Halloween was my favorite holiday as a child, not because of the candy but because I loved making costumes, from articulated lizard masks to three headed monster costumes where the other two heads tracked my own. I usually started in July. Reality has interfered since college though so I haven’t done nearly as much as I wished. This year, however, my wonderful wife managed to whip up some awesome Alice in Wonderland costumes for the whole family.
I finally got around to setting up the plumbing to save all the motion activated snapshots from my security camera to my server and once a day encode the individual JPGs in to a Theora video.
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Everyone has known that Rodney Brooks new company, Rethink Robotics was going to come out with something big and they have not disappointed. Baxter is a compliant two armed robot that runs ROS, comes with an application stack that allows a non-programmer teach it to perform repetitive tasks and somehow only costs $22k! Recently I’ve been working with some amazing makers on creating a new, robotics focused, hackerspace. The more I look at Baxter, the more I think it’s perfect for a robotics hackerspace. Continue reading Rethink Robotics Baxter
This is a test! And also information. Since converting my website to run on wordpress, I have been playing around with various integration mechanisms, github twitter and google+. Twitter seems to work well enough for automatically tweeting when I post something. And it is possible to have google+ posts appear on my wordpress site but not the other way around which is a bit disappointing.
I am overhauling my website to run on WordPress and now that I’ve gotten over the initial learning curve, it looks like it really will make it easier for me to update more frequently. Look for more content trickling in.