Kinect and Arduino merged to create fighting robots that mimic your motions

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Proposal
Short Form
Intermediate

Excerpt

Last year I was part of a 3 developer team that in only 15 days created kinect controlled rockem sockem robots that battled in an areana at South by Southwest, and tweeted the winner.

Description

Open source hardware, and software can be the glue to quickly put ideas into reality. Learn how a bunch of hacks got these fighting robots swinging. Much of the technology involved was open source, but critical parts aren’t. Open Source is playing catch up, and there are many places you can contribute to complete the open source stack.

Speaking experience

I've lead groups at many an unconferce

Speaker

  • Biography

    Both introvert, and extrovert.

    I spend a lot of time at coffee shops staring at my computer screen trying to learn new things, and I spend much of the rest of my time getting to know people.

    At the moment I am particularly interested in how to make the many benefits of Linux based server technology accessible to small businesses, non profits, and even home users who wouldn’t normally be able to afford technology experts to set things up for them.

    I can also be found riding a bike all over the streets of Portland, or even delivering pastries to a Willamette river bridge so hungry bike commuters can build community on their way to work.