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Obscure interest alert: tech gatherings we love

Idealog doesn’t normally write about events, but these two September events wear their geekdom so proudly that we just couldn’t let them pass by unmentioned. 

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things Meetup 2

At: Colab, Auckland, September 16

Over the next two months storytellers, game designers, makers, hackers and Sherlock fans all over the world are coming together to create a network of real and virtual crime scenes populated with Sherlock-themed intelligent objects. 

The first part of the project (a cunning-as-a-weasel ploy to get people engaged with the Internet of Things) culminates in a crime scene during the New York Film Festival on September 26, and then a global challenge October 24-25.

The Auckland teams’ next meetup is September 16, so if that’s your kind of thing, have at it. 

Annual Wearable Tech potluck picnic

At: Mt Roskill, Auckland, September 2

The NZ wearable technologies community is apparently a thing, and to prove it, ??StretchSense is hosting their 2nd annual potluck picnic.

The rules are simple: bring a plate of food, sport your favourite wearables gadget, and revel in the admiration of your similarly technologically-enlightened peers. 

The above photo comes from last year’s event, but Idealog’s suggested wearable tech fashion statement for this year’s picnic comes from Dutch fashion tech designer, Anouk Wipprecht (below). The Spider dress is equipped with proximity and respiration sensors, which respond to external stimuli, particularly the invasion of the wearer’s personal space. Perfect, may we suggest, for detecting the presence of hoverhand.   

Our thanks to the guys at Colab for pointing out these treasures

Chief editor at Idealog, Nikki's a veteran in the journalism industry. A former lecturer at AUT University, she was the chief reporter at NZ weekly business publication The Independent and was deputy editor of Canadian publication Unlimited magazine.

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