Languages, Assemble!

Posted in making and hacking, programming, robotics on October 9th, 2012 by Samuel Kenyon

Look what I found in my closet:

Motorola 68HC11 on an eval board made by Axiom Manufacturing

This is my old Motorola 68HC11 microcontroller board. Here’s a close up photo of the microcontroller itself:

Motorola 68HC11 Microcontroller IC

For those who aren’t familiar with these terms, a microcontroller is basically a computer on a chip. They are often very tiny and low powered, and are ubiquitous whether you realize it or not.

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Under the Dome: MIT Open House

Posted in culture, robotics on June 11th, 2011 by Samuel Kenyon

This is a belated post from April. I live near MIT, so when they held an open house on April 30 I felt it was my duty to attend.

However, the most surprising thing was not the technology on display so much as the vast swarms of yuppie larvae—aka virus vectors, aka children. After awhile (about 5 minutes) my perception of their presence incremented from “cute” to “horrific.” Even worse were the parents of said children, whose method for navigating crowds consisted of crashing into other people like a bunch of semi-autonomous pinballs. So I departed, but not without taking a few photos first.

Multi-touch Table

El Cheapo Multi-Touch Table

Innards of the Student-Built Multi-touch Table

Innards of the Student-Built Multi-Touch Table

Cars That Won't Crash

Cars That Won't Crash

Supervisory Control of Cyberphysical Systems (poster)

Supervisory Control of Cyberphysical Systems (poster)

A Wearable Vital Signs Monitor at the Ear (poster)

A Wearable Vital Signs Monitor at the Ear (poster)

And now photos of human children engaged with robots:

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

Children with Robots

And just for shits and giggles, here are some ancient computing artifacts that were on display in the Stata Center.  The first is an Atari 2600 “video computer system” (nowadays, a “console”) with a Space Invaders cartridge, right underneath a sign about Moore’s Law.

Atari 2600 console with Space Invaders cartridge

Atari 2600 console (released in 1977)

And one of the first cell phones, being fondled by me:

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X (circa 1983)

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X (circa 1983)

I conclude with a video I took of a good ol’ floating electromagnet:

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