Let's Make Robots!

Free PROFESSIONAL Robotics Conference in the midwest, July 2-3

Once again, I want to bring everyone's attention to my "work baby" at my new job (I developed the website for the Conference on Automated and Robotic Construction of Infrastructure.)  This takes place on July 2-3 in Ames, Iowa and is completely 100% free to attend.  We even provide lunch on the first day.

It may sound kind of dry at first, but some of the topics may be interesting even to those of us not interested in using robots to build roads and bridges:

Kind of related...

I saw something that reminded me of the "big-bot" guys on the site today.

I was driving home from the market in the rain and this caught my attention-I nearly stopped for a photo.  It was one of those electric wheelchairs, without an inhabitant, chained to a light stanchion in a nationwide auto parts franchise parking lot.

I got to thinking "My god, that tells a story."  Then I realized that it could have been telling hundreds of different stories.

Bb-8

The new droid from Star Wars. Whoever makes one first wins at LMR this year.

LMR shop

I just wanted everyone to know how freaking awesome this is. I took FritsL up on the "Buy something for a dollar to test it" deal and then told him not to bother sending the actual merchandise, just to keep the dollar, but it was too late-Gamborg had already sent it! Well, from Denmark to the U.S. took almost no time, and I got the best deal on a tilt sensor ever. Anyway, support LMR and buy and sell some shit through the LMR Marketplace. You can literally get a Propeller for $1 there!

eBay Sniper Lesson

This doesn't have much to do with robots.  Nothing at all in fact-but let's face it, about half of the forum is only tangentially related any more (3d printing, remote control cars, quadcopters, LED cubes, etc.)  This is about a lesson I learned about eBay today.  Or maybe it's about arbitrage or something else-I'll let you decide.

Reflections on Hoff

I haven't been able to substantiate or dispel the note about our friend and my likely relative hoff70. What I can say is that repraff.com lost its place on the web two days ago. It's safe to say that if hoff isn't dead, in some sense he's killing his online identity.

The iPad of Dr. Moreau

Is anyone else getting weird renderings of the site on a tablet? Here's a screen cap I just landed:
ld5cWi8.jpgNever mind that johnnyalpha seems to be the logo out header, and that Duane's project picture is in the wrong box. What really disturbs me is

That ain't BDK.