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National Novel Writing Month

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Culture, Featured | 0 comments

National Novel Writing Month

I am participating in the National Novel Writing Month of November. It is the first time I write non scientifically and from the few workshops I recently attended here in Christchurch I realize that this will be an interesting experience. I make steady progress but writing 1666 words daily is challenging. Most of all because there are all those other tasks that sneak up on me.

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New Zealand Herald reports on our 3D printed robot project

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

New Zealand Herald reports on our 3D printed robot project

The New Zealand Herald reports today on our project to build a InMoov robot. This robot is open source hardware, meaning that all the blueprints and plans are available for download. You can send the files directly to your 3D printer and produce all the necessary parts yourself. Here is a time laps movie of the assembly of the head.

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Topographical LEGO Map of Middle Earth

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Design, Featured, LEGO | 1 comment

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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Spirograph Automaton made with LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spirograph Automaton made with LEGO Mindstorms EV3

This Spirograph Automaton is a LEGO drawing machine based on the the popular toy and the ideas of PG52. This version extends previous designs by using LEGO Mindstorms EV3. The Spirograph Automaton knows when the pattern is complete and lifts the pen at the right time. You no longer have to observe the machine to stop it when the drawing is complete. The gears are optimized to give fast results so that the children do not have to wait too long. I also build a coin detector that triggers the Spirograph Automaton.

The building instructions are available for very affordable price ($0.99). Please notice that the instructions do not include the three Mindsensors’ GlideWheel-AS sensors. They are not part of the LDD library. And neither is the part 14720 (Technic, Liftarm 3 X 5 Perpendicular H-Shape Thick) of which you will need two. You will also need four rubber bands, may it be from LEGO or otherwise. You can also consider using the Technic Changeover Plate (6631) for a better gear shifting experience. The complete parts list is available at ReRrickable.

The required software is available here. You need to run the program “calibrate” before running the program “draw”. Otherwise you will get a file reading error.

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The Press reports on our colour study

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Press reports on our colour study

The Press reports today on our study Semi-Automatic Color Analysis For Brand Logos. The article focuses on the national flag section of our paper. According to The Press, I am the acting director of the HIT Lab NZ! Oh well, at least they spelled my name correctly.

 

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HRI promotion at University of Canterbury

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Design, Featured | 0 comments

HRI promotion at University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is currently running a new campaign and we had the privilege of showcasing our work. The photo was taken at a professional studio and shows a typical human-robot interaction study setup.

 

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