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December 2007 - Posts

  • Fri

    My robot life comes full circle

    27 years ago (or there abouts) as a young lad, I desperately saved to buy a Heathkit Hero Jr. Hero Jr was the little brother of the Hero 1 (which featured in an American TV serious and got me hooked on robotics). By the time I had enough money to phone Maplin and order a Hero Jr they had discontinued them :-(. This was a major blow to my robotic dreams. I managed a few lowly robots after this, religiously purchased the various early robot magazines but never managed to build a robot with all the...
  • Fri

    A1DW development - what should he do?

    One of the disappointments of being a competition or challenge organiser is that you can never take part in the competition you have created :-( Now we have a number of other robots in the I Love Robots competition (go vote!!) I have removed A1DW's profile from the database. I'm still working hard on integrating him into the Foster household. Most recently I have be working with some software built by fellow roboteer and 914 owner Chris Jones. In doing so I appear to have discovered some...
  • Fri

    Your Christmas technology? Come on... tell us!

    What technology will you be playing with over Christmas? A new computer, a new home theatre set up, or maybe a new robot? Or are you just happy to be at home playing on your existing kit? Now we have comments working :-) why don't you leave a note to say what technology fun you'll be having this Christmas?   For me, I still have loads to do with A1-DW (my robot), I'm wiring out my Sky box and moving entirely over to Freeview. I need to upgrade my Windows XP Media Centre to Windows...
  • Fri

    Comments galore!

    Finally getting time to tidy up the Wotudo installation. Latest correction is on anonymous comments - you can no leave a comment without having to be a signed in member. Which is just as well because I'm not allowing signed in members on the site yet as there are no forums - yet. Please do leave a comment :-)
  • Tue

    I LOVE ROBOTS - Win to build your own

    If you read this blog at all you'll know I enjoy building and dreaming of robots. So to co-inside with the Robots Supplement that is available this month we're running another competition - yes another one, that's three if you include the one in the robots supplement!!!! - where you can win MONEY to build your own robot. We will give you credit of between £500 and £250 to spend at nominated online robot retailers depending on which part of the I Love Robots competition you win. There...
  • Mon

    Winter Snaps competition!

    Hot on the tail of the Robot Supplement is another collaboration with Future Publishing! Together we are running the Winter Snaps competition - with some VERY cool prizes . All you have to do to enter is upload a picture that - for you - captures the spirit of the festive winter season and then get your friends and family to vote for it! You can upload up to five pictures but you can vote only once. While preparing your pictures for entry why not make use of Microsoft's Windows Live Photo Gallery...
  • Mon

    Robot Supplement!!

    One of my other endeavours during November has reached daylight. During the summer Ian Robson, of Future Publishing, and I cooked up the idea of a Robotics supplement for PC Plus. The accessibility of robotics to normal people has improved greatly over the last few years and with Microsoft Robotics Studio, building and programming your own robot just got a whole lot simpler. Together Ian and I designed, commissioned and wrote the content for this supplement which will be available from WH Smith and...
  • Mon

    Robot football - update

    As mentioned at the beginning of November I was developing a robot football match exhibit using two teams of two Lego NXT robots and a vision system based on Microsoft Robotics Studio. Things were pretty time pressured in November, with a deadline of my first exhibit being the 26th November. I was out of the country filming at Tech Ed Developers 2007 in Barcelona for the first part of Nov, and I hadn't resolved a camera solution for the robots by then either! My original intent was to use wireless...
  • Mon

    Make movies this Christmas

    Capture the fun and happiness this festive season on your video camera and use Windows MovieMaker to produce a professional quality film to share with friends and family. If you have Windows XP or Windows Vista on your PC you have Windows MovieMaker available to you. Windows MovieMaker allows you to import and edit video direct from your camcorder. Add transitions, narration and background music to make your movie special. Look at this You Tube Tutorial to see what is possible and visit the forums...
  • Fri

    FLL 2007 - Cambridge tournament

    I was able to attend the First Lego League 'Power Puzzle' challenge tournament at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford last weekend. Duxford, an old WWII fighter air base, has an enormous collection of commercial and military planes. The FLL tournament took place nestled amongst some of the exhibits in the recently built AirSpace hanger. The tournament was a great success with many of the top UK teams attending. With scores frequently over the 250 points mark it is a tough tournament to participate...
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