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ElderBots visits Laurel View Village

We recently visited beautiful Laurel View Village in Davidsville near Johnstown.  Present were their staff along with representatives of the Johnstown School District and the Johnstown Christian School.  Everyone was excited about Romibo and the prospect of running a program … Continue reading

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App Submitted!

Just submitted the app for review. If accepted, it will be ready for distribution on the Apple App Store!

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Nub View Updates

In addition to minor interface tweaks, I have spent the past few days working with the nub views (driving, head tilting, and emotion). The emotion nub replaces the buttons and allows for smooth transitions between colors. Additionally, the movement of … Continue reading

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New interface

The fiber optic cables on Romibo’s antennae are not really effective because they are rather dim and face the back.  In the new interface I created, the iPad app changes color based on Romibo’s emotion.  It conforms to more of … Continue reading

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Steer Romibo by Tilting the iPad!

Continuing from a couple days ago, I have finished fine-tuning the accelerometer control as well as resolving an issue of constraining the driving nub’s location. Now, if the controllers need to take their eyes off the screen, they can still … Continue reading

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Accelerometer-based driving

The latest improvement I’m working on is an easier way to steer the robot using the iPad’s accelerometer. It is a challenging (and time-consuming) task! It took me some hours to compare different options and understand how to use the … Continue reading

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Suvir’s progress

First of all, Suvir is WAY too modest. We have a media superstar as an intern! We’re confident he can do great things for the Romibo robot. http://www.post-gazette.com/newimmigrants/2014/06/09/Pittsburgh-s-new-immigrants-Local-students-symbolize-Asian-success-story/stories/201406090067 Romibo has great potential- especially for open-source development by folks like Suvir … Continue reading

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Driving Lockout

Set Romibo on a table? Save it from accidentally falling off with the new “lockout” functionality available from the iPad app. It will disable all driving control within the app. I established this setting using NSUserDefaults and a UISlider within … Continue reading

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Chirping and Wiggling

I finished yesterday’s task today. It took a while to get the sound file to work, but Romibo now chirps occasionally when you pet him. (The chirp is really loud though – will work on a way to change volume). … Continue reading

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First task

Today, I “got my feet wet” with Romibo programming. It took a couple of hours to setup the IDE, skim through the libraries, and write a few small programs. My first task was to make Romibo “wiggle”, blink, and “chirp” when you … Continue reading

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