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June 2008 - Posts

  • Sat

    Mashed 08: Wotudo Blimp

    It start out as a simple bit of fun but with the help of old and new friends at Mashed 08 it turned into a real 'mashed activity! It first flew with simple Wotudo.net branding (my other blog) - I wasn't sure if the vinyl lettering (from Signprint.co.uk would be to heavy,but it worked perfectly thanks Steve and Melissa! Then with the addition of a wireless camera and my spare blimp balloon - to balance buoyancy - it flew again transmitting to the main screen as if journeyed around the venue...
  • Sat

    Mashed08 star log Day 1 13:00

    Done my session  - good audience size, seemed to be good interest. There are at least a couple of robot applications happening :-) Here are my demo resources that I showed: ZipFile Nao doing the Haka was well received as the Twitter Blimp :-)
  • Fri

    Paper art droids!

    I am a committed geek. And on top of that (or is it a mandatory element?) a robotics hobbyist and Star Wars fan. So guess how excited I am to find this little blog post at Geek Dad! Yes you can make paper models of your favourite droids or other Star Wars craft. All you need is paper, glue, tape and scissors. Needless to say, I shall be looking to bring some of these raw materials to the BBC Backstage MASHED event because I know there'll be link minded people attending. Excuse me I have an Astromech...
  • Fri

    Get kids programming with Wowwee bots!

    Getting children into science and technology is one of the big challenges facing UK education today. Getting kids into programming is even harder. Or it used to be. Yesterday I met up with Jane Braybrook and Peter Kibble of Q4 Technologies. Jane (a Teacher) and Peter (a .net developer) have built an Integrated Development Environment(IDE) for children , called Go-Robo, which allows them to use their Windows PC to program the Wowwee range of robots! The IDE comes in three flavours targeting the different...
  • Thu

    Microsoft Surface at the Rio, LA

    Well, what can I say; watch the video :-) Video: Microsoft Surface at the Rio in Las Vegas IMHO:I'm sure this technology has a lot more to offer than this...
  • Fri

    Coding4fun: House, Robot

    Charles Stacy Harris III (the third!) has a new post on Coding4fun. He has implemented some home automation services using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio. I don't think the hardware he has is available in the UK, but his short article does show a little of what is possible. Remember not all robots have wheels! Read more>>>
  • Fri

    Dream-Build-Play 2008

    Today the XNA Team has launched Dream-Build-Play 2008 . In Dream-Build-Play 2008 you can build your dream game to compete with other game developers around the world.  This year’s contest will feature Xbox360 development only and to ensure that everyone has access we will be giving away one free 12-Month XNA Creators Club Trial membership to everyone that registers.  Contestants will compete for $75,000 in prizes and the bragging rights to say their game was the best.  Additionally...
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