Posts made in November, 2012

Radio NPR featured my LEGO Minifigure books

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Press | 0 comments

Wendy Kaufman interviewed me about LEGO Minifigures and in particular BrickArms. It was a great interview and I am very happy about the broadcast:

 

 

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Flags of all countries in vector format

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Documentation | 0 comments

For one of my research projects I needed the flags of all countries. These national flags are often available as icons or bitmap graphics, but it was difficult to find them in a vector format, such as SVG. Here are some sources for bitmap flags:

Wikimedia has a full overview of all the flags with links to the flags in various formats. But I needed them all together on my computer for processing, so I harvested them all an put them into one zip file. All the flags are under Creative Commons License, so feel free to use them. You can download the All National Flags In Vector Format (SVG).

 

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Google Scholar Metrics for HCI and HRI

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Publication | 0 comments

Google introduced a new feature. You can now look at the ranking of publication venues by discipline and sub-discipline. The HRI conference is listed at place 9 in the robotics area. The CHI conference is on top in the human-computer interaction ranking. In both disciplines, Google has a problem with “Interaction”, since it declares them to be “Unteraction”. The journal “Human-Computer Interaction” is also not listed. I am not sure if this is due to a lack of h-index or due to some other reason.

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My first model with LDD (LEGO Digital Designer)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Featured, LEGO | 0 comments

My first model with LDD (LEGO Digital Designer)

It is sad that once I got to appreciate LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), it is already out of date. LEGO sill allows you to use it, but it is already a bit out of date. The new L motors are not in the database and it is unclear if they will ever be added. In any case, I build my RACE model in it and you can download the LXF file.

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LEGO Off Road Car “RACE” Video

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in LEGO | 0 comments

LEGO Off Road Car “RACE” Video

Here is a video demonstrating the power of RACE. This super fast LEGO off road car has one L motor per wheel. With its pendular suspension it can overcome even large obstacles. The all wheel drive allows it to turn on the point. A fast and robust rally car. The video uses slow motion for your viewing pleasure. Also, have a look at the extended development of this vehicle. It went through so many stages.

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