Thursday, December 7, 2017

Women in Robotics!

Coco K was a presenter at the Downtown Los Angeles Mini Maker Faire along with my friend Eric Ostendorff (erco).  Eric mentioned her and her blog at the Parallax Forums in a steadily growing thread I began titled "Why Are Too Few Females in Robotics? Could It Be the Robots?" It was based on this article - Why Are Too Few Females in Robotics? Could It Be the Robots? - Robotics Business Review.

Coco K is a very creative and apparently very happy young roboticist building very happy robots! Check out her blog here.
With my friend Carol Lynn Hazlett, of the Seattle Robotics Society, and a contributing editor at SERVO Magazine, the pair demonstrate that female roboticists of all ages are active and doing great work! Carol is doing her part to inspire a new generation of male and female roboteers!
Visit the thread above to read about many more inspiring women in the field, and then do your part to encourage young women (and young men) to join in on the fun! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

One Creative Cat!

There is no end to my friend Eric Ostendorff's creativity and no match for his productivity! Eric is "erco" on the Parallax Forums and his YouTube channel is here. Eric spent 30 years with Mattel, designing Hot Wheels and other fun products, and is a robotic's enthusiast, collector, writer, and inventor. He won the very first Trinity College Robot Firefighting Contest (On Facebook here.)!

Eric is also a husband, father of twins, a serious cyclist, and all around good guy!  I am proud to count him as friend and mentor! Always an inspiration!

Light My Fire!

Friday Fun Hack made simple with BlocklyProp! 
In this example, a flickering LED (taken from a LED "candle") is attached to Pin 0 on the Parallax ActivityBot. What can you make? Add a Christmas Carol and I can have a parade...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

An Old Bot Learns a New Trick!

Boston Dynamic's Atlas Robot has learned a new trick. Watch the video below or read all about it at Wired by clicking here. This is an incredible achievement. It is only a matter of time before the robots of our dreams are a reality and the pace of the progress is increasing.

And yet, the last bit of the video is a reminder that this is really, really hard work!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Robby the Robot Sells for $5.3 Million

I heard this great story on NPR's All Things Considered today about the sale of Robby the Robot.

My pals over at the Parallax Forums heard it first and linked this great info....

Get the whole story here at New Atlas, by author Mike Hanlon. Here are some highlights...
It is a sign of the times that one of the earliest and best known robots in movie history should move to the top of the list of the most expensive movie props ever sold. Now that robots have progressed from science fiction to reality, it isn't all that surprising that Robby the Robot's price has surpassed all but one of the most iconic movie props in history.
The complete Robby suit, control panel, his jeep, numerous spares, alternate original "claw" hands, and the original wooden stage shipping crates, were sold on November 21, 2017, by Bonhams in New York for US$5,375,000 including buyers premium. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

erco, Does it Again!

My pay Eric, aka erco,  does it again... Making something cool out of nothing - This time responding to Carol's Christmas Challenge.