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Sony and Microsoft to join Disney and others for Otronicon 2014 at the Orlando Science Center

by Banks Lee

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Join the Orlando Science Center Jan. 17 to 20, 2014 for Otronicon, an annual event that has the opportunity to inspire your interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality.

New partners Microsoft and Sony join the likes of Walt Disney World, EA Sports, Florida Hospital for Children, Lockheed Martin and the University of Central Florida to demonstrate Orlando’s impact on the world of entertainment, simulation, education, training, health care and more.

Guests will be able to tinker and toy with Microsoft’s latest products including the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices, Windows Phone and Makerbot (one of the forerunners in 3D printing). The Microsoft Family room will provide another means of demonstrative learning as attendees can see how the Microsoft ecosystem works across multiple devices in a simulated real world setting.

Gamers can also play the recently released Xbox One as well as Xbox 360. Demos of the Kinect 2.0 sensor and the Xbox One hardware will also be on display. Microsoft will also raffle off one Xbox One system a day for guests to win.

Sony will provide multiple game areas to experience the brand-new PlayStation 4. And for your eyes and ears only, try out the Personal 3D HDTV Viewer (head mounted display) to watch Blu-ray Discs, play video games, and use your PC and smartphone wirelessly with a virtual 750″ screen and virtual 7.1 surround sound — even in 3D.

Ekso Bionics, a pioneer in the field of robotic exoskeletons for augmenting human strength, endurance and mobility, will be demonstrating this technology. Medical breakthroughs have enabled people who are wheelchair-bound to walk again. One such individual, Ekso ambassador and paraplegic Sarah Anderson, will be present to showcase this bionic-suit technology firsthand during all four days of Otronicon.

To show the event isn’t just for kids, Otronicon hosts adult-centric activities on Friday and Saturday evenings including 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 entertain audiences on Saturday night only.

And for the price of admission, guests can see a Hollywood movie in the Digital Adventure Theater including “Wreck-It Ralph 3D” or “Pacific Rim 3D.” Guests can also get the first look at the newest traveling exhibit, “Zoom Into Nano”: a hands-on, interactive exhibition that focuses on how scientists make things that are too small to see.

Admission to Otronicon is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3-11). Tickets also include 3D educational films 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 Otronicon.org.

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