Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Like a Hog on Ice!

In response to a post on the Parallax Forums today I did a bit of Googling and found this great video - though the inviewer reminds me a bit of the old Bob and Ray "Komodo Dragon" interview! ;-)  - I was familiar with the concept of these wheels and have posted about this before.

The post was about Ilon Wheels - designed by Sweedish inventor Bengt Ilon in 1973. Omni-wheels, Mecanum Wheels and Ilon Wheels are derivative of the same idea!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Blockly and S3 Robot Google Hangout

Just registered for Parallax's Blockly and S3 Robot Google Hangout hosted by Ken Gracey. More info is here. Should be lots of fun!

Sensor Box from Parallax

So jealous that my friend Edwin, got one of these before I did. This is cool idea. Check it out here. Great price too!

Parallax S3 in the Classroom

This is what it is all about. My good friend, Ken Gracey, the President of Parallax, Inc., sent me an email saying,
"Well, today another class got started with the S3s. This particular teacher has been using the S2s for four years already. She begged her administrators to get a full elective course in robotics and they gave it to her this year. It consists of S3s, soldering activities, and some show-and-tell from the high school kid's engineering program next door (the middle and high school are attached)."
Look at all those happy faces! That's Ken on a knee in the glasses (lower left). Hard to say who's having more fun. ;-)

Theo and E.O.

Something shared by my friend Eric Ostendorff, aka erco on the Parallax Forums - Eric says,
"A fun evening at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Dutch artist/inventor Theo Jansen gave a talk at JPL about his famous Strandbeest walkers. I showed him the Strandbeest-style "TheoBot" I made and he controlled it with hand gestures. A DIY article I wrote about this robot was published in SERVO magazine. I gave him a copy and he autographed a copy for me."

Neat. Jealous on many levels - a night at JPL, a night with Theo Jansen and designing a cool robot and showing it off to a hero! Way to go erco!

And lastly erco's TheoBot...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Parallax S3 Scribbles Fibonacci Spiral

Great work from my friend Nikos Giannakopoulos using some very clever code made with BlocklyProp. The possibilities for using the S3 to teach mathematical concepts are endless!