robotics Archive

  • My highlight of the show was the training that occurred on the second floor:  Coastie operator training.  Coastie is a 45-inch robot shaped like a cartoon-character boat that talks to the kids about water safety.

    Coastie the robot

    My highlight of the show was the training that occurred on the second floor: Coastie operator training. Coastie is a 45-inch robot shaped like a cartoon-character boat that talks to the kids about water safety.

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  • I joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary last month. Just last Saturday, I was invited to participate in the first of many boat crew classes... at the Muskegon Coast Guard station! We brought lunch for the "coasties"...

    My first adventure at the Coast Guard Auxiliary

    I joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary last month. Just last Saturday, I was invited to participate in the first of many boat crew classes... at the Muskegon Coast Guard station! We brought lunch for the "coasties"...

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  • I am probably not going to hear back until late January, after the selection committee selects the 18 officers for this year's BOTC class. The selection process is highly competitive.

    The NOAA Corps Wait

    I am probably not going to hear back until late January, after the selection committee selects the 18 officers for this year's BOTC class. The selection process is highly competitive.

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  • So, what was the first thing I did?  Well, I walked out of that ceremony with my naturalization certificate in hand and headed straight home to fill out the most important applications of my life: FBI and NOAA Corps.

    My dreams unveiled: Robotics, FBI and NOAA Corps

    So, what was the first thing I did? Well, I walked out of that ceremony with my naturalization certificate in hand and headed straight home to fill out the most important applications of my life: FBI and NOAA Corps.

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  • The river never stood still.  That is when I saw it.  I noticed that the concave sky, which was always so distant and so far above, was hereby being pulled into the Grand River and dragged to the same altitude as my mortal life.

    Personal statement of career goals and experience

    The river never stood still. That is when I saw it. I noticed that the concave sky, which was always so distant and so far above, was hereby being pulled into the Grand River and dragged to the same altitude as my mortal life.

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  • Every other aspect of my presentation -- visual aids, effective use of presentation technology, dress, interaction, language, logic -- was flawless. It's good to know I rated excellent on everything else.

    Not great, but not bad – my proposal presentation

    Every other aspect of my presentation -- visual aids, effective use of presentation technology, dress, interaction, language, logic -- was flawless. It's good to know I rated excellent on everything else.

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  • What I just found out, what has just made me scream "wahoo!" at 2:30 in the morning without regards for my neighbors, is that there is a simple way to make my robots talk to each other. There is a way to create a mesh network with low power consumption and tight security. I just found out about the IEEE 802.15.4 specification for low-rate personal area networks.

    So freaking sweet! I got the network!

    What I just found out, what has just made me scream "wahoo!" at 2:30 in the morning without regards for my neighbors, is that there is a simple way to make my robots talk to each other. There is a way to create a mesh network with low power consumption and tight security. I just found out about the IEEE 802.15.4 specification for low-rate personal area networks.

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  • Thank you, those of you who voted on a type of robot! It looks like underwater, cybernetic/bionic and space robots were all tied with the highest number of votes

    Robot survey results

    Thank you, those of you who voted on a type of robot! It looks like underwater, cybernetic/bionic and space robots were all tied with the highest number of votes

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  • Of course, no one defined "network" in the requirements for capstone projects. That means I can expand "network" into any type of network -- not just computer networks. I could make this project legendary! Thus, I decided to build a secure network.

    Capstone project defined: Secure robot communication network

    Of course, no one defined "network" in the requirements for capstone projects. That means I can expand "network" into any type of network -- not just computer networks. I could make this project legendary! Thus, I decided to build a secure network.

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  • While thinking of my blocks idea, it occurred to me that I would eventually meet a significant problem when programming. I realized that certain links and certain types of blueprints […]

    Immeasurable at large

    While thinking of my blocks idea, it occurred to me that I would eventually meet a significant problem when programming. I realized that certain links and certain types of blueprints […]

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