Dynamixel Servo’s and Robotis Manuals

July 15, 2009

Dear Robotis,

I know that you released your Zig2Serial hardware in the middle of last year (2008), don’t you think that a good solid year, right after the anniversary of the availability of your hardware is a great time to release a manual which describes how your hardware works, how to use it, perhaps comes bundled with the files referenced in your most recent manual for another robot which in fact references the existence of those files which you have kept hidden from us for so long.

Understand, I love your hardware, I really do, just imagine how much more I could love all of it and all of you if you let me in, if you let me see all of your files, all of you.  I really love it that you tell me about them in some of your other manuals but to have access to them, that would be so nice, especially if they were in English.  But, English is not an absolutely necessity, I would gladly read them in Korean or Japanese.

Really all I want is for us to get along,

Love,

Richard

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An Update

May 31, 2009

It has been a while since I last posted.  Here is what is new:

I found myself featured at work on Robots.net, and according to that article we will be in next month’s robot magazine.

Two weeks ago I sat in on and observed a prostatectomy surgery performed by Dr. Ashutosh Tewari at the New York Presbyterian Hospital with a Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.  It was a very interesting surgey to watch because it was not an open surgery, but one with five small port holes to minimize blood loss and recovery time from the surgery.  It was a very cool surgery to watch and the only one I have ever seen where I wore 3D glasses for most ofthe surgery.  The surgery is seen on a monitor and the images are captured by a high definition three dimensional camera.  Also because the robot tools are so small the precision with which the surgery is done is incredible.  If these things interest you watch some of the video’s on the website (not for the squeemish).


Space Shuttles Need Love Too

May 10, 2009

On an entirely different toppic, I was thrilled to learn that NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis has a self destruct sequence, and that NASA is having fun practicing for space disasters check it out.

In case of an emergency, two space shuttle will hold hands, and when the emergency has subsided on shuttle will leave, waving goodbye,  and then the other shuttle would kiss itself good by and self destruct.  I think that two shuttles holding hands is an absolutely adorable idea.


Thanks MIT Technology Review

May 5, 2009

I am always excited when I see something I worked on receive recognition.  I am also always happy when something I have used is part of a world’s first.  Today MIT’s TechnologyReview.com posted an article entitled How to make (robot) friends and influence people.  The article is about the Ibn Sina robot, which I helped build at Hanson Robotics, and how it is the first robot with its own facebook profile and can gather information from its own social network.  

 

Finishing Up the Ibn Sina robot for UAEU

Finishing Up the Ibn Sina robot for UAEU