Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pawly @ HackerNest

On July 14, 2014, Pawly demoed at the HackerNest Kitchener-Waterloo July Tech Social, which took place at Clearpath Robotics.

HackerNest is an international nonprofit originating in Toronto that helps build tech communities around the world by nurturing local tech ecosystems with social events.

Clearpath Robotics is a robotics company based in Kitchener that builds autonomous robots to be used around the world and for a variety of tasks including land, sea, air and lab.

Pawly was able to interact with some of the Clearpath robots during the Tech Social. One of these was a Willow Garage PR2 robot, which is a research and development robot sold primarily to universities. The features of the Willow Garage PR2 robot include omnidirectional wheels, and 2 arms with grippers while using 2 LIDAR lasers, stereo cameras and the Microsoft Kinect. And yes, Pawly and PR2 became best of friends.

The coolest part at the event was when Pawly’s Robotics Engineer, Robbie Edwards, was able to hack an X-box game-pad controller to control our very own Pawly. Guests enjoyed interacting with Pawly at the event by using the game-pad controller to control its movements. Mmm…. What are your thoughts… would Pawly be cooler to control via a game-pad controller or via your smartphone?

No comments:

Post a Comment