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RobotC Q&A

Apr 26, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media  //  No Comments

Hello to all teams going (or gone) to St. Louis! Our team, R.A.B.B.I., is holding a RobotC Q&A session with Xander Soldat, the maker of the RobotC driver suite. You will be able to ask him questions regarding sensors, and robotC in general. Xander will also announce his newest driver suite, coming out sometime in the coming months. We will also (hopefully) have a representative from RobotC attending the event. Before the RobotC Q&A we will have a Samantha help session, and then an advanced RobotC + NXT coures. All of these events will be held at the Hilton Hotel who have graciously donated a conference room. For more information check out the RobotC blog. Hope to see you there!

LED Bulbs

Apr 22, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media  //  No Comments
LED bulbs for FIRST teams
LED Bulbs

We are selling efficient LED bulbs on this website. We are selling the bulbs for 18 dollars each, and you can buy them online and have the bulbs shipped to your house. The money from the bulbs goes to help fund our team, along with 2 dollars from every bulb to Israeli teams to help them get to St. Louis this year. To help out our team, and the Israeli teams, you can purchase efficient LED bulbs from Thanks!


Apr 20, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media  //  2 Comments
Robotic Arm and Artaic
Artaic and Sam

Today, we visited a company called Artaic, which creates mosaics using a robotic arm. If you want a custom mosaic, Artaic is the place to go. They are pretty awesome (check out the link to see some). We learned the process of how a mosaic is built, from start to finish. Here is the simple (yet also pretty complex) process. First, you send a picture to Artaic, and have them (or you) design a mosaic based on the picture. We wanted to see what a picture wold look like once it was converted to a mosaic, and the pictures

Skyscraper Mosaic
Sam and Mosaic
come out stunningly. We then got to see how the mosaics were made, from the first robot that sorts the square tiles from the chipped tiles (I think that is pretty cool….) to the robotics arm that will build the mosaic for you in 1’x1′ sections. Artaic designed the arm so that it could be used to build mosaics, and it is pretty awesome to see. Artaic also has a partnership with Home Depot, and you can build your own custom mosaics. We tried this out too, and it was pretty cool. I wish that I had one in my house :). T-minus 8 days until World Competitions….. See you guys there!

Science Museum

Apr 17, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media  //  4 Comments

Today we were at the science museum, showing off our robot and the Vgo robot from Vgo Communication Inc. We were at the museum to celebrate National Robotics Week, and there were many hords of people that were at the museum to see the robots. We were there on Friday afternoon to setup our robot and our Vgo robot, and this morning we saw that Vgo had a booth, so we brought our robot down to show off along with the other Vgo. It was very fun to show off the telepresence robot to everyone there, especially the kids. There were many other robots there along with the FIRST FTC and FLL robots; iRobot attended bring the roomba, and their own test telepresence robot with omni-wheels and and iPad. Umass Lowell was there with their own robot, and a ARdrone that they hacked to be controlled from the computer with a touch screen, instead of an iPod touch. There was a robot arm that worked underwater, and was controllable via a joystick by children at the museum. LEGO was there with the NXT, along with Tetrix. MakeIt Lab’s was also there, showing off some of the projects that they has created in their MakerSpace (check out maker space’s in you area). We all had a great time, and we all wish that the museum held a robotics event more than once a year. Hmmmm……. :)

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