Wearables and other Cool Stuff

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We will have our Meetup at the Google West Campus Building 2 (GWC2) (https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=google+GWC2&data=!4m12!2m11!1m10!1s0x808fba1ae221791b%3A0xdffe[masked]bfd!3m8!1m3!1d[masked]!2d[masked]!3d[masked]!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1)


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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


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.


Martin Wojtczyk is an award-winning software engineer and the founder of Cubotix http://www.cubotix.com (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.


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.