Due to heavy rain, the Robo Magellan portion of the event was canceled. However during a break in the weather a couple of robots went out and played. The only robot to successfully navigate was by David H, touching the goal cone on its own on his 2nd try, and both cones with a little assistance […]
As I started thinking about waypoints, I realized just how confusing it could be. Take a GPS coordinate, convert to UTM, map that to a google maps image that has a scale based on latitude and target image DPI. Translate all this to local coordinates your robot can understand. This WPF app allows you to […]
Better than some of the ‘robots’ I have seen lately, I think they are completely missing the IoT hype angle; Speaking of free, did a new Word-press exploit come out lately? It is really time to move on to something else;
I am going to go out on a limb here. In a way I hope someone proves me completely wrong. I recently became (re) aware of Buddy the robot. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/buddy-your-family-s-companion-robot#/story Watch the demo video. I do not see one thing in that video that could not be accomplished today, using commodity hardware/software like a tablet […]
https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=89567 for 4 years Google Chrome has been unable to download a file bigger then 2 gig. Please remember that next time someone tells you how open source gets patched the quickest.
Thanks to some encouragement and info from my friend, P Tiago Pereira, I ran the ROS2 demo on Windows; I have to admit, this is encouraging to me. It means someone has taken the time to make sure it works with windows, a trend I truly support. I will also admit I tried to build […]
Helpful hint to hackers; It is a combination of upper and lower case characters, digits and 1 or more special symbols. The simple mikep12345678 guesses you or your lame software is making is not going to get through! Im guessing it is lame software, since some of the same guesses are coming from multiple IPs at […]
This appears to be a material failure; notice the empty bubble in the middle of the tooth. So these things happen occasionally. I have at least 2 bad out of 12 servos, 17% failure. That is not occasionally. Do your homework.
Someone has to tell the truth™ I was going to do in-depth reviews of some things I’ve been working on lately, but screw that. I do not have time and I have other important things I want to get done. So here is a fast furious and brutal summary; Sphero – fantastic. Works out […]
Worm So I finished up the worm. It is really kind of cool. If you just let it roam around, it runs into things and turns at random, kind of as you would expect. But if I hand hold it, and point it in different directions, you get a feeling of ‘life’. It responds […]