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Improvements to Components & Solarbotics components on LMR

Hi, guys. I just wanted to keep you up to date on the improvements I've been working on for the site. As you probably know, a few months ago we imported the full Pololu product catalog into our Components section, and we've been talking about ways to make use of that nice big database we now have.

Frits came up with a lot of great ideas, and we settled on a plan for a new and much more useful reimplementation of the components section. The new components section will make it much easier for you to find and link to the components you've used in your robot, in order to encourage discussion about the components everyone's using. The changes are pretty significant and there's a good bit of work left to do, but I'm excited about it and think it'll be a great improvement to the site.

In order to help expand that database even more, I've been talking with the guys at Solarbotics about bringing their products into the site as well. We're specifically seeking out the companies that design and produce new and interesting parts, rather than simple resellers of standard products, because we want to build up the database with a wide selection of the stuff that we're all actually interested in using, like gear motors, tank treads, etc.

Solarbotics was excited to work with us, and agreed to let us import their products too, so I've been working on implementing that. In the next few days you'll start seeing Solarbotics items show up in the components section. Just like last time, the new components won't show up on the front page, but they'll be visible by browsing the Components section and in your list of Unread Posts.

When we added the Pololu items a few months ago, we added all 300 items at once, and some people complained about the overwhelming flood of new nodes. This time, in order to alleviate that, we're only going to be adding 15 items per day. That should put less of a burden on those of you who take pride in your 100% nodes read status (I'm looking at you, rik :).

As always, your comments are welcome. Let's Make Robots is your site, and you're encouraged to provide any feedback you may want to share. Thanks.

Dan

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Dan is not real? well i dont mind: HAIL DAN! doing a great job.

p.s. reality is the place where the pizza delivery guy comes from.  

LMR is a pocket universe ruled by the cow god who sacrifices his robots on the altair of time!

Hail Dan, the guy who doesn't deliver pizza!

Dan does not deliver the pizzas - his robots do :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPnTm_ETxlM

 from Prototype This on Discovery Channel

 

Oh, btw, TCG, could you make a script that uploaded one new item from solarbotics each time Rik entered the Unread Page?  -Or is that too evil?

Funny you mention Prototype This -- my friend Erin is good friends with Zoz from that show (the one with the lightning bolt shirt).

Haha, I like that approach. Rik, you like a challenge, right?

Dan

I am afraid I hit the unread link more than 15 times a day. But you would all know exactly how often it was, just by looking in the component section.

Which led me to come up with this Easter Egg as a reward for anyone who hits 100% up to date. Have it tell you who reached that hidden treasure last time. And when. Keep a high score list as if it were a pinball machine.

Bonus treasure: 5 random links to click anywhere on LMR. Just to keep you distracted for the fabled 5 minutes.

Of course *I* would be the only one not benefitting from this bonus 8-(

I probably hit the unread link 15-20 times a day as well. When I have a spar eminute or two I hit refresh and get a new post or two to read. I don't have the attention span to sit and read more than a few posts at a time.

Hail Dan!

Had to get that done. Now I'd like to second rik's easter egg idea. That just sounds entertaining.

I just ran with Frits' suggestion. Because I'm probably the only sick loser to "benefit" from it.

You can be a pestering pain in the arse some times though (for all the right reasons) :P

I used to keep up with all the post when I first joined, Now I'm too busy so by my reckoning your just lucky.