Archive for category: Ramblings

  • TechWeek Competition Entry

    TechWeek Competition Entry

    Ramblings May 17, 2013 15:34 no comments

    I was approached last week by TechWeek to take part in a competition to design an office device. My device is a fairly simple one, maybe not to make, but certainly to use. What is it? It’s the iPIckU, a RaspberryPi based device to help you pick a volunteer for […]

     
  • Studl.es releases all instructions for free

    Ramblings May 11, 2013 07:25 no comments

    Pepijn de Vos, who runs Studle.es, has made all of his building instructions available to everyone for free.  His reason?  Simple: …I concluded that I feel better about sharing them with as many people as possible than sharing them with a handful and making a few bucks. Despite all the […]

     
  • Cool Kickstarter: Dexter Industries BrickPi

    Cool Kickstarter: Dexter Industries BrickPi

    Ramblings May 8, 2013 11:01 1 comment

    Dexter Industries have launched a Kickstarter project for the BrickPi!  Become a backer and get one of these super cool shields for your Raspberry Pi.  I wrote about the BrickPi not that long ago and I think this a really awesome addition to the Raspberry Pi ecosphere! As of writing […]

     
  • Dexter Industries BrickPi

    Dexter Industries BrickPi

    Ramblings April 29, 2013 08:02 2 comments

    The BrickPi is Dexter Industries latest project.  It’s an interface board, or shield, for the super popular Raspberry Pi, a cheap ($25) and small but very powerful processor board that runs Linux.  The BrickPi allows you to easily interface your NXT motors and sensors with the RasPi, without having to […]

     
  • XPrize After Earth Challenge

    XPrize After Earth Challenge

    Ramblings April 26, 2013 05:56 no comments

    There is an exciting new challenge for kids between the ages of 13 and 17.  How can you enter? First you must create a 2 minute video, explaining how you would tackle two global issues that affect Planet Earth.  You also have to outline a plan of how you would […]

     
  • Robotics Academy Summer of Learning

    Robotics Academy Summer of Learning

    Ramblings April 20, 2013 14:31 no comments

    The summer of 2013 is gearing up to be more than just a time for chilling by the pool! The 2013 Summer of Learning is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy and uses their Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) Project to host all training plus resources provided by The Robotics […]

     
  • New Toys – Wheelphone and Seeedstudio DSO Quad

    New Toys – Wheelphone and Seeedstudio DSO Quad

    Ramblings April 11, 2013 21:03 2 comments

    Today, my friends from DHL brought me some new toys!  Thanks to Yassine from Generation Robots for sending me these to play with: A pre-production model of the Wheelphone robot – a robot frame that can be connected to either an iPhone or an Android phone A Seeedstudio DSO Quad, […]

     
  • News from Dexter Industries

    News from Dexter Industries

    Ramblings April 5, 2013 06:40 no comments

    Some exciting things are happening with Dexter Industries.  Earlier this week they announced they’re working on a couple of mystery products.  Here they are, as they appear on the DI website. Mystery Project #1 This appears to be a Raspberry Pi with a custom shield on top of it that […]

     
  • ROBOTC Driver Suite is FTC Legal

    ROBOTC Driver Suite is FTC Legal

    Ramblings March 13, 2013 21:04 4 comments

    For about two weeks there was  a bit of a scare, while the FIRST folks were deciding whether or not my Driver Suite was actually legal to use in the FTC.  It had been used for years prior to someone actually asking the question.  Their initial reaction was “no”, but […]

     
  • The squeaky wheel gets the…certification.

    The squeaky wheel gets the…certification.

    Ramblings March 6, 2013 20:43 7 comments

    I was incensed when I read that a student by the name of Landon Woollard from Shasta High School in Redding, CA was the first student to get his ROBOTC certification.  First of all, I had no idea this certification even existed,l nobody told me! Imagine that.  Now, second of […]