Technology on display at annual Tech Tonic expo at WWU

Folks attending the Tech Tonic technology expo on Friday, May 6, were treated to an array of products, demonstrations and lectures related to the future of technology and digital communication.

The event, sponsored by Western Washington University’s Student Technology Center and the Associated Students, took place under the theme "Digital Uprising." The event showcased current technology from Apple, Microsoft, HP and Adobe; student clubs, university departments and Bellingham organizations also were represented. Exhibits included were the American Museum of Radio and Electricity, the Bellingham Linux Users Group, and Western’s Human-Powered Submarine, among many others.

The speaker series covered topics from the very origins of computing to how technology has become a disruptive force having a daily impact on our privacy, security and democracy both here and in the developing democracies of Africa. Speakers included: Steve Harmon, director of Georgia State University’s Instructional Technology Center; Linc Nesheim, Clarus Fluid Intelligence operations support manager; and Babafemi Akinrinade, WWU’s Fairhaven College assistant professor of Human Rights. Keynoting the event is George Dyson, science historian and author of “Darwin Among the Machines” and “Project Orion.”

A student finishes a sketch on an Apple iPad at the company's booth during the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  t
A student passes time playing video games on his iPhone during the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  to Western fo
Photos from the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  to Western for a day of demos and product showcases. Photo by Da
A theremin, a musical instrument that produces a sound based on electricity emitted by the body, is shown by the American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham during the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. Photo by Da
An authentic, working phonograph from the early 1900s is shown by the American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham during the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. Photo by Daniel Berman | University Communications int
An informal poll is taken near the e-reader display during the  Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  to Western for a
A selection of e-readers on display during the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. Left to right are the Amazon Kindle, the Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple iPad. Photo by Daniel Berman | University Communications in
The Mighty Dwarf, a device that turns any surface into a speaker, is shown by the A.S. Bookstore during the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The Mighty Dwarf connects to a standard headphone jack and accepts a Micro SD card
Promotional buttons were given away by Microsoft at the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  to Western for a day of
Representatives from Western's Linux User Group sit near their booth at the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  to W
Promotional buttons were given away at the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  to Western for a day of demos and pro
Linux-related shirts and merchandise on display at the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  to Western for a day of d
Two students try out a boxing game for the Microsoft Kinect during the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such as Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP and Microsoft  to Wester
A Western Washington University student tries a tabletop computer display based on Microsoft's Windows Vista during the Techtonic 2011 Digital Uprising event Friday, May 6 in V.U. 565. The event brought national technology and electronics companies such a