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Submission + - Art Induced Seizures

qeorqe writes: Three visitors to the multimedia art installation "Zee" by Kurt Hentschlager may have suffered seizures. It was closed indefinitely after three incidents in its first three days. The exhibit consisted of a fog filled room where one's visual field is filled with changing and pulsing colored light patterns.

This is part of Pittsburgh's International Festival of Firsts. The festival also includes a four story high yellow rubber ducky in Pittsburgh's rivers.
Robotics

Submission + - Robot 250 2

qeorqe writes: As part of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary CMU and Pitt are hosting Robot 250, scheduled July 11-27, 2008. It is a citywide collection of art exhibits, events, and activities employing or relating to robotics. Eleven more of the larger outdoor exhibits are called Bigbots.

One Bigbot exhibit by Keny Marshall is "Crickets" or "prototype for an infinite array of semi-autonomous percussive devices". A garden at The Mattress Factory Museum is filled with small robotic creatures that make sounds, activating and deactivating themselves in accordance with the rules for John Conway's "Game of Life". The garden has 25 robots in a 5x5 wrap around logical space.

Another Bigbot exhibit by Osman Khan is "Mower", a herd of robotic sheep that roam and mow the lawn at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

"You're #1" by Ian Ingram is another Bigbot exhibit. It is a 15 foot hand on the roof of The Andy Warhol Museum that interacts with people that high five it from various outposts around the city.
Robotics

Submission + - Does Pittsburgh Dream of Electric Sheep? 2

qeorqe writes: As part of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary CMU and Pitt are hosting Robot250 July 11-27, 2008. It is a citywide collection of art exhibits employing or relating to robotics. Some of the larger outdoor exhibits are called Bigbots.

One of the Bigbot exhibits by Osman Khan is "Mower", robotic sheep that mow the lawn at Phipps Conservatory.

Another Bigbot exhibit by Keny Marshall is "prototype for an infinite array of semi-autonomous percussive devices" or "Crickets". It is a garden full of small robotic creatures that make sounds, activating and deactivating themselves in accordance with the rules for John Conway's "Game of Life".

Another Bigbot exhibit by Ian Ingram is "You're #1". It is a 15 foot hand on the roof of The Andy Warhol Museum that interacts with people that high five it from various outposts around the city.
Robotics

Submission + - CMU wins Robot Car Challenge 2

qeorqe writes: Tartan Racing Team from CMU has been declared the winner of The Urban Challenge. Autonomous (unmanned)robot cars competed in tasks in an urban setting. Professional human drivers drove on the course as moving obstacles. Vehicles were penalized for violating the California driving laws, collisions, hitting the curb, and various other restrictions.

DARPA sponsored the competition. Tartan Racing Team (CMU) won the $2 million first prize with their entry "The Boss" based on a Chevy Tahoe. Stanford Racing Team won the $1 million second prize with their entry "Junior" based on a Volkswagen Passat. VictorTango (Virginia Tech) won the $1/2 million third prize with their entry "Odin" based on a Ford Escape. Junior had line honors being the first to cross the finish line. The Boss finished shortly after Junior. Because starts were staggared and penalties were applied for errors, a corrected time was used to determine the winner.

MIT's car cut off and hit Team Cornell's car during the competition. Both cars were eventually able to resume.

Congratulations to all participants and especially Tartan Racing Team. Is there any chance of The Boss leading a victory parade through the streets of Pittsburgh?

Some other coverage may be found at WIred and itwire. Earlier slashdot coverage can also be found.
The Courts

Submission + - America's Cup, Court, Catamaran 1

qeorqe writes: Does this seem like Deja Vu?
No we are not back in 1988.

The Swiss won their defense of the America's Cup in 2007 in one of the closest AC matches in history. Since Switzerland is inland, the venue was Valencia Spain. Upon winning, the Swiss accepted a challenge from the Spanish for the next America's Cup. The venue will probably again be in Spain.

The Spanish seem to have conceded most terms of the competition. The Swiss have declared major changes. They are eliminating the current boat design in favor of a new larger design. They are also giving themselves the option to compete in the challenger series.

Larry Ellison (Oracle CEO) is threatening court action according to Stuart Alexander of "The Independent".

"Ellison said that the Spanish challenge was invalid and issued his own."

"Ellison's challenge would be for a 90ft-long boat to challenge in just 10 months' time. His challenge also makes the yacht 90ft wide, indicating a catamaran again. What Ellison really wants, however, is to lever Bertarelli into negotiations."

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