What’s Happening: The Detroit Java User Group

The Detroit Java User Group is proud to announce that James Ward, Adobe’s Flex evangelist will be speaking to their group on August 19th 2009 from 6:30 P.M – 8:30 P.M at the eprize headquarters. This event is free and open to all that would like to attend. If you are planning on coming to the event please RSVP

What is Java and Flex?

Java and Flex
Building highly interactive software that users love to use is usually a challenging endeavor. However, the open source Flex SDK and Java are a perfect combination of technologies for building very rich and highly interactive software for the Web and the desktop. The communication between the Java back-end and Flex front-end can utilize a number of different communication protocols, but the easiest and best performing is the open source BlazeDS library. This session covers the fundamentals of using Flex, Java, Spring, and BlazeDS to build rich and highly interactive software for the Web and the desktop.

James Ward is a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe and Adobe’s JCP representative to JSR 286, 299, and 301. Much like his love for climbing mountains he enjoys programming because it provides endless new discoveries, elegant workarounds, summits and valleys. His adventures in climbing have taken him many places. Likewise, technology has brought him many adventures, including: Pascal and Assembly back in the early 90’s; Perl, HTML, and JavaScript in the mid 90’s; then Java and many of it’s frameworks beginning in the late 90’s. Today he primarily uses Flex to build beautiful front-ends for Java based back-ends. Prior to Adobe, James built a rich marketing and customer service portal for Pillar Data Systems.

Food and beverages for this event will be sponsored by The Epitec Group

For more information please visit The Detroit Java User Group website

Ann Arbor Maker Faire

The guys over at the Ann Arbor Go-Tech makers group are putting on the first Ann Arbor Makers Faire on Saturday August 29th 2009 at the Neutral Zone which is located at 310 E. Washington Ann Arbor, MI 48104. They are looking for people to register for exhibitors. If you would like to be apart of the making of Metro Detroit’s First Maker Faire head over to their site and register today!

i3 Detroit is already registered and planning to be there so we hope to see you all come out and visit us.

i3 Detroit Community Recycle Day Event



The i3 Detroit technology cooperative will hold an electronics recycling drive on Saturday July 11th, 2009, in downtown Ferndale. Volunteers from i3 Detroit will accept drop-offs from 9AM to 3PM outside of Go Comedy, 261 E. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale. The group will also hold a raffle for $300 in prizes at the event.

In Metro Detroit, electronics cannot be recycled curbside. Instead, residents usually have to make an appointment to take their old electronics to a SOCCRA drop-off center[1]. The i3 recycling drive will give Metro Detroiters an alternative way to recycle their old electronics, as well as raise awareness for the importance of electronics recycling in general.

According to the EPA, electronics can contain harmful materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and brominated flame retardants[2]. Keeping these materials out of landfills can help reduce air and water pollution. All electronics collected at the event will be recycled by Silicon Alley Recyclers (http://siliconalleyrecyclers.us).

Attendees will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for laptop cases from SFBags, jinx.com gift certificates, and t-shirts from Snorg Tees. The proceeds will go towards opening i3 Detroit’s community workshop in the Russell Industrial Center.

About i3 Detroit. i3 Detroit (http://i3detroit.com) is a member-run, non-profit organization dedicated to creating a collaborative environment for the exploration of technology, art and culture.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with i3 Detroit please call Russ Wolfe at 248-320-9686 or e-mail Russ at rwolfe at i3detroit.com

[1] http://www.socrra.org/electronics.html

[2] http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/materials/ecycling/faq.htm


No Furniture

No Broken Glass

No Televisions or Displays larger than 27″

No Appliances

$2.00 minimum and .50 cents per pound cost to recycle your old equipment.

Thanks for helping the environment and our cause!

LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots

LEMUR will be at MOCAD this Friday June 26th as a part of the Midsummer Nights in Midtown series at 8:45 P.M and 10:30 P.M. The show is free of charge and open to the public. If you would like to learn more please visit them at their website.

What is LEMUR?

League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots is a Brooklyn-based group of artists and technologists who create robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments which integrate robotic technology. LEMUR’s philosophy is to build robots that are new types of musical instruments, as opposed to animatronic robots that play existing instruments.

LEMUR’s growing ensemble includes over 50 robotic instruments. GuitarBot, an electric stringed instrument, is comprised of several independently controllable stringed units which can pick and slide extremely rapidly. ModBots are a large collection of modular percussion robots in a variety of styles and functions, including beaters, singing bells and shakers. The Ill-Tempered Clangier is a robotic xylophone-like tubular bell instrument which clangs percussive melodies on forty-four tuned metal pipes. ForestBot is comprised of a forest of egg-shaped rattles sprouting from long rods that quiver and sway over onlookers. TibetBot is designed around three Tibetan singing bowls struck by robotic arms to produce a range of timbres.

LEMUR is supported in part by generous grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Experimental Television Center and Materials for the Arts. LEMUR is also supported by Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.


Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit

Friday, June 26

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward – mocadetroit.org

artist_lemurLEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots
Installation: 8:00pm-12:00am
Performances: 8:45pm & 10:30pm – Music | Technology
LEMUR builds robots that are new types of sculptural musical instruments.  The robots will perform with human beatboxer and vocal performance artist, Adam Matta, and will be shown in an inter-active installation controlled by the audience.


Slavic Soul Party!
9:30pm & 11:15pm – Balkan Worldbeat
A fiery 10-piece Balkan brass band from NYC, Slavic Soul Party! delivers some of the most danceable rhythms melding Gypsy, East European, Mexican and Asian jazz and soul.

Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition @ OU

This weekend is the 17th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition at Oakland University.

The IGVC is the premiere university level unmanned ground vehicle competition in the world. It challenges students to think creatively as a team about the evolving technologies of vehicle electronics, controls, sensors, computer science, robotics, and systems integration throughout the design, fabrication and field testing of autonomous intelligent mobile robots.

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