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Sarnoff Innovation Series Presents Lecture on Early Video Games, November 4, 2015

Sarnoff Innovation Series Presents Lecture on Early Video Games, November 4, 2015

The Sarnoff Innovation Series will continue on Wednesday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m. with a special lecture by Dr. Arthur Molella, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Dr. Molella will speak on Ralph Baer’s Labs and the Birth of Video Games.

Ralph Baer is often called the father of home video games, and he helped launch a billion-dollar industry far bigger than Hollywood. His basement workshop shines a light on his creative processes and reveals the multifarious roots of video games in the entertainment and toy industries, electrical engineering, TV technology, economics, and the military-industrial complex. As Dr. Molella has commented: “Looking to the future, the full implications of Baer’s revolutionary innovations are only beginning to emerge in myriad interactive technologies, including smart TVs and smart phones, simulators, drones, human-machine interfaces in aviation and space, as well as other military and commercial applications.”

Arthur Molella received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Cornell University. He has published and lectured internationally on the relationships among science, technology, and culture. His publications include Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (with Robert Kargon, MIT, 2008); Places of Invention (ed. with Anna Karvellas, Smithsonian, 2015,); and World’s Fairs on the Eve of War: Science, Technology, and Modernity, 1937-1942 (with Robert Kargon, et al., Pittsburgh, forthcoming 2015). He currently serves on the boards of the National Academy of Inventors and the MIT Museum.

Dr. Molella’s lecture will be held in Roscoe West Hall, Room 201. The exhibition opening and reception will follow at 5:00 p.m. on the second floor of Roscoe West Hall. Parking will be available in lots 17 and 18. For more information and a campus map, please visit www.tcnj.edu/sarnoff or call 609-771-2633.

Theremin Performance, April 8, 4 p.m.

Theremin Performance, April 8, 4 p.m.

The Sarnoff Collection is pleased to present a theremin concert by Mano Divina and the Divine Hand Ensemble on Wednesday, April 8, at 4:00 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall in the Music Building. The event is free and open to the public. The theremin is one of the earliest and most extraordinary electronic music instruments.… Continue Reading

3D Printing Demo & Design Tutorial, Saturday, March 21, 11-1

3D Printing Demo & Design Tutorial, Saturday, March 21, 11-1

On Saturday, March 21, from 11:00 to 1:00, as part of the Trenton Computer Festival, the Sarnoff Collection is offering a 3D printing demo and design tutorial. This short, drop-in workshop will enable visitors to create object designs that can be printed. Rebecca Mercuri and Kevin Meredith will teach you how to use FreeCAD, an… Continue Reading

Interactive Exhibit Expo and Blue LED Demonstration, February 23

Interactive Exhibit Expo and Blue LED Demonstration, February 23

On Monday, February 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Sarnoff Collection will host a presentation of student designed state-of-the-art technologies for expanding and enhancing the experience of visiting TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection. For the second year, students in TCNJ’s Interactive Multimedia Department’s course “Interactive Exhibition Design” have created a variety of new multimedia tools for… Continue Reading

Radio to the Rescue: David Sarnoff and the Titanic Disaster

  From April 12 through May 11, 2012, a special exhibition of artifacts from The Sarnoff Collection was presented in the TCNJ Library to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, an event in which David Sarnoff played a significant role. Below are texts and images from that exhibition. In 1912, Sarnoff… Continue Reading

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