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  • Robotic Xbox 360 wired controller fun

    I'm playing with my robots again. This time I want voice control. I discovered that my Bluetooth headset doesn't deliver the quality required by the Windows Vista Speech Recognition function, so I was looking for another headset to use. I can already drive my robots around using a wired Xbox...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 03-03-2008
  • Home brew PVR

    Recently I had the opportunity to write an article for a UK magazine on building a simple PVR using Windows XP Embedded. Nothing hugely special there until I tell you I was running the whole system off a USB memory stick! Yes that's right, the XPe OS image and the PVR storage. Thanks to two very...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 03-03-2008
  • Kit envy - PICO-ITX

    My colleague in OZ, Mr Nick Hodge , has got hold of the new PICO-ITX bundle by ARTiGO. This builder kit is just superb. Giving you a full X86 PC in a 1.8 x 5.9 x5.3in box. Complete with 2.5in IDE Hard drive, 4x USB, VGA output,10/100 Ethernet and audio I/O it is apparently the smallest X86 PC in production...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 01-31-2008
  • Building robot telephone solutions

    In between filming interviews and making other films I managed to get some time coding with BT's Web 21st Century SDK . This allows devs to do some interesting phone stuff very easily. From SMS messaging, placing voice calls to conference calls and even IVR applications, the Web21CSDK provides some...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 11-08-2007
  • Prepare for the DARPA UC

    DARPA's Urban Challenge is underway with the vehicles currently being evaluated before the final 20 are announced on the 1st Nov. Unfortunately the Princeton Uni entry - PAVE - has been plagued with problems with them just getting the car ready for the E-Stop test, and then being disabled only 100ft...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 10-31-2007
  • 'Are we nearly there yet?'

    Well on Zune things - yes we nearly are! You will have seen the recent announcements regarding new Zune models and the expectation - See Mr Clayton's blog - that they will be coming to the UK soon'ish. Also good news that the original Zune will also receive a firmware upgrade so that it can play...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 10-12-2007
  • UMPCs in education

    A Scottish school on the small island of Islay is the first in Europe to become totally digital by equipping all 245 pupils with a UMPC. Having the computer has changed the way lessons are taught and, although the initial cost was over £150k, longer term benefits are being seen; pupils are so inspired...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 10-10-2007
  • Mobile kit complete

    With my OQO Model e2, iGo Ultra Slim Bluetooth keyboard, pocket Microsoft mouse, Rhino Skin pouch, Orange E650 and a tablet PC stylus from an HP 1100 I feel totally ready for life on the road. Ok so I'm lacking 3G connectivity right now but that isn't that far away... All my recent purchases...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 10-09-2007
  • My photo kit

    After a couple of decades wandering the world with no more than a compact camera - given I was digital asap - I have now re-discovered the delights of using a 'proper' SLR. I have a Canon EOS 400D, with the 18-55 standard lens and a 75-300 USM 3 which I recently picked up. The 400D is doing a...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 10-09-2007
  • How Robotics Studio is being used

    It seems an age already but only last month I was working in Redmond for a week. During this time I got to catch up with former UK colleague Mike Hall now high on the lofty career ladder as Software Archiect for Windows Embedded. Mike showed me a blog post of his I had missed and, well, I've just...
    Posted to wotudo (Weblog) by paulfo on 10-09-2007
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