Be The Robot

One of the issues with computer science is that some people would rather move atoms than pixels. That is to say that virtual objects, even if they involve images on a screen, are less compelling to some than physical objects doing actual work in the real world. Robots have long been involved in the connection…

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Robotics @ Home Competition

The Microsoft Robotics team has released a new software stack for controlling robots  – RDS4 Beta. There are a couple of very exciting new additions in this beta: Uses Kinect for the eyes A new reference design for consumer robots – write code once, run it on any robot. You can see a lot more…

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Time To Cut The Cake

I ran across a couple of cool Lego links yesterday. One of was this link to Robots for Everyone: Getting Kids Interested in Programming with Legos which talks about how educators are using Lego Mindstorms and other kits to get students interested in STEM fields and especially programming. Lego is a pretty cool set of…


FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum (WIST) – November 5, 2010

FIRST, the people who bring us a whole range of robotics competitions and more, are once again hosting their annual FIRST Women in Science & Technology Forum. The people I have talked to who have attended or brought/sent young women have all raved about it. If you know high school girls who are in the…


Interesting Links 13 September 2010

Lots of good links this week. And if you are visiting via the web I wrote a rare week-end post on Object Oriented Programming.Design that I hope you’ll take a look at. Also most of these links were sent out first on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter at @AlfredTwo. The speaker presentations from…


Interesting Links 9 August 2010

What a week. My son was married a week ago. I picked him and his bride up from their honeymoon last night. In between I took a trip to Texas for a Microsoft conference and celebrated my birthday while away. At least my bride was with me and I was able to meet up with…


Small Basic is Moving And Other Resources On the BDLC

Small Basic is now part of the Beginning Developer Learning Center. Looks like the whole landing page for the BDLC has been updated as well. Check out the Kids’s Corner for links for: Small Basic for Small Wonders Robotics with LEGO Mindstorms C# For Sharp Kids VB For Very Bright Kids Imagine, Program, Share: Join…


Interesting Links 1 February 2010

All sorts of good things last week. Tops among them was a visit to Stevens Institute of Technology for a workshop with a great group of high school computer science teachers. You’ll see more posts on the things I learned there during the course of the week. But here now some links that I hope…


Interesting Links 18 January 2010

When it rains it pours! I spent last week at FETC in Florida but kept a weather eye out for interesting things to pass on via Twitter (follow me on Twitter @AlfredTwo) and this blog. There sure was a lot going on. This is a larger post that usual which I guess is a good…

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Starter Resources for Robotics Learning

iRobot is probably the best known robotics company in the US. Their Roomba vacuuming robots and other household robots are widely used all over the place including my house. Their military robots are saving lives on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Recently they opened a new web site with resources for those who want…