I'm so busy and burned out that I wasn't actually planning to go to the ITP Show this year, but then my friend Tom Igoe posted a Facebook link that read, "Grouchy the Clown automata", and so I had to go.
The automata were the work of Eun Jung Park, who makes many of her creations by hand (and others with a laser cutter). Unfortunately, Grouchy wasn't working, but she had a bunch of other cool stuff:
Here's a video of the wooden face from Ms. Park's website:
Other cool stuff I saw before I got overloaded by the ITP din:
ASCII controlled lights by Taylor Levy:
Money Switch by Ozge Kirimlioglu:
When you turn the switch on, the printer starts printing how much money you are spending.
And, the mud rub:
And, this has nothing to do with ITP, but I've been waiting for an excuse to post this "Don't Tase Me Bro" automata by Jon Haddock: