Robots at Work

A set of slides at Inside the Robot Lab by Wayne Rash. According to Wayne:

While most of iRobot’s developments are based on its successful PackBot chassis, there are some new developments. One is a robot development platform, called Create, and another is a new, massive robot called the Warrior.

I checked Create at iRobot’s site:

iRobot Create is an affordable programmable robot pre-assembled to facilitate the development of new robots. The iRobot Create enables advanced high school students, college students, and serious robot developers to program behaviors, sounds, and movements, and even add additional electronics to create the robot of their dreams.

It is interesting to see that high school students are one of the communities they are targeting. I was toying with the idea of setting up a computer club for middle/high school students (first in India where I will be spending the next few months) that includes a Robotics group. I was originally thinking of NXT but may look at Create too.

(3 weeks of effort) × (1 O’Reilly book) = (some level of domain expertise)

I do not believe in coincidences. But they seem to happen and I do not know how to explain them.

Yesterday I bought a new laptop and gave my old one to my wife for her trip (since it had lots of things setup for her to use). I wanted to move my Firefox bookmarks to the new machine. So I went looking for Firefox extensions. I found a really cool one called FoxMarks. I installed it, uploaded all my bookmarks. Switched to my new machine today and synched up. It was easy. Amazingly easy.

Today I am browsing through my InfoMinder alerts. I go to Dr Dobb’s developer notebook and I see an entry called The Pull on Python Programmers. Shannon Behrens, a Senior programmer at Foxmarks talks about working in the company.  That is where this blog title comes from. According to Shannon:

I can’t say enough about Python and agile programming. Piecing together small, well-documented, well-tested pieces of software makes solving big problems easier. Furthermore, I know I can rely on the equation:

(3 weeks of effort) × (1 O’Reilly book) = (some level of domain expertise)

A fellow Pythonista. Nice to know. Also nice to know that

“there’s a gravidic pull on them toward Google in Mountain View”