Archive for February, 2008

just_grant.jpgRobot Magazine: VEXplorer Contest

Revell, Innovation First, Inc., Robot magazine and SolidWorks Corporation, with Grant Imahara, are pleased to announce the Grant Imahara VEXplorer Robot Challenge. Grant Imahara is one of the hosts of Discovery Channel’s hit television show Mythbusters. He is a special effects expert who has worked on some of the most famous robots in history, such as R2-D2 and The Energizer Bunny, and is the author of Kickin’ Bot, a book that explains how to build your own combat robot. This contest will give 25 robot enthusiasts a chance to compete for a $5,000 scholarship grand prize and various other prizes.

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links for 2008-02-29

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Rise of the EduBot | Geekdad

2296239800_8994f9571e.jpgRise of the EduBot | Geekdad from Wired.com

And what, pray tell, is Vex? Imagine building your own robot from Erector-esque metal girders and plates. You get to learn about how the gears work, configure tires (rubber tires or plastic treads, small or large?) and program the microcontroller to obey your commands. Everything about Vex (particularly the Vex Robotics Starter Kit) is optimized for educational users. (Pure hobbyists might prefer the Vexplorer.)

Geekdad has a pretty awesome article about VEX and they even link to the video I edited of the Vex Walker. I don’t know when the Walker will make it to market but it will be cool when it does.

The Vex RCR Mini should be on the market in August and it will be a seriously cool kit. The Mini beams have half the hole pitch of the regular Vex so it will be easy to build a bot that is half the size of the Vexplorer.

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Zenoss can now monitor two kinds of traffic.

By hacking at the javascript in the default zenoss template it is possible to add Google Maps traffic overlays to the Zenoss dashboard.

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Submit your own Zenoss tip and get a chance to win an AsusEEE!

The full Google Maps Traffic Report Howto is on the Zenoss Tips and Tricks wiki page or read more for a local copy.

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links for 2008-02-27

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links for 2008-02-26

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