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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




0-2 points =  Arty!!

3-4 points = All around!

5-7 points = Techie!!

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You and BOA, you guys just cannot answer questions without being "funny"! What is it that you are afraid of, I wonder? Being like the rest of us?
I'd have to say "yes" and I'm not being funny.

I like what Theo Jansen said ... "The walls between art and engineering are only in our minds"

For example if BOA's score was stored in a 8 bit array where every bit represented a point, his signed byte score would be -128!

So in reality BOA is artist, a rockin popstar artist !! Don't believe me, check this BOA and this on wikipedia

After the sex change operation, he has become an awesome engineer ... see?  art, engineering, reality, it can all get blurred together !   It's all good.. :)

Wait a minute. If the score was stored in an 8 bit array with each bit representing a pointm that would be 11111111. That's -1 not -128. Unless bit 0 is 1 point, bit 1 is 2 points, bit 2 is 3 points, etc, which makes it 10000000. I think somebody must have spiked your Cola.

Arrggh ! - dang it your right -1 ... I liked it better when you were an artist :D

Hey - Grog - What did you score? Honest, it is really not fun to say "PI" or 8 or whatever, tell me, what did you score, honestly?

Here we go. Now I'm really pissed off. I've got only 1 point, trying to understand "why it is 3.7"... :)))

You know what, I've just taken this test seriously, huh, and I'd prefer "to go on until the drawer is empty"... it's just more efficient than trying to count the socks! Think about it, you need two passes instead of just one, because you need to do the job anyway! Programming (well, at least the programming I do) is all about efficiency! :)

Well, nevermind... I'm an "Arty", okey... gotta spend the rest of my weekend working on that bug we have in production... testers will be waiting for it on Monday... "Arty", huh... :))))

BTW, finished my 1st trial robot today (mechanics was the tough part for me), my kids got really excited and played with this simple thing for hours, so I'm probably going to put it into My Robots section very soon. Frits, I really appreciate the job you're doing with LMR and with promoting PICAXE... it's just awesome for rapid development, and I'm probably going to stick with it forever, until I need some complicated and super-duper fast processing. (Sorry for the off-topic.)

I actually think you are very "arty"!

And that may just be a compliment, you know - I get "0" in score, so you may just be my best arty friend :D

Thanks, buddy! :)

4 points, but I don't see how 5 is artsy vs techy...I could see if you compared a flowchart vs programming your bot.

with flowcharting  you can move the command objects to form interesting shapes....