Robotic Telepresence

We have been experimenting recently with a new tool from Double Robotics known as robotic telepresence.

Basically the idea is something like this:  imagine having an iPad stuck on top of a Segway that you can remotely drive around.

Iona on a Double Robotics robot in my office

This is what it looked like when my daughter Iona used it to check out my newly painted (orange obviously!) office.

The left hand side is the screen of her laptop, the right is what I saw as she followed m down the hallway.

We have been using the robots for remotely attending meetings, giving presentations, and attending conferences.

How would you feel about us coming to […]

By |2014-10-24T09:50:00-05:00October 24th, 2014|Categories: Robotics|Tags: , |0 Comments

Where is Wolcott? :: Lego Robotics

Picture of Lego Robotics Tournament at Wolcott High School

If you are anywhere near Wolcott, Connecticut tomorrow (and you can find it), you should definitely stop by Wolcott High School and sample the Lego Robotics tournament put on an FIRST Robotics Team MAX 1071.

This year middle school kids are learning about senior living and have built and programmed robots to complete associated tasks as well as putting together presentations and more.

It’s an awesome program.  Here are some of the tasks:


Learn more about the program here.

:: Justin ::

By |2012-11-30T21:17:29-05:00November 30th, 2012|Categories: Robotics|Tags: , , |0 Comments

FIRST Robotics – 2012 Season Kickoff

Video on a Game that was revealed in the First Robotics Season 2012

It’s a very exciting day in the FIRST Robotics calendar, the day the game is revealed and the six week build season starts.

It looks like a great game this year.  I am particularly fond of the bonus points for balancing with an opposition robot at the end of the game.

If you’ve got high school kids, they really ought to be taking a serious look at joining a FIRST team like MAX1071 here at Wolcott High School.

Just two years after building robots, Iona is now building satelites with NASA’s Chief Technologist!

:: Justin ::

By |2012-01-07T14:20:06-05:00January 7th, 2012|Categories: Robotics|Tags: |2 Comments

Wolcott is where the robots are at

This weekend was the 3rd Annual Where Is Wolcott Invitational (or WIWI) as we like to call it.  This is where Team MAX, build the game field from this years FIRST Robotics game in the Wolcott High School gym and runs a day long competition.

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This was our biggest competition ever with 23 teams.  Three of them were particularly cool.  We had one team made up of mentors from any of the competing teams who wanted a shot at driving a robot (I found out quite how difficult it was).  We […]

By |2010-06-07T14:25:02-05:00June 7th, 2010|Categories: Robotics|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Great Day of Robotics in New Jersey


Yesterday, we started early (5:30am at the high school) and took a small, crack team down to Bridgewater, New Jersey to compete in their invitational the Bridgewater-Raritan Battle Royale.

In many ways the point of the trip was to bring back the field for our tournament next week, but not only did we compete, we won!

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By |2010-06-06T04:06:35-05:00June 6th, 2010|Categories: Robotics|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Where is Wolcott?

Where Is Wolcott Invitational logo

on June 5th Team MAX 1071 will be hosting the Where Is Wolcott Invitational.  This is an opportunity for FIRST Robotics to come and compete at this year’s game Breakaway in a slightly more relaxed environment.

We have a great time hosting the event and we add some fun twists.

One of these is having a “Mentor Team”.  Team GUS is very generously letting old fogies use their spare robots and mentors from any team can sign up to take on the students.  If you are interested, sign up here.

If you’ve never been to a robotics even, then you […]

By |2010-04-30T11:37:04-05:00April 30th, 2010|Categories: Robotics|Tags: , |2 Comments

Robots in the News

Image of an article from the Waterbury Republican-American

A nice article from the Waterbury Republican-American.  You can click on the images for full size versions.  Seeing Kyle, Matt and Kevin (all freshmen) there working on the robots reminds me how soccer helps kids get smarter.  The only member of the drive team I hadn’t coached came from out of town,  and a lot of the rest of the team has been through the ranks of one soccer team or another of mine! (isn’t it cool what you can take credit for!) :-)

:: Justin ::

By |2010-04-04T15:23:12-05:00April 4th, 2010|Categories: Robotics|Tags: , |0 Comments
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