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Test yourself: Arty or Techie

There are 2 kinds of robot builders; Arty’s & Techie’s.

Take this test to find out what you are :)


Point = 0

 


 

1) Your robot has to navigate in a park. Do you design it to..

A) Orientate to see how far, what is ahead, somehow generate a map over the area, keep track over obstackles and good paths, drive to next point and so on

B) Focus on where you are going to, constantly avoid obstacles, but only if they are in your way

If answer = A then
point = point +1
end if

 


 

2) The fun about building robots are ..

A) That you can have an idea to a creature and see it come alive

B) That you have a reason to try math and programming techniques in real life

If answer = B then
point = point +1
end if

 


 

3) If there is a cable that has 3.7V coming out from your circuit, and you thought it should have been 5V, would you rather / typically..

A) Find out why it is 3.7V

B) Say ”that was strange”, and somehow cope with that for now

If answer = A then
point = point +1
end if

 


 

4) You have to make a robot arm that is going to take up all your socks from your drawer. Would your first thought be..

A) Find out a way to know how many socks are in the drawer, so that you know when you have picked all and is able to structure the picking.

B) Find out a way to see when the drawer is empty, and pick socks until it is empty.

If answer = A then
point = point +1
end if

 


 

5) If you should chose to be an expert in one of the 2 below, just somehow get all knowledge inserted into your brain, what would you chose:

A) Get to know 100% Picaxe Basic, Basic Stamp Basic and Arduino C – because then you could just build with ease, almost without thinking, all commands would be at your hands; If you can think on it, you can just make it..

B) 100% assambly, down to 0’s and 1’s of the chips the above based on, because then you would be able to understand it all 100%, and override the commands and optimize and write your own, which would be cool!

If answer = B then
point = point +1
end if

 


 

6) Building robots often happens alone. If you where together on a camp with 1.000’s of other builders, would you rather..

A) Participate in a group that would design something bigger, using multiple technologies.

B) Participate in a competition where you where able to enter a robot that you had made yourself.

If answer = A then
point = point +1
end if

 


 

7) After making a robot, would it make you more happy if..

A) Other robot builders where really impressed?

B) People who knows nothing about it think it is cool or fun?

If answer = A then
point = point +1
end if

 


 

Result: 

0-2 points =  Arty!!

3-4 points = All around!

5-7 points = Techie!!

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A score of 1 means that you are my new friend, 1474!

I had to convert the algorithm to handle fractions, and after that I scored just below 7. We can not be friends then?

Yay I have friends on the internets.  :D
This site is great by the way.  It's a really cool community of creative minds.  I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone and collaborating with them on our projects!
:)

1) navigate in a park
B just obstacle avoidance
[no points]

2) fun of building bots
A+B I get to enjoy both if I want to!
[still worth a point I guess]

3) debugging 3.7 V
A definately A!
[2 points]

4) pick up all socks
B because the program would be so much cleaner
[still 2 points]

5) free expertise
B assembly because THAT would be something new (I could always depend in my own, less than 100%, expertise on the higher level languages)
[OK I'll take the point: 3]

6) would rather
A) be a part in something bigger
[4 points]

7) build bots to impress
A+B because I would like to impress the botmates with amazing cool designs and the lay people with inventions
[refusing to take a point for that: still 4 points]


extra bonus question
8) Would you structure a forum post as you would a program? And would you debate the selectivity of a Cosmo-style Artsy/Techie test?
[6 points]

I guess, that final question pushed me over Frits's techie threshold...

I got a whopping 1 and that's cause I chose A & B on the first question...

Not afraid at all - but multiple choice is lacking of much insight - so I filled it out more ;)

1) Your robot has to navigate in a park. Do you design it to..
A & B - why wouldn't you have it do both if possible? Just because you can avoid the rock in front of you doesn't mean you will be able to navigate to the store down the street - you would need to do both. (+0 +1)

2) The fun about building robots are ..
A far out weighs B - maybe its i want to give birth to something, womb envy ... i dunno ... but i think nearly all roboteurs would lean this way - picture here somes it up. http://letsmakerobots.com/node/827#comment-4209 (+0)

3) If there is a cable that has 3.7V coming out from your circuit, and you thought it should have been 5V, would you rather / typically..
B - but knowing my luck the 3.7 volts burns up something expensive - so i kick myself in the ass after that happens and wish I chose A (+0)

4) You have to make a robot arm that is going to take up all your socks from your drawer. Would your first thought be..
(neither) - Make a robot arm strong enough to take the drawer out and dump everything out - if its this strong you can use it for other fun things too (+0)

5) If you should chose to be an expert in one of the 2 below, just somehow get all knowledge inserted into your brain, what would you chose:
A - I'd probably go with A cause I'm pretty lazy and higher level languages let you do more with less, but at the same time I like B because I like to know how things work (+0)

6) Building robots often happens alone. If you where together on a camp with 1.000’s of other builders, would you rather..
Don't see how this relates to Artsy vs Techy - this is more do you prefer to work by yourself or with others. (You can be Artsy or Techy with either) I have had the great opportunity to work with others on an Art project a couple times, although I typically work by myself - this is more a personal or social preference

7) After making a robot, would it make you more happy if..
Neither - most of my happiness is usually derived from making the thing - like spawning life, or in the process of making it, discovering how the simple things i take for granted every day are so much more amazingly complex and simple at the same time ... it ..just .. well, just blows me away..

Alright .. now you got me all philosophical,
time for a beer and a cat.

 

i guess you should take 0.5 for answer 1, as +0+1 is =+1 and that would be like answering with the second choice only. You should in fact get an average of the two.

Does this comment make me more techy than before? 

only by a quarter point in my opinion

What does it matter Fritsy? - this sounds very left brain of you ... like your statistical engineering side wants to pigeon-hole me :) - Are you sure you got a 0 on the test?