[IAEP] XO robotics

Yama Ploskonka yamaplos at gmail.com
Sat Sep 29 10:59:31 EDT 2012

I must apologize about my lack of faith :-)
This is indeed very impressive. The fact that someone was able to 
reproduce the experience is the real success in educational design - 
manage to become "independent" and able, as we want students to be.

On 09/29/2012 01:07 AM, Andres Aguirre wrote:
>> Putting the XO on top of the robot appears to me as a cute photo op thing,
>> not a necessity. It would be amazingly cool if the XO camera would capture
>> images that real time were processed by the XO, or man a sonar sensor, or
>> something. So far I don't think this is happening, and the XO on the
>> platform feels like a pour la gallerie innocent gimmick.
> In fact, the XO is part of the robot and there is a plugin for
> TurtleBlocks that allows to use the camera as a sensor color. (see
> followme plugin)
> Also you could use better debugging tools using the XO, in contrast
> with the option of running the program directly in the
> microcontroller.
> Also students have demonstrated an emotional link to their XOs. This
> can be seen in the
> “customizations” that they have made so turning their XO in a robot
> puts childrens with an open attitude to learn.
>> 1) the PCB were available
>> 2) all parts were locally available, even better as kits, reducing
>> shipping/customs issues
>> I might agree on the "designed to be reproduced by any one".
>> (their page says they are available locally, but give no details)
> You could find some tutorials in
> http://www.fing.edu.uy/inco/proyectos/butia/mediawiki/index.php/Construcci%C3%B3n_Buti%C3%A1_V1.8
> in particular the PCB file for kicad (an open source eda software is
> in our git :
> git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/usb4all/code usb4all-code
> Some days ago, we received a news that make us very happy, a school
> have managed to build they own butia based robot from the scratch and
> they documented all the process and shared it. Please see:
> http://www.liceocarmendurazno.blogspot.com/
> In particular this tutorial is very good!:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzz_fLM2Rpk&feature=player_embedded and
> is part of our objective as project. And I think is the difference of
> a hardware libre project and a open hardware project.
> all the best
> andrés

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