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6 alpha pan tilt heads are coming together. Notice the bolt pattern on the top of the head (face down on the table in these photos)
Creativity is important in a research lab: At Willow Garage, we push the envelope, test the limits, and in this case find a workaround to the law of gravity.
On Saturday, as a culmination of our our summer interns program about 30 folks from Willow Garage took a ride on G-Force One, the 727 that has been modified to provide a weightless experience for its passengers. Each zero gravity parabola provides about 30 seconds of weightlessness, followed by 20 seconds of 1.8 G's as the plane pulls out of its dive and climbs for the next cycle.
The short weightless sessions were frenzied and fun (see more pictures).We did the standard stuff: flying like superman, flipping, eating M&M's out of the air, watching water float (and then drop when gravity comes back). We also tried some new stuff. Scott brought along 400 ping pong balls and released them all at once (see the video). When my kids were little I could "bench press" them, and on this trip I pressed (tossed may be a better word) my oldest son Jonathan, who now weighs about the same as me, in moon gravity.
On the first day of the fourth month of 2008 we finally have our first arms on the robot. Look at those dexterous hands - wow!
The first piece of computer art that is organic and dynamic. What does a computer dream about? Does it count sheep?
Scott Draves has created a network of 50,000 computers worldwide working together to generate art.
We have an installation of Scott's art called "Dreams in High Fidelity", his rendition of what computers might dream about while they sleep. I asked him to create a high resolution version that moved 12x slower and with longer transitions - something our staff and visitors might enjoy.
Scott agreed and created a dynamic, organic work of art using the equivalent of 500 years of CPU time. Our installation appears on a 60 inch screen, has 200 sheep and 800 transitions - with each sheep playing for one minute and having four transitions that last for 30 seconds before the next sheep appears. Although all the sheep are based on the same algorithm, each is completely different, unique and complex. Most are beautiful and engaging.
If this sounds interesting, and you are near Menlo Park or Palo Alto, please feel free to stop by. We'd like to share it with you.
--- Scott Hassan