[vcf-midatlantic] VCFed @ World Maker Faire this weekend

Corey Cohen applecorey at optonline.net
Thu Sep 29 06:22:03 EDT 2016

Wow this is sounding like an old Apple vs C64 argument from back in the 80's. 

corey cohen
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> On Sep 29, 2016, at 4:04 AM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> Well if I knew that this was battle bots, then I would have constructed
> something to crush your puny little car. I think mine will knock yours over
> and can beat you in a race too!
> On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:21 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> Jeff B., Corey, Mouse, and yours truly are staffing the VCFed booth at
>> World Maker Faire this weekend. They said we're in a tent this year. That
>> is all I know for now, location-wise.
>> Our theme is the same as at HOPE -- vintage computer robots.
>> Jeff is showing an improved version of his Capsella robot controlled by a
>> BASIC program on a Commodore 64. He has many more parts available now than
>> he did for HOPE.
>> I'm showing a Lego robot powered by a LOGO program on an Apple //e, vs. at
>> HOPE my Lego demonstration used BASIC on a Compaq 386 luggable (in the form
>> of a Network General Sniffer).
>> By coincidence, Jeff's robot and mine are both car-like and they're both
>> around the same size. So let me just say:
>> Here's mine: http://vcfed.org/evan/legobot.jpg
>> I figured a black frame, red racing stripe, and huge rear spoiler all give
>> it maker-cred.
>> One motor controls forward/backward, another motor (via the exposed chain
>> drive up front on the left side of your screen) controls steering, there is
>> a touch/bump sensor on front, a light sensor in back, and working head/tail
>> lights.
>> I need to put a little Lego dude and steering wheel in the cockpit!
>> Of course, the point of this is to show people (mostly children) that Lego
>> computerized robotics are not a modern invention, but in fact existed 30
>> years ago. LOGO works like BASIC -- you can type a program and run it
>> instantly (no compiling) or type commands directly. But in most ways it's
>> even more basic than BASIC. Instead of FOR-NEXT loops you have REPEAT;
>> instead of GOSUB you have LIST-TO-RUN; there aren't line numbers; and I'm
>> trying to understand their oddly formatted IF-THEN method (which is also
>> called something else; I forget what right now).
>> Maybe I'll disable the front bump sensor and program the 'bot to go full
>> speed into BraceBot. :)
>> All in good fun, of course.
>> Hope to see many of you this weekend.
> -- 
> Jeff Brace - ark72axow at gmail.com

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