15 August 2007 - Posts

  • Wed

    MOD challenges

    Having seen the broad news coverage of the DARPA Grand Challenge I was keen to see if the UK or Europe was running similar things. I soon discovered a number of interesting robotic challenges organised by the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD). The most recent challenge just completed this July, was SAUC-E - Student Autonomous Underwater Challenge Europe. Teams had to build a submersible robot to complete a number of tasks autonomously. Once the robots were under water there was no communicating with them...
  • Wed

    Virtual Earth to track swimmers

    A team of Microsoft employees from Reading, UK will be undertaking a cross channel swim in mid-September to raise money for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust . The 6 person team will swim in relay, each member swimming for one hour, to cover the 18.2 nautical miles in hopefully 14 hours. We are looking to see if the software I assembled to track my sponsored walk earlier this year can be used to track the swimmers from the safety boat. Does anyone know how far out cellular coverage...
  • Wed

    DARPA Grand Challenge

    A quick cross post to highlight to you all the DARPA Grand Challenge. This time around the autonomous vehicle developers must provide a vehicle that can drive safely in the urban environment - filtering in with traffic flow, working correctly at junctions, overtaking and avoiding obsticles! It all sounds to amazing to be true but do you know the best bit? Microsoft Robotics Studio is being used by one entrant to program their vehicle. See the details on my robot blog here . Technorati tags: A1-DW...
  • Wed

    Did you see the Perseids meteor shower?

    One day after the new moon, the Perseids meteor shower provided a splendid display of shooting stars. Unfortunately cloud obscured our view for a short time, but we were still able to see plenty. You did have to look straight up which was uncomfortable unless you had a sun lounger to lay back on. None of my photographic equipment was sensitive enough to capture the shower; I completely failing to override my EOS 400D automatic settings to do a suitable timed display - time to RTFM, but not on the...
  • Wed

    PAVE on MSRS makes DARPA Grand Challenge

    Are you watching the DARPA Grand Challenge progress ? If not you should be. This is the cutting edge of autonomous vehicle development. There are plenty of exotic tools and technologies coming into play - although more off the shelf parts are now available compared to the first 2004 Grand Challenge when teams had to fabricate so much more. The DARPA Grand Challenge has been getting tougher and tougher each year. In 2004 it was completing a 142 mile desert course, 2005, a 132 mile desert course in...
  • Wed

    Edible robots?

    Thanks to my colleague Barbora for pointing this out to me. Robots made from different foods starting with cucumber... Read more here
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