Let's Make Robots!

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.

Any complaints about your scope?

No, not variables. I'm wondering if anyone using a newer tft screen oscilloscope has any regrets about it. I'm talking the Attens, Owons, Rigols, Hanteks and Siglents in that U$300-500 range, 100-200Mhz, 1Gs area. I'm probably wasting money either way, and wasting time thinking about it, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it.

TARS from "Interstellar"

If you haven't seen it yet, the new Christopher Nolan film "Interstellar" features three robots that look like a cross between HAL and a ninja throwing star. _1412189530.jpg They're pretty clumsy puppets. If you've seen the movie (3 1/2 stars for me) what do you make of the realism of their motion? I don't see how they could work the way they do.
Tells me when someone is standing in my doorway
One of the drawbacks of working in a University Institute is the noise.  Student researchers have to talk with Primary Investigators and Co-PI's, printers hum and … Read more

I found the perfect Hallowe'en costume for BDK!

Okay, this version is the wrong gender, but ya'll know how Mr. Cooke LOVES

Arduino, right?

(Happy Halloween, Sarge! ;-)

Clever f*ckers...

I've never been a fan of the "Turing Test" as a measure of machine intelligence-rather I think it exposes stupidity in humans.  The recent victory of Eugene Goostman over the actor who played "Kryten" in Red Dwarf and Lord Sharkey says more about the people that the Royal Society thinks are qualified for this kind of science than it does about the programming of intelligent machines.

Another take on Jibo

Warning-contains drinking, several self-deprecating Asian jokes and scary references to NSA agents masturbating to underage girls.

(Link  to youtube if video embed doesn't work.)