[vcf-midatlantic] VCFed @ World Maker Faire this weekend
dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 07:37:17 EDT 2016
Well, Corey, that's just silly. Everyone knows Atari beats them both! ;-)
On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Corey Cohen via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> Wow this is sounding like an old Apple vs C64 argument from back in the
> corey cohen
> uǝɥoɔ ʎǝɹoɔ
> > On Sep 29, 2016, at 4:04 AM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
> > 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
> > and can beat you in a race too!
> > On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:21 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> >> 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.
> >> 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
> >> BASIC program on a Commodore 64. He has many more parts available now
> >> he did for HOPE.
> >> I'm showing a Lego robot powered by a LOGO program on an Apple //e, vs.
> >> HOPE my Lego demonstration used BASIC on a Compaq 386 luggable (in the
> >> 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:
> >> MY LEGOBOT CAN KICK BRACE'S CAPSELLABOT'S BUTT. :)
> >> Here's mine: http://vcfed.org/evan/legobot.jpg
> >> I figured a black frame, red racing stripe, and huge rear spoiler all
> >> it maker-cred.
> >> One motor controls forward/backward, another motor (via the exposed
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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.
> > --
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