Out and About: Otronicon Brought Tech Fun to Orlando Science Center This Weekend

This weekend was the return of Otronicon, an annual digital media, gaming, and tech festival at the Orlando Science Center, and as usual, it was a lot of fun.

Otronicon Brought Tech Fun to Orlando Science Center

I started at the first floor and worked my way up to the fourth, and it took several hours to see and enjoy everything.

Gaming was exhibited on several floors, from classic arcade consoles to the latest flight simulators, and everything in between. And they were all busy all the time.

Indie gaming at Otronicon at the Orlando Science Center

Medical Sim City was an interesting learning experience, as it exhibited the simulation tech that is being used to train, as well as operate on people. You even got to operate the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which is used in robotic-assisted surgeries. It was similar to the one used in my cancer surger in 2014, so I was intrigued by actually getting to try it out for myself.

Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, The Walt Disney Company, and NASA/Kennedy Space Center were among the many companies exhibiting the latest tech for guests to try, as well as providing cool photo ops.

Many smaller gaming companies were on hand with samples to try of their wares.

Guests could even try out a few robots provided by the First Lego League, which has some robot competitions coming up in Orlando.

Florida Anime was in the house talking about their upcoming event, next to a giant Pokeman ball.

The Orlando Public Library also had a display up of some of the tech available for use at the Melrose Center. With some green screen sleight-of-hand, I got to sit on the iconic Game of Thrones.

Me on the Game of Thrones Iron Throne courtesy of Melrose Center at Otronicon

I also took in an afternoon show of ArcAttack that combines their love of electricity and magnetism with music. The best part of the show was when one of the guys was playing guitar in a chain-mail metal suit between two Tesla Coils which were bouncing bolts of electricity at him and the guitar.

ArcAttack at Otronicon at the Orlando Science Center

Since it was a holiday weekend, the Orlando Science Center was full of kids enjoying all the exhibits as much as the adults. In fact there were some things I couldn’t even check out because there were so many kids playing the games. There was an adults-only night Friday and Saturday, but I couldn’t stay long enough on the day I went.

Next year when Otronicon comes around again, I highly recommend you find time to attend, and bring your friends and family. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it, too.

[Disclaimer: I was invited to cover Otronicon for purposes of this review. As always, my opinions were honest, and my own.]

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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