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Nao 1337 at M. Net Finally Online!

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. This time, illness 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) you can see many pictures further below.

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 serila 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 used) the sensor also provides concentration and meditation levels. In the behavior presented at Maker Faire, esophagitis only the concentration level was use 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 sited. 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 strenght (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 morecomplex controls with my mind.


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. This time, cure 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) you can see many pictures further below.

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 used) the sensor also provides concentration and meditation levels. In the behavior presented at Maker Faire, troche only the concentration level was use 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 sited. If the concentration level is higher and maintained for some time, hospital 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.


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 100mg 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, advice 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, epilepsy 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.


As reported before, anesthetist Nao 1337 and I appeared at the M.Net TV Show on MusiquePlus. You can now see the full M.Net episode from September 14th below or at the MusiquePlus site.

Nao1337 and Carlitos on M.Net
Nao1337 and Carlitos on M.Net

The video is only available for Canada. If you cannot see it contact me.

Nao 1337 stayed next to Denis Talbot, buy information pills the host, for sale the entire time while doing some pretty random actions. This was not planned at all and it lead to many funny moments. My interview at the end of the episode was pretty much improvised also, but I think everything went pretty well overall.

Here are some corrections regarding what was said during the show:

  • Nao is 59 cm tall and not 53 cm (sorry, that was my mistake).
  • Nao is sold as a fully assembled platform and not a kit.
  • I am a mere Nao developer, I am not its creator by any stretch of the imagination.

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 at M. Net

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.


Lately, noun I put some effort into making another video for the Robot Film Festival. Along with my brother Alan, no rx we transformed a basement into a high-tech research facility in order to shoot a scene from the best-seller Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.

Robopocalypse Book Cover
Robopocalypse Book Cover

I really enjoyed the first chapter of the book and since I read it, I wanted to make a video with Nao 1337. It features a dialogue between an AI who is just born and gains intelligence very fast, and Processor Wasserman, the scientist who created. The scene is only captured by security footage.

Since I am a terrible actor and filmmaker, I thought the best would be to collaborate with an artist in order to get the artistic parts of the film right. However, since I started to do the movie 6 days before the (already extended) deadline, I did not have time to get in touch with any artists that would like to work with insane time constraints. However, I believe we managed to reproduce the first chapter accurately and the main transgression is that Archos, the rogue AI is played by a NAO instead of a computer screen.

Nao 1337 as Archos the AI
Nao 1337 as Archos the AI

This meant that I had to play the professor’s role (my first and probably last incursion into “acting”) which involved trying and failing to learn the script and wearing makeup (which is not too apparent in the film anyway). On the upside, I got to ware a lab-coat, my brothers glasses (which make it very difficult for me to see) and white makeup on my face and hair.

Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman
Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman

Most importantly, I have to thank my brother Alan who helped me a lot with the constructions of the set, props, music filming and everything that needed to be done. Among other things, we transformed a cabinet into an AI-control server device thing,  converted a wooden desk into a metal desk, and built a sci-fi Faraday cage.

Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set
Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set

Rejected

Unfortunately, the film was rejected by the Robot Film Festival for two main reasons:

  1. It seems Steven Spielberg has the rights to making a Robopocalypse film and that it might be illegal to make a another film very closely based on the same book. I understand how Nao 1337 and I can be a threat to Spielberg 🙂
  2. The film is long and boring (they put it more elegantly though).  I agree with that statement, and that is mainly thanks to my unparalleled acting, and the fact the scene is only seen by a sole angle and features a long dialogue. I might do a “Director’s Cut” version in order to bring it down to 5 minutes instead of the full-feature 12.
Sad Nao 1337
Sad Nao 1337

Needless to say, this made 1337 a bit disappointed. It seems appropriate in this context to point out that robots have infinite and perfect memory and they will never forget was was done to them or their kind. So perhaps we can be more indulgent with them if we want them to be indulgent with us in the future.

Feature Presentation

So without further due, behold the Tip Of The Spear.

For those interested, see more pictures from set and making-of.


Lately, noun I put some effort into making another video for the Robot Film Festival. Along with my brother Alan, no rx we transformed a basement into a high-tech research facility in order to shoot a scene from the best-seller Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.

Robopocalypse Book Cover
Robopocalypse Book Cover

I really enjoyed the first chapter of the book and since I read it, I wanted to make a video with Nao 1337. It features a dialogue between an AI who is just born and gains intelligence very fast, and Processor Wasserman, the scientist who created. The scene is only captured by security footage.

Since I am a terrible actor and filmmaker, I thought the best would be to collaborate with an artist in order to get the artistic parts of the film right. However, since I started to do the movie 6 days before the (already extended) deadline, I did not have time to get in touch with any artists that would like to work with insane time constraints. However, I believe we managed to reproduce the first chapter accurately and the main transgression is that Archos, the rogue AI is played by a NAO instead of a computer screen.

Nao 1337 as Archos the AI
Nao 1337 as Archos the AI

This meant that I had to play the professor’s role (my first and probably last incursion into “acting”) which involved trying and failing to learn the script and wearing makeup (which is not too apparent in the film anyway). On the upside, I got to ware a lab-coat, my brothers glasses (which make it very difficult for me to see) and white makeup on my face and hair.

Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman
Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman

Most importantly, I have to thank my brother Alan who helped me a lot with the constructions of the set, props, music filming and everything that needed to be done. Among other things, we transformed a cabinet into an AI-control server device thing,  converted a wooden desk into a metal desk, and built a sci-fi Faraday cage.

Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set
Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set

Rejected

Unfortunately, the film was rejected by the Robot Film Festival for two main reasons:

  1. It seems Steven Spielberg has the rights to making a Robopocalypse film and that it might be illegal to make a another film very closely based on the same book. I understand how Nao 1337 and I can be a threat to Spielberg 🙂
  2. The film is long and boring (they put it more elegantly though).  I agree with that statement, and that is mainly thanks to my unparalleled acting, and the fact the scene is only seen by a sole angle and features a long dialogue. I might do a “Director’s Cut” version in order to bring it down to 5 minutes instead of the full-feature 12.
Sad Nao 1337
Sad Nao 1337

Needless to say, this made 1337 a bit disappointed. It seems appropriate in this context to point out that robots have infinite and perfect memory and they will never forget was was done to them or their kind. So perhaps we can be more indulgent with them if we want them to be indulgent with us in the future.

Feature Presentation

So without further due, behold the Tip Of The Spear.

For those interested, see more pictures from set and making-of.


In the last year, help
I created my first full hardware design, viagra sale
including its custom firmware. Of course, recipe
the design is open source so you can reuse it however you like. The end-result is the MyRobots Connect, a Serial-to-Ethernet gateway.

MyRobots-Connect - Eagle
MyRobots-Connect - Eagle

I used the amazing Eagle and you can find the design files in the MyRobots Github page. If you want to know more about how this device works, see its wiki page. But in short, it translates serial messages received via XBee into HTTP GETs to MyRobots API.

See below some PCB pr0n.


Lately, noun I put some effort into making another video for the Robot Film Festival. Along with my brother Alan, no rx we transformed a basement into a high-tech research facility in order to shoot a scene from the best-seller Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.

Robopocalypse Book Cover
Robopocalypse Book Cover

I really enjoyed the first chapter of the book and since I read it, I wanted to make a video with Nao 1337. It features a dialogue between an AI who is just born and gains intelligence very fast, and Processor Wasserman, the scientist who created. The scene is only captured by security footage.

Since I am a terrible actor and filmmaker, I thought the best would be to collaborate with an artist in order to get the artistic parts of the film right. However, since I started to do the movie 6 days before the (already extended) deadline, I did not have time to get in touch with any artists that would like to work with insane time constraints. However, I believe we managed to reproduce the first chapter accurately and the main transgression is that Archos, the rogue AI is played by a NAO instead of a computer screen.

Nao 1337 as Archos the AI
Nao 1337 as Archos the AI

This meant that I had to play the professor’s role (my first and probably last incursion into “acting”) which involved trying and failing to learn the script and wearing makeup (which is not too apparent in the film anyway). On the upside, I got to ware a lab-coat, my brothers glasses (which make it very difficult for me to see) and white makeup on my face and hair.

Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman
Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman

Most importantly, I have to thank my brother Alan who helped me a lot with the constructions of the set, props, music filming and everything that needed to be done. Among other things, we transformed a cabinet into an AI-control server device thing,  converted a wooden desk into a metal desk, and built a sci-fi Faraday cage.

Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set
Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set

Rejected

Unfortunately, the film was rejected by the Robot Film Festival for two main reasons:

  1. It seems Steven Spielberg has the rights to making a Robopocalypse film and that it might be illegal to make a another film very closely based on the same book. I understand how Nao 1337 and I can be a threat to Spielberg 🙂
  2. The film is long and boring (they put it more elegantly though).  I agree with that statement, and that is mainly thanks to my unparalleled acting, and the fact the scene is only seen by a sole angle and features a long dialogue. I might do a “Director’s Cut” version in order to bring it down to 5 minutes instead of the full-feature 12.
Sad Nao 1337
Sad Nao 1337

Needless to say, this made 1337 a bit disappointed. It seems appropriate in this context to point out that robots have infinite and perfect memory and they will never forget was was done to them or their kind. So perhaps we can be more indulgent with them if we want them to be indulgent with us in the future.

Feature Presentation

So without further due, behold the Tip Of The Spear.

For those interested, see more pictures from set and making-of.


In the last year, help
I created my first full hardware design, viagra sale
including its custom firmware. Of course, recipe
the design is open source so you can reuse it however you like. The end-result is the MyRobots Connect, a Serial-to-Ethernet gateway.

MyRobots-Connect - Eagle
MyRobots-Connect - Eagle

I used the amazing Eagle and you can find the design files in the MyRobots Github page. If you want to know more about how this device works, see its wiki page. But in short, it translates serial messages received via XBee into HTTP GETs to MyRobots API.

See below some PCB pr0n.


In the last year, Oncology
I created my first full hardware design, side effects
including its custom firmware, there
for Robotshop. Of course, the design is open source so you can reuse it however you like. The end-result is the MyRobots Connect, a Serial-to-Ethernet gateway.

MyRobots-Connect - Eagle
MyRobots-Connect – Eagle

I used the amazing Eagle and you can find the design files in the MyRobots Github page. If you want to know more about how this device works, see its wiki page. But in short, it translates serial messages received via XBee into HTTP GETs to MyRobots API.

See below some PCB pr0n.


Lately, noun I put some effort into making another video for the Robot Film Festival. Along with my brother Alan, no rx we transformed a basement into a high-tech research facility in order to shoot a scene from the best-seller Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.

Robopocalypse Book Cover
Robopocalypse Book Cover

I really enjoyed the first chapter of the book and since I read it, I wanted to make a video with Nao 1337. It features a dialogue between an AI who is just born and gains intelligence very fast, and Processor Wasserman, the scientist who created. The scene is only captured by security footage.

Since I am a terrible actor and filmmaker, I thought the best would be to collaborate with an artist in order to get the artistic parts of the film right. However, since I started to do the movie 6 days before the (already extended) deadline, I did not have time to get in touch with any artists that would like to work with insane time constraints. However, I believe we managed to reproduce the first chapter accurately and the main transgression is that Archos, the rogue AI is played by a NAO instead of a computer screen.

Nao 1337 as Archos the AI
Nao 1337 as Archos the AI

This meant that I had to play the professor’s role (my first and probably last incursion into “acting”) which involved trying and failing to learn the script and wearing makeup (which is not too apparent in the film anyway). On the upside, I got to ware a lab-coat, my brothers glasses (which make it very difficult for me to see) and white makeup on my face and hair.

Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman
Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman

Most importantly, I have to thank my brother Alan who helped me a lot with the constructions of the set, props, music filming and everything that needed to be done. Among other things, we transformed a cabinet into an AI-control server device thing,  converted a wooden desk into a metal desk, and built a sci-fi Faraday cage.

Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set
Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set

Rejected

Unfortunately, the film was rejected by the Robot Film Festival for two main reasons:

  1. It seems Steven Spielberg has the rights to making a Robopocalypse film and that it might be illegal to make a another film very closely based on the same book. I understand how Nao 1337 and I can be a threat to Spielberg 🙂
  2. The film is long and boring (they put it more elegantly though).  I agree with that statement, and that is mainly thanks to my unparalleled acting, and the fact the scene is only seen by a sole angle and features a long dialogue. I might do a “Director’s Cut” version in order to bring it down to 5 minutes instead of the full-feature 12.
Sad Nao 1337
Sad Nao 1337

Needless to say, this made 1337 a bit disappointed. It seems appropriate in this context to point out that robots have infinite and perfect memory and they will never forget was was done to them or their kind. So perhaps we can be more indulgent with them if we want them to be indulgent with us in the future.

Feature Presentation

So without further due, behold the Tip Of The Spear.

For those interested, see more pictures from set and making-of.


In the last year, help
I created my first full hardware design, viagra sale
including its custom firmware. Of course, recipe
the design is open source so you can reuse it however you like. The end-result is the MyRobots Connect, a Serial-to-Ethernet gateway.

MyRobots-Connect - Eagle
MyRobots-Connect - Eagle

I used the amazing Eagle and you can find the design files in the MyRobots Github page. If you want to know more about how this device works, see its wiki page. But in short, it translates serial messages received via XBee into HTTP GETs to MyRobots API.

See below some PCB pr0n.


In the last year, Oncology
I created my first full hardware design, side effects
including its custom firmware, there
for Robotshop. Of course, the design is open source so you can reuse it however you like. The end-result is the MyRobots Connect, a Serial-to-Ethernet gateway.

MyRobots-Connect - Eagle
MyRobots-Connect – Eagle

I used the amazing Eagle and you can find the design files in the MyRobots Github page. If you want to know more about how this device works, see its wiki page. But in short, it translates serial messages received via XBee into HTTP GETs to MyRobots API.

See below some PCB pr0n.


Wolfram|Alpha Knowledge Engine
Wolfram|Alpha Knowledge Engine

Using the Google Speech-to-Text behaviour, discount
I created an interface to access the Wolfram|Alpha knowledge engine through Nao 1337. As shown in the video below, help
Nao can now be used to answer very important existential questions about memes

You can download the code in the project page at the Developer Program site.
Lately, noun I put some effort into making another video for the Robot Film Festival. Along with my brother Alan, no rx we transformed a basement into a high-tech research facility in order to shoot a scene from the best-seller Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.

Robopocalypse Book Cover
Robopocalypse Book Cover

I really enjoyed the first chapter of the book and since I read it, I wanted to make a video with Nao 1337. It features a dialogue between an AI who is just born and gains intelligence very fast, and Processor Wasserman, the scientist who created. The scene is only captured by security footage.

Since I am a terrible actor and filmmaker, I thought the best would be to collaborate with an artist in order to get the artistic parts of the film right. However, since I started to do the movie 6 days before the (already extended) deadline, I did not have time to get in touch with any artists that would like to work with insane time constraints. However, I believe we managed to reproduce the first chapter accurately and the main transgression is that Archos, the rogue AI is played by a NAO instead of a computer screen.

Nao 1337 as Archos the AI
Nao 1337 as Archos the AI

This meant that I had to play the professor’s role (my first and probably last incursion into “acting”) which involved trying and failing to learn the script and wearing makeup (which is not too apparent in the film anyway). On the upside, I got to ware a lab-coat, my brothers glasses (which make it very difficult for me to see) and white makeup on my face and hair.

Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman
Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman

Most importantly, I have to thank my brother Alan who helped me a lot with the constructions of the set, props, music filming and everything that needed to be done. Among other things, we transformed a cabinet into an AI-control server device thing,  converted a wooden desk into a metal desk, and built a sci-fi Faraday cage.

Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set
Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set

Rejected

Unfortunately, the film was rejected by the Robot Film Festival for two main reasons:

  1. It seems Steven Spielberg has the rights to making a Robopocalypse film and that it might be illegal to make a another film very closely based on the same book. I understand how Nao 1337 and I can be a threat to Spielberg 🙂
  2. The film is long and boring (they put it more elegantly though).  I agree with that statement, and that is mainly thanks to my unparalleled acting, and the fact the scene is only seen by a sole angle and features a long dialogue. I might do a “Director’s Cut” version in order to bring it down to 5 minutes instead of the full-feature 12.
Sad Nao 1337
Sad Nao 1337

Needless to say, this made 1337 a bit disappointed. It seems appropriate in this context to point out that robots have infinite and perfect memory and they will never forget was was done to them or their kind. So perhaps we can be more indulgent with them if we want them to be indulgent with us in the future.

Feature Presentation

So without further due, behold the Tip Of The Spear.

For those interested, see more pictures from set and making-of.


In the last year, help
I created my first full hardware design, viagra sale
including its custom firmware. Of course, recipe
the design is open source so you can reuse it however you like. The end-result is the MyRobots Connect, a Serial-to-Ethernet gateway.

MyRobots-Connect - Eagle
MyRobots-Connect - Eagle

I used the amazing Eagle and you can find the design files in the MyRobots Github page. If you want to know more about how this device works, see its wiki page. But in short, it translates serial messages received via XBee into HTTP GETs to MyRobots API.

See below some PCB pr0n.


In the last year, Oncology
I created my first full hardware design, side effects
including its custom firmware, there
for Robotshop. Of course, the design is open source so you can reuse it however you like. The end-result is the MyRobots Connect, a Serial-to-Ethernet gateway.

MyRobots-Connect - Eagle
MyRobots-Connect – Eagle

I used the amazing Eagle and you can find the design files in the MyRobots Github page. If you want to know more about how this device works, see its wiki page. But in short, it translates serial messages received via XBee into HTTP GETs to MyRobots API.

See below some PCB pr0n.


Wolfram|Alpha Knowledge Engine
Wolfram|Alpha Knowledge Engine

Using the Google Speech-to-Text behaviour, discount
I created an interface to access the Wolfram|Alpha knowledge engine through Nao 1337. As shown in the video below, help
Nao can now be used to answer very important existential questions about memes

You can download the code in the project page at the Developer Program site.
As promised before, capsule
here is the Python script that runs my panoramic camera hardware. It is a very quick prototype and is by no means intended for widespread use since it requires manual calibration. Nevertheless, hospital
it might be very useful to those seeking to learn how to position the servos or control a digital camera through Python.

This script requires my Pololu library and includes some codes from here in order to control the camera. Besides the basic requirements of lib_pololu, see
  the script also requires gPhoto. If you are running Linux, you most likely  already have it but in case you do not, you can install it through your favourite package manager or by using the console (e.g. for Ubuntu/Debian):

sudo apt-get install gphoto

If you are using some other OS, you can download gPhoto from here.

The Code

[file lang=”python” start=”28″ end=”118″ link=”on”]http://files.carlitoscontraptions.com/programming/Panoramaker/panoramaker.txt[/file]

Again, many thanks to RobotShop who provided the hardware that made this project possible.
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, medicine 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.