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I am famous like David Hasselhoff April 17, 2009

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I found this the other day and about fell out of my chair.

Back in Fall 2008, I attended the RoboDevelopment Conference and Expo (where the epic Man vs. Machine Rubix Cube face off was caught on video). I delivered a technical presentation there called “Defining a Common Architecture for Robotics Systems.” Fancy title, huh? I thought so. You can view a webcast of my presentation from NI’s website if anyone’s interested.

So, I was in NI’s booth, showing off some of our robots, and I started talking to a German journalist (in English of course). He had a nice video camera. He interviewed me talking about, well, I can’t remember, robot stuff I guess. Five months later, I stumbled upon this:

Fast forward to ~1:05 and you’ll see a familiar face. But holy crap, it’s all dubbed in German, so I have no idea what I’m saying. I have absolutely no idea why Britney Spears is mentioned the video title and write-up. Should I be worried?

My friend Silke, from NI Germany, said “the publishing site, Stern, is a very famous and popular German magazine on politics, economics, popular sciences, and lifestyle. Maybe comparable to Newsweek or the Spectator. Emily: You are a famous star now (“Stern” means “star” in German)!”

So apparently, I’m huge in Germany. David Hasselhoff, eat your heart out.

RoboDevelopment 2008: Rubix Cube Face Off! December 5, 2008

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Recently, I was at this year’s RoboDevelopement Conference and Expo, a cool robotics conference where a bunch of robot designers get together and share the latest and greatest in the robotics industry. While I didn’t get to meet my favorite robot, WALL-E, I did get to meet some pretty cool dudes from UC Berkeley.

First, meet Rubix Cube Man: Dan Dzoan

OK, so once Anu reloaded my Flip camera with some fresh batteries, I was introduced to CuBear 2.0, Berkeley’s Rubix Cube solving robot. Some industrial solenoid actuators, some vision processing, programmed in LabVIEW. How’s that for a student design project.

Let the epic battle begin: Man vs. Machine.

Who would solve the rubix cube the fastest?

Admitedly, while the soundtrack was phenomenal (The Final Countdown, Europe), it was my first attempt doing camera work with a Flip camera; didn’t do that great of a job of getting some good footage of the robot by itself.

Luckily, the Berkeley guys have it covered. Here’s more detail on how the robot actually works: