Author Archives: Mike

Quadcopter Magic Revealed

So just last week, at TED2012, Vijay Kumar (of the famed UPenn GRASP lab) gave a short talk on his group’s experiments with quadcopters.  Finally, we get some real details!  Check out the video below:

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FIRST Tech Challenge: Iowa Championship Competition

First off, my congratulations to the students of FIRST Tech Challenge team 5445, the Trohawks, for making it all the way to the Iowa State Championship yesterday!  Buster (the robot) performed wonderfully.  He managed bowling balls, racquetballs, and crates, all … Continue reading

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Clever Quadcopters Play Nicely Together

On the off chance you haven’t seen it yet, the UPenn GRASP Lab has just released yet another impressive video of their performance quadcopters.  This time they’ve got a new “nano” version that’s smaller, lighter, and capable of flying in … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Buck Converters

If you’re like me, the first thing you do when wiring up a new circuit is to connect the power and ground rails (with the power source initially turned off… maybe).  And you’ve probably got at least one power supply … Continue reading

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Buster’s Debut: The FTC Davenport Regional Qualifier

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a mentor for a local FIRST Tech Challenge team (Go Trohawks!) here in Waterloo, IA.  For the past two months, my students have been busy designing, building, and programming Buster, their robot: This … Continue reading

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