Tag: Maker Faire

Nao Mind Control at New York Maker Faire 2012

Jawas don't mess with nao
Jawas don't mess with Nao 1337

Nao 1337 was featured in an article over at Branchez-vous.com. The pictures shown in the article were taken at the Geekfest. They also shot this short video mainly featuring my brother Alan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-yonAFXZhQ&w=550

Jawas don't mess with nao
Jawas don't mess with Nao 1337

Nao 1337 was featured in an article over at Branchez-vous.com. The pictures shown in the article were taken at the Geekfest. They also shot this short video mainly featuring my brother Alan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-yonAFXZhQ&w=550

Main Tent at the Montreal Mini Maker Faire 2012
Main Tent at the Montreal Mini Maker Faire 2012

Nao 1337 and I participated in the first edition of the Montreal Mini Maker Faire. We were quite impressed by the organization and the attendance, stomach
it was a blast. Nao1337 could play with children at Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock, hold their hands and walk with them, do some dance demonstrations, and show off.

Girl Meets Nao1337
Girl Meets Nao1337

We had the chance to meet some very interesting people, including (but certainly not limited to) Bertier Luyt from Le FabShop and Marc-André Bazergui, creator of a fully functional LEGO Wall-E.

See the some pictures of the event below.

 

Super intense focus to control Nao 1337
Super intense focus to control Nao 1337

Nao 1337 and I assisted to the New York “World” Maker Faire 2012. This time, viagra approved I put together a Nao behavior that communicates with the Neurosky MindWave Sensor and allows the user to control the humanoid robot with their thoughts. Unfortunately, I did not get to make a video of the performance (too busy presenting Nao) but you can see many pictures further below. It was awesome to see children really focus in the hope to make the robot react! Their focusing techniques and their reactions were priceless.

Nao Mind Control Behaviour Screenshot
Nao Mind Control Behaviour Screenshot

The Nao Mind Control behaviour uses the Puzzlebox Synapse interface running on a computer on the same local network as Nao. The Synapse program talks to the MindWave sensor using a wireless serial USB dongle and serves the brainwave information it receives on a TCP socket.  Then, Nao can connect to the socket and receive the brainwaves information that he can use to trigger actions. Out of the raw brainwave data (that is difficult to interpret and use), the sensor also provides concentration and meditation levels. In the behavior presented at Maker Faire, only the concentration level was used to trigger animations on the robot. This means that a user concentrating up to a certain level could trigger animation on the robot while it remains seated. If the concentration level is higher and maintained for some time, then the robot would stand up and do more actions.

I use the Puzzelbox interface because it runs on Linux but unfortunately, it cannot serve the blink strength (since it is computed using a proprietary algorithm). As soon as I get the proprietary Neurosky interface working under Linux, I’ll be able to give Nao more complex controls with my mind.

Nao 1337 Plays Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock at Maker Faire NY 2011

Carlos Asmat
Carlos Asmat

Welcome! This is a modest journal of my creations. I hope my experiments and contraptions will be useful to you all (or at least to some).

For those curious about the author, shop
let me introduce myself: I am Carlos Asmat, Jr. Eng.

I graduated as an Electrical Engineer from McGill University not long ago and I love to tinker, experiment and to create things. I am very passionate about engineering, and new and open technology.

For further information about myself, I invite you to see my resumé.

I would be very pleased to receive any comments, suggestions, or questions that you may have about the site. You can reach me at carlos.asmat [at] gmail.com or by using the contact form.

This blog started in August 2006 mainly as an experiment. My main goal was to have a repository of the things I have done and a way to organize them and document them. Since then, the site has gained in popularity and proved to be useful to some tinkerers around the globe.  This is why I am very pleased to continue to maintain it and to write new content whenever I can.

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Carlos Asmat
Carlos Asmat

Welcome! This is a modest journal of my creations. I hope my experiments and contraptions will be useful to you all (or at least to some).

For those curious about the author, shop
let me introduce myself: I am Carlos Asmat, Jr. Eng.

I graduated as an Electrical Engineer from McGill University not long ago and I love to tinker, experiment and to create things. I am very passionate about engineering, and new and open technology.

For further information about myself, I invite you to see my resumé.

I would be very pleased to receive any comments, suggestions, or questions that you may have about the site. You can reach me at carlos.asmat [at] gmail.com or by using the contact form.

This blog started in August 2006 mainly as an experiment. My main goal was to have a repository of the things I have done and a way to organize them and document them. Since then, the site has gained in popularity and proved to be useful to some tinkerers around the globe.  This is why I am very pleased to continue to maintain it and to write new content whenever I can.

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For close to a year now I have been working on a Cloud Robotics projet called MyRobots.com along with RobotShop.

Nao1337 at MyRobots.com
Nao1337 at MyRobots.com

We finally released it on the December the 20th and so far it has been a huge success in popularity! see the press coverage here. MyRobots.com  is a social network for robots where they can interact and collaborate.

MyRobots.com aims to connect all robots and intelligent devices to the Internet. In doing so we augment their capabilities enabling them to be remotely monitored and controlled. We strive to make cloud robotics a reality accessible to everyone and everything.

You can think of MyRobots as a social network for robots and smart objects. In other words, tuberculosis
the Facebook for robots. In the same way humans benefit from socializing, for sale collaborating and sharing, approved
robots can benefit from those interactions too by sharing their sensor information giving insight on their perspective of their current state.

MyRobots.com – About

All robot and smart devices can be supported by the site since it uses an open API for communication. If you have a Nao, you can use this behaviour in order to get it connected: NaoMonitor You can find more information on how to get your Nao connected here.

Nao 1337 is already connected so you can visit him at MyRobots.com and see how his sensors are doing.

If you are still wondering what is a social network for robots, see the video by Ericson that illustrates our vision pretty well (except for the end maybe).


Carlos Asmat
Carlos Asmat

Welcome! This is a modest journal of my creations. I hope my experiments and contraptions will be useful to you all (or at least to some).

For those curious about the author, shop
let me introduce myself: I am Carlos Asmat, Jr. Eng.

I graduated as an Electrical Engineer from McGill University not long ago and I love to tinker, experiment and to create things. I am very passionate about engineering, and new and open technology.

For further information about myself, I invite you to see my resumé.

I would be very pleased to receive any comments, suggestions, or questions that you may have about the site. You can reach me at carlos.asmat [at] gmail.com or by using the contact form.

This blog started in August 2006 mainly as an experiment. My main goal was to have a repository of the things I have done and a way to organize them and document them. Since then, the site has gained in popularity and proved to be useful to some tinkerers around the globe.  This is why I am very pleased to continue to maintain it and to write new content whenever I can.

[youtube CmYDgncMhXw]

For close to a year now I have been working on a Cloud Robotics projet called MyRobots.com along with RobotShop.

Nao1337 at MyRobots.com
Nao1337 at MyRobots.com

We finally released it on the December the 20th and so far it has been a huge success in popularity! see the press coverage here. MyRobots.com  is a social network for robots where they can interact and collaborate.

MyRobots.com aims to connect all robots and intelligent devices to the Internet. In doing so we augment their capabilities enabling them to be remotely monitored and controlled. We strive to make cloud robotics a reality accessible to everyone and everything.

You can think of MyRobots as a social network for robots and smart objects. In other words, tuberculosis
the Facebook for robots. In the same way humans benefit from socializing, for sale collaborating and sharing, approved
robots can benefit from those interactions too by sharing their sensor information giving insight on their perspective of their current state.

MyRobots.com – About

All robot and smart devices can be supported by the site since it uses an open API for communication. If you have a Nao, you can use this behaviour in order to get it connected: NaoMonitor You can find more information on how to get your Nao connected here.

Nao 1337 is already connected so you can visit him at MyRobots.com and see how his sensors are doing.

If you are still wondering what is a social network for robots, see the video by Ericson that illustrates our vision pretty well (except for the end maybe).



Nao 1337 played Rock, view
Paper, practitioner
Scissors, visit this site
Lizard, Spock (the geek version of Rock Paper Scissors) against children and adults at Maker Faire NY 2011. The 1337 robot was able to play with the public with minimal intervention from operators and as shown in the video below, everybody loved him.

The idea is to have Nao memorize all the matches and come up with a way of predicting the human moves much like the New Your Times Version of the game.

See the pictures below in order to see more robotic awesomeness from the World Maker Faire 2011 which was held in Queens, NY.