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    Sticky: Re: Introduce yourself!

    Welcome fellow Chicagoland engineer!
  2. Re: How to differentiate between glass and plastic and other materials

    Don't forget the easiest test.... weight. Wouldn't glass be more dense than plastic? It's a goofy appoach to it the problem, but does anyone actually know of transparent plastic weighing more per...
  3. Thread: I'm offended!

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    Re: I'm offended!

    A pirate... hmmm somehow fitting... I think you may fit the role of Hank Rearden much better. The ultimate example of an industrial and intellectual powerhouse.
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    Re: I'm offended!

    Who is John Galt? (Let's see if anyone gets this obsecure reference...)

    BTW... Didn't Nostradamus predict, when Adrenalynn hits 5k, that would be the end of days? (much earlier than that 2012...
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    Re: I'm offended!

    I'll place my bet for Nov. 3rd.
    (thanks for all the awesome postings BTW!!!! keep it up!)
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    Re: Qt and serial programming questions

    QT 4.5 just came out not too long ago and I agree it rocks for simplicity in C++ gui. I just started learning it 2 weeks ago. You can even use QT with OpenCV (with some modifications) Is there...
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    Re: Mech Warfare 2009 Highlights Video

    Actually thanks go out to the shooters, and organizers. All I did was splice some video together. THEY did all the HARD work! :tongue: Thanks for the kind words though!
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    Re: Call to all vision robots

    Don't forget the full blown version. Just using a laptop for the processing. MIT slapped some laptops on some roomba devices for this. serious vision processing = serious processors....
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    Interesting Robots in the newz

    Live science is doing a in-depth series on Robotics starting this monday.
    http://www.livescience.com/technology/090311-robot-madness.html
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    Re: University graduate robotics programs

    Do it! I can just see the advertising now:
    "Unemployed or underemployed? Looking to take over the world? You will need help! Here at Adrenalynn school we will teach to go from weak to geek in...
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    Re: University graduate robotics programs

    Hehe... That's the problem Alex. I don't know of any schools around here that do robotics at a graduate level or higher. The problem wasn't with the list of links, it's with the schools themselves!...
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    Re: University graduate robotics programs

    I noticed one very big hole in that list. NO ILLINOIS schools!!! AGH! DePaul does AI and Computer vision and is -starting- to offer a robotics class here and there but the Chicago area is seriously...
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    News/Announcement Robot Does Breast Biopsy

    Interesting research results from Duke...

    http://www.livescience.com/technology/090217-robot-breast-biopsy.html
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    Just For Fun Re: Are we giving robots too much power?

    Great find! :happy:
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    Sticky: Re: Symbols for expressing equations.

    Sweet! Thanks! This is handy!
  16. Thread: Let's Talk A/V

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    Re: Let's Talk A/V

    1 word. Ebay. Sniff sniff!!!
    When I left the news and sports video business, I sold most of my gear to get the desperately needed cash. Even had my own Steadicam. Now all's that's left is a hand...
  17. Thread: Let's Talk A/V

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    Re: Let's Talk A/V

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!
    That is TOOOOOO SWEET!!!! Yes... you got pro gear. Very cool. You are the rare individual who has pro-experience. Is there anything YOU DON'T DO!!!. You make me feel guilty for...
  18. Thread: Let's Talk A/V

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    Re: Let's Talk A/V

    This will be VERY VERY handy for promotional material for future events!
    That is awesome that you will be getting all this footage. It is VERY noisy there (From what I've seen last year), use a...
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    News/Announcement Re: Merry Christmas to everyone

    Merry Christmas to all! And I am sooooo making a automated snowblower for next year. The weather is REALLY nasty in Chicago right now! :happy:
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    Re: Bricked XBee [Sigh]

    Whew! I am glad I am whole again. :happy:
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    Re: Reccomendations for a CS student

    I agree with Adrenalynn. Phidgets are nice but really pricey and the ssc-32 rocks. Check out the tutorial section and pull up her code she wrote. It'll jump start your project really quick! (plus...
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    Re: Need to Control a Ridiculous Amount of Servos?

    It looks VERY cool... but....
    What about documentation, examples, bridgeware??? I often see really great products that lack any of the additional "support" required for most users. Anyone care to...
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    Re: Some Engineering College Admissions Essays?

    You're in luck... I think most colleges are not looking for what passion you want to bring to the University (since they really just want the money)
    What they typically look for are 2 things...
    1....
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    Bioloid Re: The Ultimate Bioloid Thread

    Tyberius and Adrenalynn are right. Even if you decide to go to other systems... don't go the Java route. I program 90% in java, but in robotics, it is a C, C++, C# World. Save Java for web...
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    Re: 25 Years Of Windows

    Microsoft will just forget about that Windows ME mishap. :happy:
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    Just For Fun Re: AX-12 Smart Arm Web Page Control Demo

    Very nice...
    "So no comments on the AJAX instrument panel motor feedback?"
    I found that if you are looking for things to test out, you may need to be exact. Ask, would you test grabbing a block...
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    Just For Fun Re: Vote for your favorite TRC Member!!

    A real no-brainer for a real brainer.
    Adrenalynn... The talent and vast knowledge exceeds all that is rational in this world. I still don't believe she's human. I think she is a Google...
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    Just For Fun Re: AX-12 Smart Arm Web Page Control Demo

    Tried it again... and YUP! works! Very cool!
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    Just For Fun Re: AX-12 Smart Arm Web Page Control Demo

    Cool idea! Sorry man, I gave it a shot, installed the ActiveX control and got a pop-up error, LinkSY~ Cannot connect error.
    It also crashes the reset of my IE7 sessions. (Windows XP, IE7, latest...
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    Question(s) Re: Getting data from a webcam

    Thanks again! Oh, I do mean the comment above in a most respectful way. Your wealth of information and intelligence on these boards is amazing.:eek:
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    Question(s) Re: Getting data from a webcam

    Thanks All,
    Tyberius, darkback2, I will need to look into Roborealm. Most of what I will be doing is in pure research level, so I check it out to see if that is a possible jumping off point....
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    Question(s) Re: C++, C Serial or USB communications help

    Sweet!!!! Thanks guys!!! I am going to give wireframewolf's and Adrenalynn's answer a try. I see Adrenalynn has exactly the bare-bones code that I am looking for! Brilliant! :veryhappy:
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    Question(s) Re: Getting data from a webcam

    Thanks Adrenalynn! Which C++... I keep forgetting C++ isn't like Java.... many flavors. Tell you the truth... I don't know yet. I haven't messed with C++ in about 6 years.
    I think I am seeing things...
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    Question(s) Getting data from a webcam

    Second question of the day...
    Where can I go to get examples or instructions on using a live webcam or live video camera attached to a Windows XP pc and converting the output to a 2 dimentional...
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    Question(s) C++, C Serial or USB communications help

    Hey all,
    I need the vast collective wisdom here to help guide me on the right path. I am looking to do some programming of sending text down a USB or serial rs-232 in Windows XP. I would normally do...
  36. News/Announcement Re: Autodesk Student Community - Free Autodesk Software

    Just a quick opinion of one who participated with Autodesk and their educational program. I got in touch with Autodesk's Ed. program back in 1992. They were generous enough to provide me with 3D...
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    Just For Fun Re: Stephan Colbert Threat Down!!!

    Speeking of BBS... You know you're old skook when:
    You know what AE lines are and Hayes was the bomb. :)
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    Just For Fun Re: Stephan Colbert Threat Down!!!

    And for those (like me) who feel soooo left out of the texting(and/or) hacking community:
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    Hacker "Sp33k" for leet, or elite. Originating from 31337 "eleet", the UDP port used by Dead Cow Cult,...
  39. Thread: Containers?

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    Re: Containers?

    2 bad ideas...
    1. make it out of heavy card-stock http://www.vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/dm_box/
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    2. I don't know where... but that's about the size of coffee mug boxes. Post office and/or ups...
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    News/Announcement Live or visiting Chicago soon?

    Hey if you're in the area... you may want to check this out...Funky invention contest :)

    Save the date! - A "Show-and-Tell" Program to Showcase Grassroots Innovation - September 20th, 2008 -...
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