Saturday, January 20, 2007

Initial post - Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! My plan is to use this to keep people up to date and to document the building of my entry for this years Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot contest. I plan on having a mix of non technical stuff for my "non geek" (and I use the word geek proudly) friends and family as well as some interesting technical details about the robot and it's design for my work friends at HP and Red Hat as well as other Linux and robotics enthusiasts.

Pictured above is my previous Trinity competition entry named "Fawkes" from 2005 (I did not find the time to enter in 2006). I added that picture because at this point there isn't much to photograph of my latest robot since I am still building it. I figured I needed something robot related for my first post.

I have high hopes for this years contest. This will be the first time I have been able to spend a large amount of time on a robotics project because I will be taking a 2 month sabbatical from HP (thanks Suzanne!). So from Feb 17th up until the contest on April 15th I will be out of work and focusing on "Rockhopper" (more on the significance of the name later). Before my sabbatical I plan on spending quite a bit of night and weekend time on it as well.

More to come....


Jenny from the Park Blocks said...

Very nice, Bro. I'll put a link to your blog on my blog! I'm looking forward to keeping up with your project and other non-geek happenings. :-)

M Bieker said...

Ok, now I can see where you get your mechanical skills (from your dad) but will we a 75' tall 30 ton behemouth that shreds and separates smaller 'bots?