Kinect - Part 3

It’s been well over a year since my last update. I apologize for that but in between school, life, and some really fun projects, I have some really promising progress to share. On my last update for the Kinect, I left off with some LabView code that allows anyone to interface with the Kinect. In the time since it was released I have received lots of positive feedback from everyone, so I must first start out by thanking everyone and I hope it will continue to be of good use.…

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Kinect - Part 2

It’s been 4 weeks since I last posted on my Kinect development, and I have some updates to share. First and foremost the code is available to anyone who wants it or to help develop it on github here: https://github.com/RyanGordon/libfreenect/tree/unstable or if you only want the labview code and relevant files: https://github.com/RyanGordon/libfreenect/tree/unstable/wrappers/labview. The library is also making it’s way into the official OpenKinect codebase. Second, the code is now much cleaner and the interface is much better.…

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Kinect - Part 1

So I disappear for 3 weeks… What have I been up to? Well, I’ve been up to this: What is this you ask? This is a piece of software that is actually a programming language. It’s called LabVIEW and this programming language was built for “real time data acquisition.” Essentially, LabVIEW is a programming language that is built for things that need to happen in “real time” and also allows for analysis and debugging in “real time” which is much different then any other programming language out there.…

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Robotic's 2010: Where I've been for the past 8 weeks

This is the robot we’ve been working on strenuously (think 16 hour work days out of one of NASA’s machine shops) for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Silicon Valley Regional held at San Jose State University. This year’s competition is to, in it’s simplest form, play soccer. Our robot contains a ball magnet for good for ball control and a pneumatic powered kicker to launch the ball.…

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New MyBB Merge System

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I have been preoccupied with school and other activities so I haven’t had as much time here. However, I’ve found a few moments to show off the new UI changes to the MyBB Merge System that have been in development for the past several months. The main greeting page: This page is largely the same in previous releases, but the version number is now shown always in the header so users can more easily provide the version number and make sure they are running an updated version.…

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Robotics: Where have I been?

For the past month, I’ve been working with my school’s Robotics team. We took on a 6-week intensive project on building a robot that in the end results in a 120 pound, 5 ft tall robot. That video was taken after 22 hours of straight work (9:00 AM Sunday-5:00AM Monday last week) at 3:00 AM in the morning at NASA Aimes in California, the day the robot was due to be shipped off.…

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The 5 stepping stones of creation

  1. Never be idiot-proof Never develop your application to “second-guess” or “compensate.” Doing so will only give the impression that the application is smarter then it actually is, and eventually intent-errors will plague you. Remember, computers are built on the foundation that it cannot guess correctly what you want. That is why everything is explicit.
  2. Expect the unexpected There is absolutely no doubt that you will run into issues you never dreamed you would encounter with your application.

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MyBB... I like the way you 'Copyright'

After reading the blog posts on Dennis’s “Removing the copyright is a bad idea”, specifically WJ’s blog post, I decided to bring up his point in the staff forum. Resulting will be a new copyright for MyBB 1.4. The current copyright Powered By MyBB Copyright © 2002-2007 MyBB Group Will now become Powered By MyBB, © 2002-2007 MyBB Group. Both Chris and I feel this new copyright should ease up the constroversy and please more people by making it look less like it’s ours and more like it’s yours.…

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MyBB... I like the way you 'Plug In'

MyBB… I like the way you “Plug In” Next up on MyBB, and the first new 1.4 feature to be revealed on my blog, is… Drum roll please Plugin Version Checking! Yep, the new ACP now has a way of checking updating for plugins. It will connect to the MyBB Mods server and returns a list of plugins that need updating. How does it work? GUIDs (globally unique identifiers) are assigned to a plugin after it is submitted.…

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MyBB... I like the way you import?

The whole point of the MyBB Import system is that you can merge databases. You can also select what to import, and what not to import. Now it’s not finished, but I’ll explain what the system does and how easy it really is! The first step - The welcome page! Not all of the converters have been finished, but this shows what will be done by the time 1.4 is released.…

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