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20 Apr 2014 Flanneltron   » (Journeyer)

On That Which is Called “Memory”

Information itself is a foundational concept for cognitive science theories. But the very definition of information can also cause issues, especially when the term is used to describe the brain “encoding” information from the senses without any regard for types of information and levels of abstraction. Some philosophers are concerned with information that has meaning […]

Syndicated 2014-04-20 01:32:58 from SynapticNulship

19 Apr 2014 mwaibel   » (Master)

Robots: Schunk Manipulators

In this episode Per Sjoborg speaks with Henrik Schunk about his company’s work in gripping technology, modular robotics and dexterous manipulation. They then look at service robotics, which was the subject of this year’s SCHUNK Expert Days in Hausen, Germany. Henrik A. Schunk After his studies at the Technical Universities in Kaiserslautern and Dresden, Henrik […]

Syndicated 2014-04-19 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

17 Apr 2014 shimniok   » (Journeyer)

Sparkfun AVC 2014 Course Preview

Sparkfun posted the 2014 AVC Course Preview today. Two changes. For ground, Micro/PBR classses can follow a line. For air, 36" red balloons are added. Pop them for a bonus (an OpenMV cam might be handy here -- we're planning to build a small batch of prototypes soon).


Syndicated 2014-04-17 18:36:00 (Updated 2014-04-17 18:36:36) from Michael Shimniok

8 Apr 2014 Petar.Kormushev   » (Master)

Contest for John Atanasoff award in 2014

Sorry, this entry is only available in Български.

Syndicated 2014-04-08 11:19:02 from Petar Kormushev

6 Apr 2014 steve   » (Master)

Road Trip to the Future

Ed Emshmiller cover art from the 1962 edition of Mario Zimmer Bradley’s “The Planet Savers”

Susan and I make the drive to work together at least three days a week. Lately we’ve been listening to audio books for fun. We started out with the 1973 BBC radio dramatization of Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. It’s available at no-cost (not free as in free-speech, however, it’s still under a proprietary license). The audio has not held up well and we found some parts of it wholly unintelligible. Fortunately, having read it a few times, I knew it so well I could fill in the missing bits for Susan from memory.

From there we moved on to a more modern audio book, Graphic Audio’s full scale dramatization of Texas author Elizabeth Moon’s series, Vatta’s War. It’s a series of five books with a total audio running time of 57 hours, so it kept us entertained for a quite a while. The series is hard science fiction and all the more enjoyable because Elizabeth Moon has a military background and has put a good deal of thought into the strategies which might evolve when managing large space battles with the limits of light speed communications. How, for example, do you deal with multi-minute light lag that would affect not only communications but sensor data? Once a space battle is started, how do you keep track of the expanding spheres of debris that create navigational hazards as dangerous as enemy weapons?

Also, bonus points for being the first science fiction book I can recall with mention of a Shiner Bock beer. The audio quality of the Graphic Audio production was excellent and it’s a complex production with multiple actors voicing the characters as well as sound effects and music. I highly recommend either the audiobook or printed versions of the Vatta’s War series.

Our most recent audio book is a LibriVox production of The Planet Savers, Marrion Zimmer Bradley’s first Darkover novel, which seems to have passed into the public domain already despite being published in 1958. This audio book is truly free (both as in “free beer” and as in “free speech”). It’s a reasonably high quality production but more primitive than the Graphic Audio productions. It’s just a simple recording of someone reading the book.

If anyone else has an audio book recommendation, comments are welcome.

Syndicated 2014-04-06 22:08:10 from Steevithak of the Internet

2 Mar 2014 wedesoft   » (Master)

OOP with GNU Guile and GOOPS

Why I like Object Oriented Programming using GNU Guile and GOOPS

Syndicated 2014-03-02 00:00:00 from Jan Wedekind

1 Dec 2013 AI4U   » (Observer)

Artificial Intelligence in German (Amazon Kindle e-book)

If your humanoid robot needs an AI Mind to think in English or German, a new Amazon Kindle e-book goes into great detail about robotic thought processes.



This e-book in English about AI in German (and English and Russian) contains the entire AI source code in Forth, which causes most of the editorial portion of the e-book (18 of 20 chapters) to be readable without charge in the free preview.


13 Nov 2013 jlin   » (Master)



In April of this year, I left my job doing machine learning work at Scribd, to join a new startup building robotic toys to teach young kids how to program. We call ourselves Play-i (supposed to be a play on "AI", but unfortunately most people seem to miss the connection). While we had been very public about what the goal would be, we were very hush-hush about the actual product. In all honesty, partially it was because we changed it so many times. We probably went through four completely different complete product ideas before arriving at the one today. Then we worked many long nights to quickly get the prototypes done. And now our robots, Bo & Yana are finally public in the form of a crowdfunding campaign. You can SEE THE ROBOTS HERE.

Our original idea was to actually create a robot where you can build the robot AND program it. But while testing with kids in our target age range, 5-8, we quickly figured out that we needed a fully-functional robot. We will have our own language for kids to program the robots, in addition to being compatible with Scratch, Blockly, and Objective C. There will be an open developer's API as well, which you can gain early access to by pledging at the level of the developer's pack.

We tested Bo & Yana with kids as young as 2 and as old as 17. The younger kids definitely gravitated towards "Yana", the smaller robot, who can detect gestures you make with it. Older kids enjoy the mobility of "Bo", short for 'robot'. Both genders enjoyed playing with the robots. Each robot works as a standalone toy, but they also can detect each other through IR beacons, for more interactive play.

After much demand, we are adding an additional accessories pack to allow connections from Lego Technic and Mindstorm pieces along with other standard 10mm ball attachment toys.

We have a contract manufacturer lined up to create the robots. While we originally prototyped with Arduino, the boards in the final prototypes seen in the video are indeed custom boards that we plan to use in the mass-produced version. We think our estimated BOM is pretty close. But there's still a lot of work to do, particularly with finalizing the firmware and the software. Our campaign is looking pretty good and we've already met our goal, so we are definitely hiring if you are interested in joining the team.

Finally, please feel free to email me personally if you have any questions about the robots. I know that the website doesn't provide very good information, particularly for those who actually know something about robotics.

Thanks everyone for all your support.

23 Jun 2013 Mubot   » (Master)

The Multiplexer!













I've made some fantastic headway with figuring out the code for using a multiplexer with my arduino. SparkFun sells this killer breakout board that lets you have 16 inputs reading on a single arduino input!
check it out!


I'll be using this in a few upcoming project for the Orlando Maker Faire . So stay tuned for project updates and mux code samples!

Syndicated 2013-06-23 07:09:00 (Updated 2013-06-23 07:16:30) from The Learned Nerd

13 May 2013 JLaplace   » (Observer)

HumaRobotics and TheCorpora to collaborate on Q.bo

Q.bo robot

HumaRobotics and TheCorpora announce the signing of an agreement to collaborate on the software of Q.bo, the famous open-source robot based on ROS created by TheCorpora.

Starting in April 2013, TheCorpora and Generation Robots reinforce their current collaboration aiming to have new software features developed for the Q.bo robot and more capabilities given to its growing user base.


Q.bo is an advanced mobile robot used by academics and corporate researchers for the development of Artificial Intelligence and human-robot interactions.

Read the full article.

21 Apr 2013 Pi Robot   » (Master)

Fuerte and Groovy versions of ROS By Example now Available

Both PDF and paperback versions are available on Lulu.com:

Fuerte: PDF / Paperback

Groovy: PDF / Paperback

12 Apr 2013 Pontifier   » (Apprentice)

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!

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