Seattle Robotics Society meeting – Robotics Studio, R2D2, and Odd car.


On Saturday I attended the Seattle Robotics Society meeting – this months meeting had Joseph Fernando (photo below), an Architect in the Robotics Studio team giving an overview of Microsoft Robotics Studio, and the CCR/DSS programming model.

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Other items of interest at the meeting were…

Parked just outside of Renton Technical College (where the Seattle Robotics Society meet) was this strange looking vehicle – Click the image, go to the larger sized photo on Flickr and check out why this is odd…

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Also at the meeting was a partially built R2D2 – I didn’t get the names of the people working on this, but it’s a cool project, the frame is wooden with Aluminium dome and body work – the final working R2 could cost ~ $5000!

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– Mike

Comments (4)

  1. Erling Paulsen says:

    Wow… took me a few seconds to realize what was odd about the car 🙂

    Does it have two engines as well?

  2. mikehall says:

    it looked like it had two steering wheels, I didn’t get close enough to find out if it had two engines.

    Take a look at the wheels, it looks like it’s posible to get a pretty tight turning circle on the vehicle!

    – Mike

  3. Erling Paulsen says:

    Either that or you could drive it sideways.

    Now that would be a nice paralell-parking feature 🙂