"Making Human-Robot Interaction Enjoyable"

Sounds easy, I wish it was!

Godspeed Quenstionnaire Series now available in French

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Research | 0 comments

Wafa Johal provided the French translation for the Godspeed Questionnaire series. I hope that this will be useful to you.

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The 4:30 Show Reported on our LEGO Show

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in LEGO, Press | 0 comments

The 4:30 Show reported on our Christchurch Brick Show 2014. Here is the video:

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The highest Jenga Tower Ever

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Design | 0 comments

Saki and me had a good daddy and daughter morning and we decided to build the tallest Jenga tower ever. This is of course not based on playing the game, but based on using only the blocks in the original set. Our tower was 144 cm high. Can you build a taller tower?

144 cm Jenga tower

144 cm tall Jenga tower

128.6 cm tall Jenga tower

128.6 cm tall Jenga tower

A 97.2 cm tall Jenga tower

A 97.2 cm tall Jenga tower

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The REAL Ninjago

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in LEGO | 0 comments

I am not always happy with how the LEGO Company is treating enthusiastic fans concerning the usage of the LEGO brand. While the company did in the past claim copyright to Minifigures I was not able to find a relevant entry in the relevant registries in the USA. And of course the LEGO company did loose several lawsuit against Mega Blocks in recent years. While the LEGO company is fighting to protect its brand and its market, several competitors have arrived that offer compatible bricks. But what I discovered in a 1 dollar shop recently goes even too far for my taste. The JLB company, whose logo is a clear rip off from the LEGO logo, is offering Ninjago Minifigures. They use the Ninjago logo, the characters names (in this case Lloyd) and even the slogan “Masters of Spinjitzu”. The LEGO company has registered a Ninjago trademark in the USA, so I wonder if you can only buy this little gem or product piracy in New Zealand and China. In any case, I am amazed by JLB’s  boldness of copying a LEGO product. A quick Google search revealed that JLB is also offering Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Super Heroes. I played with Lloyd a little while and the quality of the Minifigure is far below that of the original.

Llyod by JLB

Llyod by JLB

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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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Inside The Christchurch Brick Show 2014

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Documentation, LEGO | 0 comments

Mitchell Adair made an excellent documentary about our Christchurch Brick Show that took place on July 12-13, 2014 here in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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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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