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Community Notebook: Silicon Valley Robot Block Party features the latest in robotics

Palo Alto event kicks off sixth annual National Robotics Week

More than 1,000 people are expected to celebrate National Robotics Week at the 2015 Silicon Valley Robot Block Party, where the latest robotics technology and startups will be on display.

The block party, hosted by WilmerHale law firm and Silicon Valley Robotics, a professional association that supports innovation in robotic technologies, will be held today, April 8, from noon to 4 p.m. at WilmerHale's offices, 950 Page Mill Road.

Eventgoers will be able to interact with robotic technology from Silicon Valley's top robotics firms, hobbyists and the world's next generation of robot experts, according to a press release. The event will feature a range of robots from small ones that can use a person's brain waves to control games to larges one that can protect soldiers in combat or perform life-saving surgeries.

The sixth annual National Robotics Week celebrates the United State's "leadership in robotics, educates the public about robotics, advocates for increased funding for robotics and seeks to inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other science, technology, engineering and math-related fields," the press release reads.

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Posted by Mommy of 2 Boys
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 8, 2015 at 10:53 am

Is this open to the public? It would have been nice to have known about it ahead of time.


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Posted by MadamPresident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm

free for public, but no tickets left Web Link


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Posted by Simon Firth
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

My son and I just got back. No-one is checking tickets. There's valet parking and lots of space to park in the next door lots. It's a mixed bag. A fair number of people are showing off educational robotics ideas, not of all of which are interesting or novel. There are also few a high schools robotic teams (none from Palo Alto that I saw). But many of the leading local robotics companies don't seem to have a presence.


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Posted by Simon Firth
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

My son and I just got back. No-one is checking tickets. There's valet parking and lots of space to park in the next door lots. It's a mixed bag. A fair number of people are showing off educational robotics ideas, not of all of which are interesting or novel. There are also few a high schools robotic teams (none from Palo Alto that I saw). But many of the leading local robotics companies don't seem to have a presence.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Los Altos
on Apr 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

I've attended the Silicon Valley Robotics Robot Block Party and we should thank the companies and project teams that supported this community event as it is not a money maker for any of the exhibitors.

Furthermore, this event is well known to just about everyone in the robotics field so if a high school or company was not in attendance, then it was most likely their decision not to be there.

I read a comment about none of the exhibits being interesting or novel, well to that I would suggest that peolpe who feel that way put their superior talent to work and invent something interesting or novel and exhibit next year.

Cheers!


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