Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details

When I was a boy, I loved New York's Museum of Natural History. Mostly the dinosaurs. But why, in the tech world, are there no places to celebrate gadgetry as art, history, the things we love?

This year's follow up to the original Giz Gallery is just that.

Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details

It is a collection of the greatest gadgets and tech we could find and fit under a roof. It is not meant to throw things in your face that you don't need so you can engulf them in exchange for debt, but is here to celebrate what is great about our world of tech, commercial or hacked, new or old. And there is no other collection in the world like it for strength of display of amazing technical achievement and fun—sometimes those artifacts are commercially made but more often, not. And this year we've learned a few new tricks.

Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details

It'll be 3 times bigger in a new location and open nearly 3 times as long (from September 23rd to the 27th). And from what we learned last year, we added lots of stuff for you to play with: there's less of an emphasis on staring at old, important pieces of gadgetry in glass cases, and more chances to try things out. We have over 60 devices this year; here are just some of the things we're bringing you:

• Tesla coils. Singing. Three times a day. (Hello? Man made lightning? Check!)




• Panasonic's amazing 103-inch TV, again. With exclusive art from Bad Robot's Star Trek playing on it. When we're not playing Rock Band or Call of Duty.

Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details



• A giant 3D Etch a Sketch with a custom 3D motion controller.

Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details



• Pancake Machine running all hours of the show.

Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details



• A brief timeline of the Sony Walkman, through history.

Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details



• A smartphone testing station—all the best, side by side, for your use and abuse and evaluation.

• The world's most expensive keyboard—hovering under the world's most disgusting Cheeto.




• A blank wall of Lego plates. And thirty thousand bricks you can attach to the wall.

• An original 1984 Apple Mac, signed by the entire Mac team (and currently owned by Jesus Diaz).

• A reader party on the 25th at 8pm with prizes.

• Guest-curated items by Adam Savage of the MythBusters, former nemesis and gdgt founder Ryan Block, Phil Torrone from Adafruit and Make Mag, and none other than the great Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design, who influenced the original Mac designs and Apple design language.

Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details



• One of a kind tech art projects from NYU's ITP program, including the messy and fantastic Mud PC.

Gizmodo Gallery 2009: The Details

• Secret new gadgets being seen for the first time at the Gallery.

• And much more.

• Did I mention free pancakes?

The tech world needs the anti Best Buy*. One as great as the Smithsonian or the Museum of Natural History. For now, we have our little Gizmodo Gallery and I want to invite you to come hang out with me and the Gizmodo NYC writers for a little while. It'll be a blast.

You can follow @gizgallery on Twitter to find out more about the crazy stuff we'll showing, early announcements and special events that are happening inside the Gallery.

(*There's nothing wrong with Best Buy, inherently. We're just doing something that is the opposite of it.)

There's no admission fee, but we will be collecting money for Doctors or Engineers Without Borders. Donations are optional but recommended.

Gallery Hours and Special Events Open to the Public:

Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25
12noon – 8pm
- Main Gallery
- Opening Day features Laser Etching ($25 a laptop, $5 a gadget)

Friday, September 25
8pm-10pm
- Public Party, with prizes

Saturday, September 26
11am – 8pm
- Main Gallery

Saturday, September 26
9pm - Live DJ set by Music Director Jason Bentley, KCRW, 100% independently funded radio station

Sunday, September 27
11am – 6pm
- Main Gallery

Location:
267 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

NEW YORK – On September 23rd, the Gizmodo Gallery is bringing the most impressive and fun tech in the world to Manhattan. The interactive museum will be filled with the coolest gadgets, handpicked from today and yesteryear, ranging from a one-of-a-kind model of the first Apple phone prototype and a man made lightning machines to a mind blowing gigantic Panasonic plasma TV to robots that can spit out 200 pancakes an hour.

This year's visitors will be able to get their hands on many interactive demos, including a guitar that uses lasers for strings, draw on a giant 3-D Etch-A-Sketch, use a computer made by mud, and take a bite from the world's largest Cheeto cheese snack. Some never before seen, secret gadgets are also set to be unveiled to the world at the Gallery.

Gizmodo's friends are bringing their toys, too. Adam Savage from Mythbusters, Phil Torrone from Make and Adafruit, Frog Design founder and original Macintosh designer Hartmut Esslinger and gdgt.com cofounder Ryan Block are set to be the Gizmodo Gallery's first guest curators, introducing their own rare and wonderful tech pieces to the public.

WHAT:
THE GIZMODO GALLERY presented by Gizmodo – a blog about gadgets and technology. Started in 2002, Gizmodo has grown to be Gawker Media's largest blog, bringing in upwards of 100 million page views a month in traffic with posts about a variety of electronics, as well as all sorts of things gadget geeks might enjoy. The Gallery is Gizmodo's best content from the year, come to life.

WHEN:
Media Only Preview:
September 22, 2009, 11am – 6pm

Open to the Public:
September 23 – 25, 12pm – 8pm
Public Party: Friday September 25th, 8pm
Laser Etching: Sept 23rd, $25 a laptop, $5 a gadget

September 26, 11am – 8pm
Live KCRW Show: DJ set by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, September 26th, 9pm

September 27, 11am – 6pm

WHERE: 267 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

To attend the media preview or for press inquiries, contact:

Charlie Dougiello Lois Najarian
The Door The Door
718.383.1708 718.383.1708
charlie@thedooronline.com lois@thedooronline.com

Read more about our Giz Gallery 09 here, follow @gizgallery on Twitter and see what else we'll be playing with at the event. And special thanks to Toyota's Prius — without their sponsorship, there would be no Gizmodo Gallery.