is Thought The Future of Mobile Input?"

      July 3

  • Peter O.

    Very interesting speakers and content.

    2 · July 3

  • vasu j.

    Loved the event.. second half was very interesting... :)

    2 · July 3

    • Deep

      Yes, thanks to the organizers. Very interesting event. Are there any links providing excerpts or snippets that I can share on my LinkedIn or facebook profile?

      July 3

  • James

    The presentations were both informative and interesting.

    2 · July 2

  • Sunny

    I won't be able to make it. I hope the event will be recorded !

    1 · July 2

    • Jim M.

      They have a camera setup.

      1 · July 2

  • Rohit V.

    Looks like I can't make it too. :-( Changing my RSVP.

    July 2

    • Brian T.

      I think 1st come 1st serve, if there are 10 people on the waiting list and one drop/change to not going the 1st on the waiting #1 will move from wait to going...

      1 · July 2

    • Rohit V.

      Yeah, I guess that is how it works.

      July 2

  • Brian T.

    I am in waiting list should I come or not?

    July 2

  • Varun K.

    Sorry for the last minute change of plans.. I will have to skip it today :( Changed my RSVP so that someone else can benefit!!

    1 · July 2

  • Saketkumar S.

    I wont be able to make it. Hope this will help other people who are on waiting list.

    2 · July 2

  • estelle w.

    If anyone can't attend, please update your RSVP to no so some of us on the waiting list can make it. Thanks.

    July 2

  • Ash

    Slides for lightning talk
    https://docs.google.com/presenta...­

    Swift talk @ SVCC
    http://t.co/XOJTtSq96Q­

    3 · July 2

  • Farish C.

    I am the Organizer of GDG Kozhikode and I from India. So I love to attend GDG Silicon Valley evwnt as I am here (for I/O and Summit). I hope you will confirm my entry. Thank you.

    July 1

  • Srinivas C.

    We are in front of GWC2 how do we get in

    July 1

  • Srinivas C.

    Can somebody help us in checking in

    July 1

    • Rita

      The event is tomorrow guys!!

      1 · July 1

    • Jim M.

      I was nervous for a minute there.

      1 · July 1

  • Nick M.

    My wife specifically said I could go... and definitely interested in the topic as I'm loving my new Wear watch (and have enjoyed my Glass for over a year now) but in the end I'd rather spend my 8th wedding anniversary with some quality time with my wife, so I'm relinquishing my spot for someone on the wait list. See you next month :)

    4 · July 1

  • Marwan J.

    I am interested in a version of Smile Android app (https://play.google.com/store/ap...­) for Glass and other wearables...

    2 · July 1

  • Vivek M.

    Any chance of the waitlist opening up?

    1 · July 1

  • Roni M.

    Are there any plans to record this event?

    1 · June 30

    • Jonathan M.

      Like the past couple events we will try, but there is no guarantee.

      2 · June 30

    • Rich R.

      If the presentation is on a Mac, try using Quicktime to create a screen recording. I don't need to see the speaker usually. But preflight the audio/screen record and playback to change the defaults.

      1 · June 30

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