I had a chance to build the iitsii Robugtix hexapod and took some time to play with BigFoot Inverse Kinematics engine that comes with the platform. The engine really simplifies the gait management with the six legged platform. The build was easy, even though you have to manually position 18 servo motors by hand. The documentation is great and includes a serial command reference if you want to do some arduino interfacing work.
The MorphHex robot looks to be an interesting and rapidly evolving robot type. There is a nice write up on it and other types at vice.com.
I’ve been playing more with slow motion video on IOS. Here is a shot from Hot Springs, Arkansas:
Hot Springs from Rich Thompson on Vimeo.
I also took a very creepy carnival ride shot:
Memphis Cotton Carnival from Rich Thompson on Vimeo.
I went down a rabbit hole working on OSX ACLs, luckily this page on OSX ACLs was around to help out.
I got tired of having to remind myself how to setup handbrake for DVD ripping. Yes I am ripping my own DVDs for Kindle, iPad, iPod and Android Tablets. Here are the fast instructions for Windows 64-bit computers DVD ripping and the software is all free.
- Make sure you rename your downloaded file to libdvdcss.dll and *do not* leave it named libdvdcss-2.dll as you have downloaded it.
- Copy this libdvdcss.dll file to the /Program Files/HandBrake/ folder.
- Run Handbrake. You may get a startup error when you run the program. Close it and run the program again.
- Find you source video by clicking the source button in handbrake and choosing your DVD.
- Select the iPad preset since it will be most compatible.
- Set you destination folder by selecting the browse button by the Destination line. Choose the desktop of your computer so you can find the video and move it to your kindle or other device.
- On the kindle the file will show up in the Gallery…not Videos. Genius.
Over at RJ McNamara’s Blog, he has put together a new Quad Holomonic Drive Robot based on the LEGO® NXT. The robot uses dual Rotacaster® Omni-wheels on each of the four axis’s and four LEGO® NXT Ultrasonic Sensors.
Head on over to RJ McNamara’s Blog and check it out.
My July 2011 Screenshot features lots of use of GeekTool on Mac OSX. I made a multi-layered wallpaper and embedded GeekTool information.
Pictures and video from the Fall 2010 Soccer season.
September 2010 Holy Rosary Soccer from Rich Thompson on Vimeo.
Experimenting with slow motion at the Memphis Zoo in July of 2010.
June 2010 at the Memphis Zoo from Rich Thompson on Vimeo.