Saturday, July 8, 2017

BlocklyProp Continues to Amaze!

This Parallax ActivityBot is controlled by sms, and it's coded with BlocklyProp. Thanks to Michel Lampo for posting this on Blockly for Microcontrollers Facebook page. The power, ease, and flexibility of BlocklyProp continues to expand and amaze.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Where's Wall-E Poster

This is so cool! Hat tip to erco again - Parallax Forums here and to the post here on Reg's Microcosm

You can buy the poster on Etsy directly from the artist,  Richard Sargent - Thanks, Gordon! Same Parallax Forum link.

< Look here!
A key to all the robots, along with version 2, follows the jump...

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Things Are Always Hopping at U.C. Berkeley! - Check Out the Jumping Robot

IEEE Spectrum has a great article by Evan Ackerman about the Salto-1P, a bouncing robot.  You can read the whole article about Salto-1P here, but this video explains more than words ever can. Hat tip to Eric (aka erco) for posting this on the Parallax Forums.

One of the coolest and most frustrating thing about all of this is that this was developed at UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab (there is all sorts of stuff posted here! See also Biomimetic Millisystem Lab Youtube channel,  Expo21 linkUCB Robotics on Facebook).

Long before I was experimenting with robotics, I went to seminary at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley - I could have walked there!

I also could have driven to Rocklin, California (Home of Parallax) in an hour and a half. Ugh!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Two Fourths!

One more for the 4th from my pay, Eric (aka Mr. Roboto at Servo Magazine and erco on the Parallax Forums). Eric says, "Flag-waving Parallax Boebot with RoboVoice chip sings 'America' to Lindsey on the Fourth of July. Lindsey's final words: 'That was cool!'"

I agree. Happy Fourth of July for the second time!

Happy Fourth of July from RUS

For all my friends at Parallax, and on the Parallax Forums, and on the Parallax Facebook Page and at Blockly for Microcontrollers at Facebook and followers of my blog.

"The Star Spangled Sticker"
being a Fourth of July Tribute to Parallax

Oh, say can you see by the bright pixel light
What so proudly we wired from the website we’re streaming?
Whose great Bots and ELEV-8 in a perilous flight,
O'er the Forums we watched where the ed staff was STEAM-ing?
And the diodes' red glare, the sensors testing the air,
Give proof every night that team Gracey is there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled sticker yet wave
O'er the band of great geeks with the products we crave?

Dear Team Parallax, and Forum Heros, and Parallax Facebook friends and RUS readers,

Thank you all for everything you do! Have a great weekend, get some rest - I'll be playing with great stuff you all have made, using ideas shared here by faithful Forum members, Facebook friends, blog readers, and Parallax team members,  - ALL holiday weekend long! Learning new things and having more fun than you can imagine.

With my sincere appreciation!

Whit+ @ Robotics Under the Stole & Red Sea Robotics

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Art with BlocklyProp

Having fun testing the tutorials for the S3 using BlocklyProp- this the last example in the "Try This" section of Turning Shapes into Art from the Simple Motion with Motors Blocks. Give it a try! Here is the link to the code at Parallax's BlocklyProp page - Turning Shapes into Art.

Note: This photo is using an SRX Dry-Erase marker (same size as a Sharpie) on a white board.

Building on this fun - my buddy, Carol Lynn Hazlett, scribbled the same design with light using a time-lapsed photo. More on this idea is here.

Now a photo of the simple code that makes this design... BlocklyProp is SO MUCH fun!

Robotics Around the World

Nikos is fourth in from the left - shown with his students.
My friend and robotics educator, Nikos Giannakopoulos, posted these interesting photos on Facebook. 

Nikos says these are, "Some highlights from our program report on the first day of the student cultural festival in Skayiopoúlio Patras."

Nikos also notes in this reply to my comment, that he and his students were depicting cultural monuments using robots. Their first theme was the St Andrew's Cathedral of Patras Read about it here -,_Patras. San Andreas (Andrew) is the protector of Patras, was tortured and died there.