Saturday 2 June 2007 / 11 am - 3 pm
Horizon Scotland / Forres, Scotland Free of charge
Interested in what's going on at Distance Lab? At our "Open Studio"
events we show you how we're pushing the limits of technology and
design to overcome the disadvantages of distance. We also expose you
to some of the most innovative research ideas and personalities from
other parts of the world.
Our first Open Studio event will include invited presentations by two
Dan Stiehl is
a PhD candidate in the Robotic Life research group at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in the USA. He
will be talking about the Media Lab's "Huggable" project, a
sophisticated robotic teddy bear intended as a platform for early
language learning scenarios as well as tele-health applications for
the young and old. He will also discuss current plans for Highlands &
Islands companies and organisations to participate in the development
of the Huggable in collaboration with Distance Lab. Dan holds dual
Bachelors degrees in Brain and Cognitive Science and Mechanical
Engineering, and a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences, all from MIT.
Elena Corchero is an
experienced fashion and interaction designer with a background in fine
arts. She will be presenting her latest work on how electronics and
solar power technology can be incorporated into garments and fashion
accessories in a delicate and appealing way. She will also talk about
her work on "keepsakes of the future" started while she was a
researcher at MIT's Media Lab Europe. There she created the
"whiSpiral", a spiral-shaped shawl with integrated voice recorders
that store audio messages from your friends. Elena is currently a
Masters candidate in Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins College
of Art and Design in London.
Presentations and a light lunch will be followed by open studio time
during which you can visit our lab space, check out our equipment,
talk to our researchers, and see early project demonstrations.