I've been in the clutches of a product release. It's been real Soul of a New Machine stuff. We've just announced the newest robot, so its a lot easier for me to talk. While it looks roughly the same as the previous machine, and operates on similar principles, every part is different. Every piece of hardware, the electronics, and a total software rewrite. Most important to me is that it's now got a real computer onboard: an ARM processor with more than enough horsepower to do interesting things. One of the more interesting things it does is autonomous navigation. We funded part of this work using a
SBIR grant. They require progress reports, for which I did a couple (so far) of videos:
Episode 1: basic autonomy: avoiding obstacles from James Gosling on Vimeo.
Episode 2: Autonomous Ship Avoidance from James Gosling on Vimeo.