Bolt – Boston’s hardware accelerator opens

Bolt - Boston's hardware accelerator opens
  Bolt, Ben Einstein’s hardware and robotics accelerator in Boston, today announced the close of their first funding round and the opening of the first round of applications for 2013 hardware startups. Bolt has a 4000 sq ft high end prototyping shop under their offices in the Downtown Crossing district and plans to open the ...

Control of Mobile Robots: Week 2 Review

Another interesting week in mobile robotics control theory through the free on-line course, “Control of Mobile Robots” Hosted by Coursea.com and presented by Dr. Egerstedt of Georgia Institute of Technology. This weeks topic: Mobile Robots What do you need to move a robot from point A to point B in an autonomous manner, avoiding obstacles, ...

Our first members!

Our first members!
Welcome to all our first members, starting with Greg and Michelle Thompson, of Livermore! They’ve signed up for a 6 month ‘early bird’ family membership special! Our membership form is finally online and includes the always important waiver of liability document. You can drop in to Robot Garden (free or donation) but there is a ...

Shop Equipment Refurbishment #3

Greeting enthusiast Here’s another equipment refurb update. Table Grinder: Cleaned and remounted to grinder table. Re-oiled slidrers and grinder table slide, re-wired and secured power and switch. Removed old grinder disk. This was glued onto the grinder wheel. Discovered of testing that the motor bearings are wearing considerably. After testing the grinder, it was determined ...

Control of Mobile Robots: Week 1 Review

Greetings fellow enthusiasts! Here is a review of week 1 of the free web course, “Control of Mobile Robots”. Presented by Dr. Magnus Egerstedt of Georgia Tech. School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. General comment, I am only giving a very brief and high level review so please investigate more in control theory to fully ...

i-GATE and Robot Garden host FTC competition

i-GATE and Robot Garden host FTC competition
On January 26th, i-GATE and Robot Garden hosted our a FIRST Tech Challenge competition. A huge thanks to all of the volunteers who came out to make this event a success and congratulations to all the teams to competed. Thanks also to Livermore Mayor John Marchand for making time to come out and meet the ...

Homebrew Robotics & Hacker Dojo

Homebrew Robotics & Hacker Dojo
I spoke about Robot Garden and Silicon Valley Robotics at Google HQ last night to the monthly Homebrew Robotics Club meeting. The crowd was 135+ which was one of their largest ever meetings and the first half of the meeting was given over to robot show and tell, which ranged from Kentucky bots built by ...

Shop Equipment Refurbishment #2

Greetings to all patiently waiting enthusiasts. Here is part two of the shop equipment project. This past Sunday, from 2pm-4pm, the electrical systems for the motors on the band saw and drill press were carefully gone over. The band saw drive motor took some time. It was very dirty, layered in corrosion, but all went ...

Alex Reben – roboticist in residence

Alex Reben - roboticist in residence
Robot Garden’s first ‘roboticist in residence’ is Alexander Reben, artist, engineer and human interaction designer. Alex came to our first Robot Garden open evening and gave a presentation on Boxie ‘the needy robot’. Boxie was initially created for his Masters thesis at MIT Media Lab but is evolving into a film making robot, or robots, ...

Coursera: Free Technical Courses On-line: “Artificial Intelligence Planning”

Two for the price of FREE! Another course that I will be blogging about is “Artificial Intelligence Planning”, offered through Coursera by the University of Edinburgh. https://www.coursera.org/course/aiplan Check it out, sign up, and stay tuned! — Jim