Hello from London


#1

Hi everyone!

LIke @CarlC I’m based in the UK and with him founded UKNAO, the developer organisation for NAO robots based in the UK. We organised a bunch of hackathons, meetup and a conference but with the declining number of NAO devs it would be good to be involved in a more general robotics community.

I don’t have as impressive a collection of robots as Carl, but like him, I’m a NAO developer:
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I’m also working on upgrading a radio-controlled K9 toy to be more autonomous. I’m almost done with the hardware (powered by 2 Raspberry PI’s: one for motor control and camera and the other for audio input and output).

Not related to robotics but I’ve also been having fun with retro computing recently. I assembled this replica of a PDP-11 front panel and am getting to grips with running 1970s software on emulated PDP-11 hardware. I’ve got it hooked up with a 1990s vintage terminal here:

I’m more of a software engineer though and code in python, java, C#, javascript mostly at the moment. I’m spending a large chunk of my time on machine vision (with OpenCV) and machine learning (mostly with tensorflow).

I have a long-suffering family who puts up with my eccentricities including a wife who’s heavily into 3D printing as well as being a professional photographer.


#2

Hello, welcome to the site and thanks for the intro.

I know I am looking forward to your projects and contribtions to the site and industry.

Coding is a big part of robotics that I believe is overlooked in the industry, especially by beginners like myself. I am sure that your contributions will be valuable.

@CarlC thank you for the referral to the site. Both of you have some amazing work. Looking forward to seeing what you will share with us here.


#3

Hello!!!

I’m just shaking my head here with the astonishing, extraordinarily, outrageously impressive things you all are doing and posting on this site.

Considering this is just the start of things, I wouldn’t even venture where this is all going…

Infinity and Beyond… :+1:t2::sunglasses:


#4

Thanks for the welcome! :grinning:


#5

Hi ,

Great to see you here and really looking forward to seeing K9 up and running

Carl