Monday, April 9, 2012

Talk Reminder



Digital Diner ALERT!!!  This is NOT a drill!!!  

Tomorrow Tuesday April 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm PT, at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, our own Widdakay will be giving a talk.  If you can't make it in person, you can tune in live on the web at the time of the talk.  

Exclusive Preview:  We were able to obtain exclusive inside information on this talk just for you, our readers.  Our sources tell us, it will be a very technical talk, but there will be a little something in there for everyone.  It will include adorable childhood pictures as well as complex algorithms and demonstrations of truly cutting edge robotics techniques.  

To view on the web, follow this link at talk time and then "enter as a guest."
  
Abstract
This talk will describe a 13 year old’s experiences and path as a maker. I will talk about my explorations of power electronics, sensors and computers leading up to my current two-wheeled balancing robot. The two wheeled platform is being designed for autonomously taking 360 ̊, panoramic photos on walking paths. I will demonstrate the current prototype components and discuss future plans. As background, I will also give you a glimpse of my world. As a young maker, I have access to the wide range of software technologies, hardware parts and educational resources that make my projects possible. This hardware and software, such as the Arduino platform, are amazing resources for the home hobbyist. I will tell you where I find these tools, how to start using them and, I hope, inspire you to build gadgets of your own.
Bio
Widdakay is a 13 year old homeschooler who is fascinated by hardware and software and loves to create things. He has always been fascinated with how things worked. His first interest was plumbing, then came vacuums, four stroke engines, electronics and programming. By the time he was 6 years old, he had created his first simple electronic circuit, etched a circuit board and soldered components on to make it function. In the years since then, he has gone on to design and build systems such as a 13 gram device, which measures and logs 12 different sensors, to record the flight of a model rocket. He has earned his General class amateur radio license. He has won his category in the San Mateo Science Fair three times, received the IEEE award at the San Mateo County Science Fair 2012, the National Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers in Industry Award at the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair 2012, the Silicon Boule Award at the California State Science Fair 2011, and has shown his projects at the Maker Faire on multiple occasions. In 2007, he and two friends won the North Star Academy Invention Showcase for their built from scratch, electric car that was capable of carrying a driver and passenger at speeds that made his parents quite nervous.