Saturday, August 2, 2014

Source of short videos on technical topics

The Gadgetoff logo
Gadgetoff is the name of an event that took place in the New York City area once a year from 2004-2007. Its website describes its focus as "Our early focus on gadgets has dramatically expanded and we are now a celebration of technical and artistic innovation and a salon to ponder the future. All of our guests participate and include inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, artists, creators, visionaries and geniuses."

Gadgetoff website:

The last event was on September 25, 2009 - and since then there has been no news on its website and no further information about another Gadgetoff event. I wrote to them on their website's contact address, but so far have not received a response.

However, the presentations from 2007 are uploaded on the Video section of the website, and they are still relevant and up-to-date. The presentations are fewer than 10 minutes, and some are fewer than 5 - so they are practical for use in class or for students to view at home.

Link to videos:

The topics include:
  • DARPA projects
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Hacking
  • Biotechonomy
  • Aircraft
  • Photography
  • The brain
  • All types of robots and robotic gadgets
  • Information about many areas of science and technology
It's hard to imagine that students wouldn't find something to interest them, and these short videos could be used for listening practice, presentations, research and/or discussion.

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