Category Archives: Devices

Can’t Wait to Play With This

Today is HomePod launch day in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, and as promised, the speaker is now on display and available to purchase at most of Apple’s retail stores in each of those countries. HomePod box via Kris Jones on Twitter HomePod has already received rave reviews for its sound quality from…

via HomePod is Now Widely Available at Apple Stores — MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories

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Make Bigger!

Researchers at Newcastle University, U.K. believe they’ve discovered a differently evolved form of stereo vision in mantises. The research team studied the phenomenon in the insects precisely as one would hope — by attaching a pair of tiny 3D glasses to their bug eyes. Read More

via Researchers discovered a new kind of stereo vision by putting tiny 3D glasses on mantises — TechCrunch

Hexapod then and now.

spider robot

My hexapod from 2000 had a PIC 16C84F and the servo leg positions for its gaits were precomputed,  the data filled the entire micro-controller.  Linear interpolated gait look-up tables were the way to go. It seems that the approach is still a sound one.  http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/31/watch-this-robot-learn-to-walk-off-an-injury/