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OpenNI - stuff to add

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If I remember correctly the depth map is converted to signed ints for convienence - I don't remember their min or max values .. I don't think I used SimpleOpenNI (middle middle) software before either - so don't know if they put on any parts :P

But what I DO know is that this should be improved.

Services - Remix

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Some services in MyRobotLab are composites of other services.  This allows for more structure, complexity and higher functionality.  Tracking, InMoov, Plantoid are a few examples of services which contain other services.

Morse - Worky ! (but snail-like)

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Got "cat and mouse" tutorial to start on Morse.


  • OpenSource 
  • Pretty much written all in Python
  • Well organized and active project
  • Tight Blender integration
  • Supports other Middlewares YARP, MOOS, ROS(who?)
  • Many devices and sensors already supported
  • Large following? (I think)


Eye Glasses for the Kinect

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I got a Nyko ZOOM for the Kinect in the mail today from Amazon for $6.99.  These are my results so far.
It advertises as 40% less distance the kinect should still work.  Here are 2 images :

We now can support (N) - servos

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Name Binding in MyRobotLab & Blender is done(ish)  Now, it is easy to support (N) number of servos.  
Binding is very easy to do.  You just name the object with the rotational pivot the same as the MRL's servo name and create a single actuator with the same name with the appropriate axis of rotation.  

Cool Legs

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Mastablasta linked this project - very cool legs


Toolbox with legs !

Request for Swiss Elvish Help - Bridge Building....

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Ahoy Gareth & Elves  !

Now that we threw a few grappling hooks across for the Blender Bridge I was wondering if you could demo / explain how a servo "joint" is made in InMoov.

I like the way Blender expects everything to be named .. this is a MRL mantra too.

I was hoping to capitalize on this in this way :

New IRobot Product

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We better get busy...
Must teach InMov to get beer AND clean floors ...
One robot to do it all ! :D

Virtual InMoov - has been Bridged

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Ahahah...  it should say "Virtual good times" ...  this is nice .. the virtual Arduino is now talking all the way back to the MRL Arduino  GOOD TIMES !  What does this mean?  virtual sensors? virtual events? ??? 


MRL Central Home Control Automation and Monitoring - Wifi, Bluetooth, & IR

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I will be making a MRL Central Home Hub - similar to the Logitech Harmony Hub, KickStarter Anymote, and several other home controlling units (e.g. Nest)

create a central inexpensive smart hub to do all the translating from network to whatever device needs to be controlled..  could be IR appliance (tv, dvd, cablebox), BlueTooth for Arduino (sensor, current consumption, hydrometer, barometer, switch monitor), Wifi for REST, and network control