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Hey, wow... this site still rocks, Been away for a few years though.

Here's a video of a robot I made a while ago:
Pumpkin Crusher

Hope you like it!

I'm back in school, taking a couple of robotics classes at the University of Utah. I'm doing some research on SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) for a presentation I have to give.
I've been fascinated with robot perception for a long time.

Still working on the DARPA challenge... 3rd time's the charm I guess. This time I am working with the university team.

Here are some links to a video of a robot arm I made a few years ago:

I enered the DARPA challenge again. This time I actually converted a pickup truck to steer to waypoints, but I neglected to include the work I had done on my vision system in the video I had to submit, and I didn't advance to the next round.

I'm starting again, and I feel as though this time I am going to go about this thing with a more able strategy.

I wrote up a history of my work in this field, and it is at

7 Apr 2003 (updated 7 Apr 2003 at 13:32 UTC) »

It is up as solution to spam. I have done tons of research, found some places where the idea could have come from with a little more nurturing, but there it is... for the world to see, at my website. and you heard it here first.

the first page is the implimentation, and most of the interesting stuff is down deeper.

I have decided that I will open pandoras box. on monday I will announce this new idea to very outlet I can find.

I see before me an opportunity to change the world.

I hope I'm not insane, because if i'm not, spam will die forever!

it is too good to go public with... i had it up for about 5 minutes, i hope nobody saw it.

5 Apr 2003 (updated 5 Apr 2003 at 21:47 UTC) »

I was just reading some discussions on slashdot, and i think i came up with the perfect solution to spam! I will work out the details shortly, but i think i've got the solution, and it should work for the next 10 years at least. (because all systems can be deceived eventually)

I sent in an application for the darpa grand challenge. I seem to work best when I have a deadline. i'm going to make lots of deadlines for myself. I removed my whole website and replaced it with a progress report. I have thought a lot about what i want to do, and my previous projects have prepared me a little for the complexities of the task, but i think i might be in over my head. I wrote a whole list of things i want to take into account, then i spent 3 hours fleshing out an overall control flowchart. it might work, but then again the nitty gritty has a way of tripping me up. we'll see

I was thinking about an ai program i want to write, and I realised that every single person on this planet that can write is a cyborg. part of your mind has become fixed to something outside you. I then extrapolated this to programming... programmers design systems to make desisions automatically. the programmer/program group is a kind of symbiotic inteligence. without the program the programmer is less... and tasks must be done manually. Without the programmer, the program doesn't exits at all.

My webserver is a part of me. it is like a mouth through which I can speak.

My webpages and notebooks are a part of me. they are like my memorys that i want to think about.

My robots are a part of me. they are like limbs i can use to work.

I would not be complete without the things I make, and should i loose them, they will live in me.

I love technology.

I have set up an ftp server in my house! I can host my own files now! A link on my website points to a folder with a video of the robot arm I built! more videos to come as this is just a start. unfortunately the file is in WMV format, but i'll try to use mpegs instead. I also set up an apache server and am testing it out.

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