"Making Human-Robot Interaction Enjoyable"

Sounds easy, I wish it was!

Topographical LEGO Map of Middle Earth

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Design, Featured, LEGO | 0 comments

Topographical LEGO Map of Middle Earth

For the Christchurch Brick Show 2014 I build a Topographical LEGO Map of Middle Earth. I measures 2×2 meters and consists of 7 levels. It took approximately 30.000 bricks and four months to build the map. All the main characters of both books are presented on the map as minifigures. Even the path of the ring is illustrated through a breadcrumb style line of golden 1×1 round bricks. The map is accurate as much as a map of a fantastic land can be. I heavily consulted The Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad. This project was made possible through a strategic grant of LUG 4/2. I also created an album at Flickr for this MOC.

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Robot Movie

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Culture, Design | 0 comments

We are going to participate in the annual Robot Film Festival. Eduardo and Mitchell made an exciting move based on a short story by Isaac Asimov. Check it out:

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Time Lapse Movie On The Assembly Of An InMoov Robot

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Design, Project, Research | 0 comments

We have some excellent french students at the lab right now and they pushed our InMoov project forward. Here is a time lapse movie of the assembly of the robot.

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Create LaTeX tables easily

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Documentation | 0 comments

I am a big fan of this website for creating LaTeX tables. Finally a tool that allows you to design your tables with a WYSIWYG editor.

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Aldebaran and Softbank reveal the Pepper robot

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Research, Technology | 0 comments

Finally the cat is out of the bag. It was clear that once a Japanese IT company buys Aldebaran, that they would develop a new robot, potentially for the Japanese market. After Aibo’s death, there was a big hole in the Japanese market. So here you have it: Pepper

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Sabbatical

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Personal | 0 comments

Today is the start of my six month sabbatical. It will be great to focus on my research.

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LEGO Simpsons TV Episode Brick Like Me

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Culture, LEGO | 0 comments

So finally, after more than twenty years, my two favorite illusions cross again: LEGO and The Simpsons. Of course we already know about The Simpsons house and the Minifigures. But now we are going to have a Simpsons Episode made of LEGO. Well, they go the CG path and not stop animation, but that is fine with me.

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