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Next Meeting

Mar 4 6pm

Biorobots are designed to test hypotheses about how lifeforms work. Like any good model, they are simplifications that allow us to perform experiments that are impossible in real organisms. For example, we can test ideas about how the first vertebrates evolved by applying natural selection to a population of physical biorobots that are built to model ancient vertebrates. We can also incorporate bioinspired genetics and development into the life history of digitally simulated robots, testing ideas about how to create the genetic variation that is required by natural selection. In this presentation, we’ll look at how biorobots are designed and built, how they serve as models for scientific inquiry, and how we perform experiments with them.

Speaker

John Long Professor and Chair, Department of Cognitive Science Professor, Department of Biology Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Laboratory on the John G. Vassar Chair of Natural History Vassar College

Author of Darwin’s Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology.

Lightning Talks

We’ll also be doing the following lightning talks before the meeting:

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When

Wed, Mar 4, 2020
6pm - 8pm

Where

2nd Floor Auditorium
Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

News

Mad Science Fair's 8th year promises Robotic Fun

Makers of all sorts will be showing off their projects in this year’s Mad Science Fair coming up on Wednesday July 11th - 6pm at Lourdes High School.

The Mad Science Fair was thought up almost 10 years ago at the Palace Diner in Poughkeepsie by Joe Apuzzo, long time member of the HV Open Technology Meetup. Members of HV Open were discussing all kinds of projects they were working on over dinner. These ranged from simple blinking of LED lights, building radio equipment, to custom designing and manufacturing circuit boards overseas. “You know what would be great, if we had an old time Science Fair, but showing off all these projects to each other,” said Joe Apuzzo. “It would be like the Mad Science version of a Science Fair, a Mad Science Fair.”

And ever since then HV Open has dedicated it’s July meetup to the Mad Science Fair. Sophi Kravitz, notable local maker who works for Hack-a-day, once brought an interactive art project that pulsed light and sound based on your heartbeat. By using a pulse ox sensor, those typically used during a doctor visit, the art reacted to your own body, and made for a different experience every time a different wearer put it on.

Among the many projects this year will include robots, green screens, a learn to solder station, geothermal heating, and much more. Matthias Johnson, IT Director for Lourdes High School, is also the mentor for the Lourdes robotics team. Every year they compete in a statewide challenge to build and program robots to navigate a complex obstacle course. He’ll have some of the robots and parts of the course on display.

“It’s always a wonderful night. You find yourself learning so much, and talking with folks about incredible projects they’ve made.” said Sean Dague, founder of HV Open. “I always walk away inspired to create something new.”

The Mad Science Fair runs from 6 - 8pm on Wednesday July 11th in the Cafeteria at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie NY. For more information check out the HV Open website - http://hvopen.org.

Contacts:

HV Open:

  • Sean Dague, sean@dague.net
  • Matthias Johnson, matthias.a.johnson@gmail.com

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The New HV Open Website

As part of the rebranding to HV Open it was time to simplify the platform for the website at the same time. I had a few requirements going into this.

  • There had to be a way to sync to meetup. I hate double data entry.
  • It should be mobile friendly / responsive.
  • The server costs to maintain should be low. That’s both hardware resources, but also the time it takes to do regular security maintenance of the software stack.
  • All the old meeting urls had to be maintained (even if through redirects). People put these in their resumes showing that they have public speaking experience.

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MHVLUG becomes HV Open

HV Open Logo

15 years ago MHVLUG was formed around the nascent Linux operating system. Linux was just transitioning from the hobbyist and ISP realms into every day work in non technology businesses. What Linux needed was human networks where people could get together and help each other with what they were learning. MHVLUG was created to be that kind of place. We started a monthly lecture series to share our expertise. We held regular weekend install fests to help people install and configure Linux on their computers.

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