memememe2memememe

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From their initial transformation of metal and silicon into objects of desire, infused with social significance and “intelligence”, personalized with biases and ideology, endowed with a flawless memory, always a call away from the mothership… it becomes difficult to declare … Continued

Making These Things Talk

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After self-recognition and awareness, but before any real engagement, the phones must open a channel for communication, and commit to exchange data. Humans and other animals do this in a variety of ways using body language and sounds, and it … Continued

memememe#selfie

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without conversation, there is no self-and-other – Paul Pangaro   If conversation and identity arise together, as proposed by Gordon Pask’s Conversation Theory, what are the consequences (or limitations) of communicating without an other? Can we just as easily construct … Continued

Movement 1.0

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After figuring out the motor protocol and how to control the stewart platform, we could finally start to give the phones some personality and movement.     We started by writing a simple linear movement engine that basically just picked … Continued

On Conversation

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When thinking about communication of any sort, I always find myself coming back to this pair of articles by Hugh Dubberly and Paul Pangaro: What is Interaction? What is Conversation? (image from Paul Pangaro and Hugh Dubberly’s What is conversation?) … Continued

Training Haar Cascades

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For better or worse, most cell phones and digital cameras today can detect human faces, and, as seen in our previous post, it doesn’t take too much effort to get simple face detection code running on an Android phone (or … Continued

Android + OpenCV = ♥ ♥ ♥

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Finally getting our feet wet running OpenCV on an Android device…   Good news!!! The OpenCV people have a framework that simplifies writing, compiling and running OpenCV 2.4 apps for Android devices. You no longer have to download OpenCV source … Continued

First Communication Test

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After some work doing the math and the simulator, we finally got real-time communication going between our simulator and the platform. But, not before re-orienting some of the servo horns (because the AX-12A motors only rotate about 300°), and writing … Continued

Controlling a Stewart Platform

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We tested our AX-12A library and motor driver circuit using one of the motors attached to our platform. We quickly realized that the servos on the platform can’t be driven independently of each other; in most cases, all six motors … Continued

The Dynamixel AX-12A Servos

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We decided to experiment with some Dynamixel AX-12A servos for this project. Despite being a little bit more expensive, this motor has a couple of advantages over the more commonly found TowerPro motors. Mainly, the Dynamixel motors are stronger, daisy … Continued

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