[vcf-midatlantic] Mad science experiment

Jameel Akari jakari at bithose.com
Tue Sep 27 10:43:58 EDT 2016

On Tue, 27 Sep 2016, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:

>>> using LOGO on a //e is a great idea - even if it was done tongue in 
>>> cheek.
> It's not tongue-in-cheek. LOGO on the Apple II was a big deal for young 
> children in the mid-1980s. I wasn't one of them: I was a few years too 
> old by that time, so we learned BASIC instead (middle school, just after 
> it stopped being "junior high"). But I did learn some LOGO turtle 
> graphics on a Commodore in elementary school.
> I thought I'd make something more interesting than the standard Lego 
> turtle. But now there is little time before Maker Faire so the turtle is 
> feeling inevitable.

ISTR having some LOGO on //e's in 4th grade.  Somewhere I have a floppy 
with my saved programs.  They still did some LOGO into 6th grade.

Aside from power/weight ratio of a quad vs. the bulk of an Apple // or ][, 
I could envision using the LOGO turtle interfaces through a 
microcontroller that then sent translation commands to the drone's 
built-in controller, maybe just by hacking the remote.  The // certainly 
doesn't have the compute or interrupts to fly it directly, but it can take 
the controls.  Probably not enough time to make that go before Maker 
Faire. :)

Maybe I missed this, but maybe build the Lego LOGO robot large enough to 
carry around the //?

Jameel Akari

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