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Bastille day 2014: Reading & robots

Last year Robbie and I attended the Bastille day festival in Reading. This year we'll back back with reinforcements! Carl Clement with Byron and Mike McFarlane with Mistcalf will also be joining us.
Carl, Byron, Robbie and I were in Reading recently for an interview and photoshoot with the local newspaper (for the record its Dr. Snowdon, not Mr. Snowden and Robbie not Robby)

NAO in Reading for Bastille day

This year my NAO robot was invited to celebrate Bastille Day in Reading. Four Frenchmen – Boubacar Dembélé, Eric Leray, Vincent Valère and Frédéric Kayrouz – were organising a Bastille Day event in Reading and, since NAO is made by the French company Aldebaran Robotics they asked if I could bring NAO along for a demo.

2013 NAO London Hackathon

At 6pm on Friday 30th August at Queen Mary University London, the second UKNAO London NAO hackathon kicked off.

We had 42 attendees from 6 countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, USA).

Hack The Tower - 9th February 2013

Tower 42

On 9th February I took part in the February Hack The Tower event organised by John Stevenson (@jr0cket). John runs this event as a sort of one-day hackathon for the London Java, Scala, Clojure & Salesforce developer communities and one of its compelling features is the diverse mix of developers who attend.

UK NAO London hackathon

I haven't posted anything about NAO for a while, which is a shame since it's a great platform and I've been having a lot of fun with it. More details (such as there are) on my NAO project page.

Over the last year or so a group of UK based NAO developers has started to meet semi-regularly and back in March we decided to run our own hackathon based on the NAO. We hoped to get registered NAO developers and other coders together for a weekend of hacking code on the NAO.

Alas poor Nao, I knew him well

I just upgraded the head of my NAO robot to a NAO next gen head. The old head needs to go back to Aldebaran, but before that I could not resist having a little fun. Ghene Snowdon took my initial shots and edited them in photoshop to create the images below.


NAO hypnotist

Since I got my NAO I have not had time to do as much coding as I would have liked. I decided to give myself a simple project in order to get myself started and try out some programming in Choreographe and learn a bit about the NAOqi runtime. I don't know why I decided to try and get NAO to pretend to hypnotise people.

UK NAO developers meeting

After some discussion on Aldebaran Robotics Developer program's forum a few of the UK developers decided to meetup in London. We were lucky enough to be joined by Jerome Monceaux, the architect of the NAO platform and Akim, the developer program community manager who came over from Paris to spend the day with us.

After introducing ourselves, the first order of business was a little surgery on Tim's NAO to replace some stripped screws on the battery compartment.

NAO photoshoot

My wife (a portrait and wedding photographer) thought the NAO was so cute she insisted on a portrait session:


I've justs got hold of a NAO from Aldebaran robotics. I'll be using this project to keep track of my progress,

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