Is RFID a Hobbyist Tool Yet?

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Engadget, one of our favorite online sources of interesting and “wow” technology stuff, just ran an article on super-RFID tags and the Department of Homeland Security. The obvious twist on that story is the invasion of privacy angle, and of course that is a serious concern. But it also got us thinking more deeply about the application of RFID tags to more mundane problems - like how your robot might know its location and how it might follow you around . . .


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The Secret To Robot Humor (Video)

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As every good comedian and humorist finds out sooner or later, the real key to getting belly laughs from your audience is to connect with them at a gut level, and the key to establishing that connection is to choose the right audience. So, it’s no surprise that when Daniel H. Wilson, the author of How To Survive A Robot Uprising, visited Google recently to talk about the book, and tell a few robot jokes, he found a very receptive audience.


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New Magazine Out

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Ollie, at earthrobot.com, was kind enough to send me a heads-up about a new magazine that is hot off the presses, and really looks - well, how can I put it? What's the word? Oh, yeah, I know - HOT!


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Robo-One Guide Published by Ohmsha

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Ohmsha, the scientific and engineering book publisher, has a new 'mook' out that covers Robo-One in a great deal of detail. 'Mook', if you're not already familiar with the term, is uniquely Japanese publishing format that combines the best aspects of a magazine with a book. Billed as the 'Robo-One Official Guide', and authored by the Robo-One committee, it speaks with some authority on the subject.


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Philip K Dick Android



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J. Marshall Pittman is pictured in the photo with the new Philip K Dick android. PKD, for those that aren't aware, wrote numerous short stories and novel. Most of his stories were Science Fiction - usually with some strange twist, and many of them have been made into popular movies.



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Recommended Resources – Books, Magazines, and other good robot related stuff

Since you found your way to this page, you must be as addicted to robotics and experimenting as much as I am, and are always on the look out for good robot and technology books and magazines. You'll find some of my favorites listed below along with comments about the author.

Phillip Torrone is famous for the art of the 'quick and dirty' hack. He takes an old digital camera lying around on the shelf, mashes it with a Radio Shack 555 timer chip ($1.50) and a few wires. In less than an hour he has the camera setup to automatically take endless photos until it runs out of memory space or the batteries run down. The next morning he has the hacked camera taking aerial photos hung from a kite! He writes regularly for Engadget, Popular Science, Make Magazine, and other publications. His articles and book contributions are always interesting, well documented with photos and how-to information, and best of all - they're fun to read even if you don't attempt every one of his hacks.

Phillip Torrone: Flash Enabled: Flash Design and Development for Devices

Phillip Torrone: Flash Enabled: Flash Design and Development for Devices

Flash development applied to the real world! "In Flash Enabled: Flash Design & Development for Devices, a talented group of leading-edge Flash developers describe how to create compelling Flash content for everything from cell phones to TVs to ATMs and more."

: Make: Technology on Your Time

Make: Technology on Your Time

The ultimate garage hacker's dream magazine."MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life and celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend your technology to your will. MAKE ignites your ingenuity and connects you with your fellow "Makers."

Myke Predko’s “day job” is managing the server and high performance system tests for Celestica, but in his off hours he’s authored more than a dozen books on a wide range of electronics and engineering topics. Myke is frequently in demand to give presentations for major robotics events, and is known for his ability to explain complex topics in a very simple and easy to understand manner, without dumbing things down for the audience.

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Myke Predko: 123 Robotics Experiments for the Evil Genius (TAB Robotics)

A step by step introduction to robotics using inexpensive parts. Walks you through the creation of simple robots and experiments while making the learning process fun. 

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Myke Predko: Programming Robot Controllers

Myke does an excellent job of covering one of the most difficult and complex aspects of building a robot – how to program the controller and interface your robot to the real world.

 

My ratings will usually range from to since my mother always told me, "if you don't have anything good to say, keep your mouth shut." So, if I honestly feel that something doesn't at least rate a , I'm not going to waste your time by posting a negative review here.

Note: If you have a favorite book or magazine that you don't see on this list and would like to share it, please feel free to send me the information so I can check it out as a possible addition.

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