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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 05:43

Intel's giant robot set to rock Vivid Sydney

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Vivid Sydney festival might be hosting some of the world's biggest bands and musicians but it's also welcoming a giant interactive robot, powered by Intel.

This year's 18 day Vivid Sydney to be held between 23 May and 9 June, will light up the city's landmarks in exciting light displays, all while showcasing the potential of new Intel technologies.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year the chipmaker has been an event partner of the festival, and festival attendees will have the opportunity to control the lighting on Sydney’s harbour bridge, or the movements of a “giant interactive robot” from an Acer tablet powered by an Intel processor.

Other lighting displays include a digital forest, its centrepiece is a 120 LED installation fronting a display of Intel’s latest 2-in-1 products, and LED-studded boats floating throughout different parts of Sydney Harbour.

Tablets will be given away during the festival to attendees who upload the best photos of Intel’s robot to Instagram with the hashtag #Intelrobot.

Many of the installations will rely on technologies powered by the Intel Galileo development board, a customisable circuit board used by artists, designers and capable enthusiasts to create interactive environments.

Intel is hosting two workshops members of the public can attend to find more about the new DIY processor, and one is sold out already.

Intel Australia managing director, Kate Burleigh, said Intel’s range of chips were enabling artists to creatively express themselves. “Our technology is working to make it happen. It’s not what we make; it’s what we make possible,” Burleigh said.

This year’s Vivid promises to be the largest in the event's history. Sandra Chipchase, chief executive of Destination NSW, the state government event agency behind Vivid, said the installations will “create an unbroken trail of light from Circular Quay to North Sydney”.

“This year’s Vivid Sydney boasts the largest program of light, music and ideas in the festival’s six-year history, with an extended footprint in five new precincts including Carriageworks, The University of Sydney, The Star and finally Harbour Lights.

“Intel has been an important partner in Vivid Sydney’s success over the last four years and I want to thank the Intel team for their help in developing another fantastic event.”

Tickets are still available to one of Intel's Galileo Workshops, here.

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