Celebrate interactive technology’s role in how we live, learn, work and play during Otronicon, Orlando’s interactive technology expo! For the 13th consecutive year, Orlando Science Center invites you to interact with industry leaders and learn about STEM careers; experience the future of games and design; see the latest in medical and military technologies; catch flying drone demonstrations, take off with VR in the new immersive flight lab, plus check out workshops and panels led by industry pros, and much more.
Featuring multiple industry partners including Lockheed Martin, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida Hospital for Children, University of Central Florida, and others, Otronicon is the Science Center’s largest annual event, hosting more than 15,000 visitors last year.
In the Science Center’s exhibit halls, you can experience the latest innovations in augmented, virtual, and mixed reality, allowing you to experience what it’s like to fly a plane on a mission, perform surgery, ride a roller coaster and more. And presentations and workshops will allow you to interact with real-world professionals and learn the tricks of the trade as you practice valuable STEM skills.
Otronicon takes place Friday through Monday, January 12th through 15th, 2018 at the Orlando Science Center in Orlando. Otronicon is open to the public for four full days.
Otronicon 2018 Schedule
Friday thru Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (All Ages)
Saturday, 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Science Night Live featuring Otronicon!* (Ages 21 and up)
*Separate ticket required.
There will also be classes in video game creation, as well as exclusive peeks at simulators created by experts in the field. This is the one weekend when the Orlando Science Center leaves its doors open for extended evening hours, so be sure to plan on experiencing all of the interactive fun at Otronicon.
Otronicon is a celebration of interactive technology that takes place each January at Orlando Science Center. It offers a glimpse into the future and a demonstration of how interactive technology will impact how we work, learn and play. At Otronicon, guests walk on the cutting edge through state of the art video games, digital media, digital art, and workshops – not to mention military and medical simulators typically not available to the public.
COST, HOURS & MORE INFO
Admission to Otronicon is free for OSC members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3-11). Tickets will be available on online January 1, 2018, allowing guests to save time upon entry to the event.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Science Night Live, a 21-and-up event, will be from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, January 13 and will require a separate ticket.
New experiences/highlights for Otronicon 2018:
Visitors will get to “virtually” climb into the cockpit and experience life as a pilot when the new immersive experience, Flight Lab, premieres on Friday, January 12, at their annual Otronicon tech expo. Flight Lab will contain 13 flight simulator stations to accommodate both a pilot and co-pilot. Students or “studs”, will use computer stations with Oculus Rift head-mounted display units as they learn how to fly, navigate, communicate, and work as a team.
The new exhibit experience will use inspirational real-world mission scenarios to teach standards-based STEM concepts and to develop critical communication, decision-making, team building, and collaborative skills. All these skills are put to the test as the Lab’s flight “Captain” assigns each pilot/co-pilot unit a mission of high value. Missions can vary and certain tasks will require all 13 teams to work together. Other missions will pit the best pilots against one another in their own version of “Top Gun.”
Cognizant, Orlando Science Center’s Science Night Live sponsor, invites guests to meet SPARK, a mini drone that empowers you to push your creative boundaries. With intelligent flight control options and a camera with incredible image quality, you will be able to use block programming to teach the drone how to fly up, turn around and snap a “selfie” or what we call a “dronie”. Once programmed, you can test fly your drone in a drone cage.
On the terrace, there will also be a Drone Challenge obstacle course where guests will be able to test their drone-flying abilities – no programming required.
This motion platform generates up to 7 G forces with six “Degrees of Freedom,”* creating a realistic and immersive simulation experience for the rider. Dare to step on the gas, accelerate, and be the first one to cross the finish line in a super sport car driving up to 200 mph — a sensation normally reserved for the top professional racing drivers!
*Six degrees of freedom (6DoF) refers to the freedom of movement of a rigid body in three-dimensional space. Specifically, the body is free to move forward/backward, up/down, left/right (translation in three perpendicular axes) combined with rotation about three perpendicular axes, often termed pitch, yaw, and roll.
The Mars STEM Experience was designed and built by Orange Technical College students to provide a flexible lab space for simulation based scenarios using both practical and computer based challenges. The experience designed for Otronicon includes several problems that have to be completed by 4-6 players before the clock runs out. Players will enter a Mars habitat that has suffered a cyber security attack and will be forced to evacuate once the crew has been assembled and the escape vehicle is ready.
Chris Brown from Bart // Bar + Arcade + Gallery is providing the giant Donkey Kong Arcade that’s about 9 feet tall and guests will be able to play in addition to various other classic and all-new games.
HP Newquist is the author of “The Brain Makers,” the definitive history of artificial intelligence. He has written more than a dozen books, hundreds of magazine articles, and several film documentaries.