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Programming Robots!

While robots often seem like things out of science fiction, there are many of them that you can actually program right from your own computer. Developer and educator Jay Wengrow will be showing that writing computer code to control robots is actually a lot easier than it looks. Among the robots we'll be working with are the Sphero ( and the Ardrone flying drone (, and we'll be programming them using common languages such as Ruby and JavaScript. While you won't be able to follow along due to the fact that we don't have robots for everyone to work with, we'll be showing all the steps necessary in getting started in case you did want to buy your own robot and control it to do your bidding! This is going to be a lot of fun.

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  • Tracy O.

    Can we please have an encore?

    1 · September 21, 2014

    • Jay W.

      I definitely hope to have another Robot meetup in the future - hopefully with new examples to share!

      September 21, 2014

    • Garret

      id be interested in that!

      September 23, 2014

  • Jay W.

    For those who missed the grand ending, in this video you can see Mark successfully control a flying drone with his mind (using the NeuroSky Mindwave):

    Thanks, Mark!

    1 · September 19, 2014

  • Jay W.

    Woohoo, super excited for tonight's meetup! While you won't be able to code along since we only have one of each robot, I will be walking through the code used to program them. Here's the code we'll be working with:

    1 · September 17, 2014

  • Nikita J.

    Will I be lost not knowing any JS and the basic Ruby from the level 1 event?

    August 11, 2014

    • Jay W.

      Hi, Nikita! As the JS and Ruby code we'll be using is pretty specific to robots, it's a self contained topic and you should have no problem understanding what is going on.

      August 11, 2014

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