Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Parallax Boe-Bot in The News Star

Monroe students, like this class at Wossman High School, are learning problem-solving skills with high-tech applications that will prepare them for high-paying jobs or college upon graduation. The curriculum was developed in partnership with CenturyLink and the Cyber Innovation Center. For the whole story, click here.


Parallax's adaptation of Google's Blockly, BlocklyProp, just keeps growing and improving. This graphical coding environment is powerful, amazingly flexible, and scales from the simple to advanced robotic applications seamlessly for the whole Parallax product line - including all their microcontroller and electronic's application tutorials. 

BlocklyProp can be used with Mac OS, Windows and Google Chrome. What's more, BlocklyProp generates Propeller C that can be accessed with Simple IDE - Parallax's open-source programming tool for Propeller C. Check it all out at The tutorials and help files are incredible.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Team UnLimbited

Meet the guys working out of a backyard shed to give free 3D printed prosthetics to kids around the world. Hat tip to George Takei for posting this on Facebook and to my wife for messaging it to me!

Paraskavedekatriaphobia vs. Phileoroboticaparallaxiana

Boo! Friday Cheer on a spooky Friday the 13th.

Why is Friday the 13th unlucky? Considering Friday the 13th as unlucky dates back for hundreds of years, with the tradition said to have begun in the Middle Ages or even Biblical times. Some say the superstition arose from Jesus’ last supper, where is it thought there were 13 people present on the night before his death – which occurred on a Friday.

Thanks to a string of events that have occurred on this day, many feel it is jinxed and pay particular care to avoid catastrophe when it comes around. The fear is so widespread – an estimate suggests an extraordinary 17-21 million Americans are afraid of the day – that psychologists have even come up with a word for those who suffer from it: paraskavedekatriaphobia. (
To counter the unluckiness of the day, I offer you all the following newly coined word - by me!



Phil or Phileo - to love - may also be used as a prefix with a similar meaning. The prefix is derived from the Ancient Greek word philia (φιλία), "love, affection". Philadelphia, for example, meaningT the city of "brotherly love" from Greek φιλεω (phileo) "to love" and αδελφος (adelphos) "brother".
(phil- - Wikipedia -

Robotica - the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots - with the "a" suffix means - things associated with.

Parallaxiana - Parallax with the "ian" suffix meaning related to Parallax, Inc. It is further intensified with an additional suffix "a" - things associated with Parallax, Inc.

Now to use our new word in a sentence. Whit suffers from phileoroboticaparallaxiana!  (meaning the love of all things robotic from Parallax, Inc.) 

I guess that makes me lucky!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Circuit Overlay Board from Parallax

Fantastic idea and product from Parallax. See it here and in the photos and video below.  Too inexpensive not to have a few spares around for quick use!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Driving via Remote Control

Driving Arlo with Sony Remote!
With BlocklyProp, driving with the Sony IR Remote is just as easy with Arlo as it is with the S3 or with an Activity Bot! Here is the BlocklyProp code link - This is based on the info in IR Remote Control Activity Bot with Blockly tutorial here -…/ir-remote-control-activitybot-b… and is similar to the S3 tutorial for the Sony Remote. Fun, impressive and simple!

The IR Receiver on the Propeller Activity Board WX
Here are some videos demonstrating remote-controlled robots - It is an old idea, but is still used today! Arlo with a Sony remote from a few feet away.... 

Soviet Lunar Rover - Lunokhod from about 238,900 miles...

Same idea - different distances!