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Bangalore Workshop

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Being the first of its kind in Bangalore, this year an introductory workshop about the working of a Line Following robot was conducted at the M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology on the 8th of October. In addition the Robotix 2012 events were also publicized and the audience responded enthusiastically to this opportunity to display their Rob... continue reading

Romancing Python : Part 4

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About C++ : Almost everything said for Java also applies for C++, just more so: where Python code is typically 3-5 times shorter than equivalent Java code, it is often 5-10 times shorter than equivalent C++ code! Anecdotal evidence suggests that one Python programmer can finish in two months what two C++ programmers can’t complete in a year. Pyt... continue reading

Romancing Python : Part 3

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In this not very long post, lets see how Python, Javascript and Perl compare. Python’s “object-based” subset is roughly equivalent to JavaScript. Like JavaScript (and unlike Java), Python supports a programming style that uses simple functions and variables without engaging in class definitions. However, for JavaScript, that’s all there is. Pyt... continue reading

Romancing Python : Part 2

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In this and a series of following articles, we take you through brief comparisons between programming languages concentrate on language issues only so you can figure out which one is best for your use. In practice, the choice of a programming language is often dictated by other real-world constraints such as cost, availability, training, and pri... continue reading

Romancing Python : Part I

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Even though you are free to pick a language (and a third party NLP library written in the same) of your choice to attempt a solution to the online programming event, Echelon, at Robotix 2012, there are certain reasons we recommend Python (and Python - NLTK) to beginners. Let us have a look at the general picture. If you do much work on compute... continue reading

DIY : Attempting 'Echelon' in Java

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Though carrying out Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Robotix 2012 event Echelon might seem a daunting task, the tools for such are readily available online. The programmer need only concern himself with the appropriate usage of these tools to achieve his ends. This article deals with doing so using Java. And if you’re one of those who i... continue reading

Freshers' RoboSoccer Challenge 2011 !

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[caption id=”attachment_122” align=”alignright” width=”300” caption=”The RoboSoccer Challenge”][/caption] The Freshers’ RoboSoccer Challenge conducted this year turned out to be a delight with participants being mighty enthusiastic about making and playing with their very first Robots! Though in principle these robots were merily differential... continue reading

Of Humanoids and How We Are Getting There

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Biomimicry is one of the most inspiring fields around which present day robotics researches revolve. It is our technology exchange with mother nature, who cranks out newer and newer designs that we have never even dreamt of and many that we haven’t been able to figure out yet. The reason being evident that it is one of the most energy efficien... continue reading

DIY : Using Lego Kits

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LEGOMindstorms ® NXT ® is a product offered by the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of toys, LEGO. It ships as a kit, which consists of the NXT or the CPU, various components such as axles, gears, and other fabricated plastic parts that make it very easy to assemble and modify your robot quickly. Creating good looking robots really easily see... continue reading

DIY : PID For Line Following

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At slower speeds, line following is pretty simple - if the sensors say it is going left, steer right and if going right, steer left. This process has its limitations though, mainly when the speed is increased. This is when a PID controller starts to shine. PID stands for** Proportional, Integral and Derivative**. A **PID **controller is a mat... continue reading