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Attn. all geeks: Otronicon is coming to Orlando Science Center this weekend

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Geeks, nerds and fans of tecky fun are in for a treat this weekend at the Orlando Science Center. Otronicon, a four-day celebration of interactive technology in our work and play environment, runs from Friday, Jan. 17 through Monday, Jan. 20. Directed at inspiring a child’s interest in science and tech careers, the event will include larger-than-life video game experiences, state-of-the-art medical and military simulators, workshops taught by industry pros, and much, much more. But Otronicon is not just for kids. Oh no, it’s a fun experience for all ages.

New to Otronicon this year

  • Microsoft and Sony present the latest in video game and home entertainment consoles with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively. In addition, check out Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 and Sony’s Personal 3D HDTV Viewer.
  • Witness incredible exoskeleton technology in action. Lockheed Martin will showcase the HULC suit: an exoskeleton that helps dismounted warfighters carry heavy combat loads. And a pioneer of this technology, Ekso Bionics, will demonstrate the bionic suit that allows those who are wheelchair-bound to walk again.
  • The UCF School of Visual Arts & Design and E2i Creative Studio present the first-ever Otronicon Game Jam, a 48-hour event that challenges teams of game designers to create a playable game on the Oculus Rift.

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  • Microsoft will raffle an Xbox One system all four days for guests to win.
  • Adult-targeted offerings on Friday and Saturday evening include a nerdy burlesque show by Skill Focus, a cash bar provided by Tuxedo Catering and geek trivia courtesy of The Cloak and Blaster. Live music with the band A Brilliant Lie will excite audiences on Saturday night only.
  • Wearable technology — like Google Glass — is all the rage. Listen to pioneers leading the way in a special presentation and discover the impact wearable devices will have on our everyday lives.
  • Discover how to make robots dance Gangnam Style with Robotis’ Bioloid Premium: an educational robot kit that teaches the basics of robotic structure and the principles of joints and movement.
  • Get noticed in the Cosplay Contest. Dress as your favorite character from a video game, movie or any other pop culture source to win prizes.
  • Vote for your favorite local filmmakers’ short film in the FilmSlam on Saturday.

Past favorites return

  • EA SPORTS spotlights the many exciting aspects of game development.
  • Walt Disney World Resort shows how they use simulation to design rides and attractions.
  • Florida Hospital for Children presents Medical Sim City where guests can go hands-on with the same multimillion dollar technology that doctors use — medical degree not required.
  • Enter for a chance to win cash prizes with the return of gaming competitions presented by Powder Keg Games.
  • Explore the virtual reality environment of the Virtusphere.
  • Engage in outdoor laser tag courtesy of Battlefield Live Orlando.
  • Play video games on everything from retro arcades to next-gen consoles.
  • Explore video game-inspired art in the Artronica exhibit.
  • Take a class in video game design, learn to solder and connect with industry professionals to discover the growing career opportunities in your own backyard.
  • Take a break and catch a flick in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience including “Wreck-It Ralph 3D” or “Pacific Rim 3D.”

Prices and Hours

Admission to Otronicon is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3-11). Tickets also include access to the new traveling exhibit “Zoom Into Nano,” giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming. Science Center members can experience Otronicon for free.

Otronicon is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20.

For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit www.otronicon.org.

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