Thursday, 9 May 2013

my assessment of the IT today.
email: fast convenient mail, clogged by spam.
Windows: windows into your computer for hackers who then use your computer to send spam.
www: all the accumulated knowledge of the entire human race in mind sized bytes.
Smartphones (and feature phones): a way of accessing this knowledge anywhere within range of a mast, but using them instead for facebook and mini-games. Also for exchanging 20 texts when a quick phone call would do. That's why they are still called phones.
Facebook: a great way to converse with all your friends (and virtual friends) and save having to actually visit them or meet them in real life - reminds me of an Asimov story that predicted just that.
Twitter: for twits.
The cloud: a vastly over-rated and over-sold way of storing your data on someone else's computers, with ridiculously slow access times for only the smallest files at best at the whim of the providers and probably losing it at worst. Exception being Dropbox which is fantastic.

Monday, 29 April 2013

ST Robotics participated at ACT, a charity to raise money for Addenbrookes Hospital. This event was to raise money for a Da Vinci surgery robot and ST Robotics were invited as the only robotics company they could find in Cambridge. It was held at Cambridge Cine World at the launch of Iron Man 3.
ST Robotics participated at the Cambridge (UK) Science Fair Saturday 16 March, "Living with Robots". Unfortunately the lady who took the pictures moved them to her Apple Macbook which has since died. It will not switch on.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Nuffield Award Ceremony


We were pleased to yet again have helped a young person on the road to an engineering career. Using our GoForth robotics kit Felix Barker constructed a robotic paper folder. Although not visually a robot it nevertheless used the robotics principles of design, mechanics, electronics and software.

The award ceremony was on 8th November at the Mary Allen building, University of Cambridge. Pictures is Geena Chacko, ST Robotics applications engineer and STEM ambassador with Felix Barker.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

We won Stemnet award

Thanks to our efforts with our GoForth schools project we were nominated for the Stemnet award and we won!
http://www.stemnet.org.uk/news/view/1232347

Thanks to Geena for all her hard work. She now gets to visit CERN!
The schools project is here:
http://forth-robotics.org/

Friday, 13 April 2012

2012 Mercer Science and Engineering Fair


Mathew Monforte, VP ST Robotics, Princeton, was pleased to be invited to judge entries at the annual Mercer county Science and Engineering fair. There was a considerable number of mini-booths created by the students. See http://mercersec.org/
Picture on right shows Mathew judging one of the entries.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

6th axis

The 6th axis is officially a product! I have finally managed to remove the "available October 2011" etc. promises from the website. Having perfected the mechanics, the electronics (after a few fires), the software (not trivial) and finally the manuals (also not trivial) we made a video - see our youtube video