Category: News

I read a ton of news form blogs daily. This is a selection of the articles I find the most interesting and noteworthy. The main topic is of course DIY technology, robots, hacks, and very geeky stuff.

Cloud Robotics Hackathon 2013

Cloud Robotics Hackathon 2013

Cloud Robotics Hackathon 2013
Cloud Robotics Hackathon 2013

The Global Cloud Robotics Hackathon is happening again this year it offers 3000$ in cash prizes to the winners. I am one of the organizers and judges for the projects that are going to be submitted. I think this is great opportunity for robotics enthusiast to get started making useful and interesting robotics applications using the power of the cloud.

What is the Cloud Robotics Hackathon?

The Cloud Robotics Hackathon is an event where robotic, treat whether novice or expert, clinic are called to create robotics applications involving the cloud. By using the web service, hackers can create useful robotic applications that connect to the Internet and feature interesting behaviours. This year specifically, they invite hackers to focus on remote monitoring during the National Robotics Week, from April 6th to 14th 2013.


This hackathon does not have physical restrictions. Participants can register and participate via the Internet from their own houses if they wish. There is also the possibility for them to form teams and gatherings in their local universities, hacker-spaces, etc.

How to participate?

Simply register your project in their registration page.


Nao 1337 at M. Net

Nao 1337 and I participated in the September 14th M. Net TV show on Musique Plus. We were invited to present Nao to the public and explain a bit about the developers program.

Denis Talbot with Nao1337
Denis Talbot with Nao1337

If you were not able to catch the show on Friday at 19:30 or on Tuesday at 11:00, despair not. Once it is available in roughly three weeks, I’ll be posting a link and perhaps embedding the show in this page (if M. Net and Musique Plus do not object).

Update: See the full episode here.

For the moment, you can see a short clip from the show below.

During the entire one-hour show, 1337 sat besides the show host Denis Talbot and acted completely autonomously. Without any sense of timing, he talked, sang, moved, laughed, and did much more throughout the entire show, interrupting and defying everyone. He effectively became the most annoying robotic guest on a TV show.

Learn More about M. Net at their official website.