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Browsing Tamasindo Secret & Technology blog archives for April, 2010.
1Apr

Visit Florence in Style: Casa Howard

This eccentric guesthouse offers a home-away-from-home feel with only 13 rooms. Here, comfort and service are furnished with funky one-of-a-kind pieces and exotic color schemes to ensure that no two rooms are alike.

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1Apr

gurubhakts: gesture-controlled leader-follower robots

Not to be confused with Guru Bhakti, the GuruBhakts are special robots designed to operate in a “follow-the-leader” mode. The ultimate plan for these ‘bots is to allow a remote driver to steer a single robot into a hazardous environment, and the other robots would follow in turn from that single set of actions.

leader_follower_robots

The compact wheeled robots were developed by engineers Jitender Bishnoi and Rahul Khosla at the University of Pennsylvania for an embedded systems course. Basically, the way the little guys work is that the user holds the “MahaGuru” (a FireFly wireless node) in their hand, and hand gestures tell the “Guru” (leader) bot which direction to go. Then the “Bhakts” robots fall into formation and follow the Guru.

gurubhakts_diagram

Simply tilting the MahaGuru to the left or the right sends the Guru in the corresponding direction, and his followers – like lemmings – fall in order. .

leader_follower_robots_2

I wonder if you drove Guru off a cliff, would the Bhakts follow blindly, or would they recognize their own mortality and stop before they plunged to their demise?

[via iRoboticist via NOTCOT]

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1Apr

space invaders shake your salt and pepper

Boy, it seems like forever since we featured any sort of Space Invaders goodies on the site. Thankfully, the Invaders’ drought appears to be over.

space_invaders_salt_pepper_shakers

Whether or not you like to throw extra seasonings on your food, you’ve got to love these Space Invaders salt and pepper shakers if you’ve got even a bit of 8-bit spirit. Designer Anderson Horta created these Spicy Invaders for your dining pleasure.

Alas and alack, these are still just in the conceptual stage, so you might have to wait a while to satisfy your Invaders S&P needs afterall.

[via Like Cool via Geeky-Gadgets]

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