The DyIO has been mentioned on hackaday, A website that features cool projects involving Robots, Electronics, and tinkering. Many of us here at neuron robotics visit hackaday often and having the DyIO featured has us all grinning. Thanks!Continue reading
This great event was held on October 22nd and 23rd at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. We have been to this venue several times and love it.
The event encompassed two days. The first was a lecture and buffet dinner with networking. The second was lunch, then a work session with mentoring, and a job fair, followed by more networking.
The first night's lecturers were:
- Michael J. Hagen of SCVNGR,
- Jason Evanish of Greenhorn Connect,
- Aaron Gerry of Zazu
- Antonio Rodriguez of Matrix Partners, and,
- Secretary Greg Bialecki, representing the Commonwealth
On the first night, we met:
- Brian Lynn of BookBlunder,
- James Lamarche, a student at Wentworth,
- Lisa Reilly of The Yellow Brick Road Foundation,
- Luis Carrasco, a student at my alma mater (Boston University! Go Terriers!)
- Mikhail Gurevich, who is a classmate with Luis (above) and Wes (below). They are also founders of I-NVS,
- Thomas Fuller (pictured on page 7 of that link), another Wentworth student, and,
- Wesley Griswold, who is also at BU
We saw these old friends:
On the second day, there was the Job Fair. So of course we brought the hexapod with us. What, you say? Doesn't everyone bring a six-legged walking robot to a job fair?
At the job fair, we met:
- Aditya Jain, another student at my alma mater,
- Andy Marx of eHana,
- Diane Williams,
- Elaine Yuan,
- Kevin McCarthy of Pinyadda/Boston Innovation,
- Patrick Camacho of 38 Media Design,
- Robert Schuman,
- Ms. Ryan Mitchell, a Web Developer at Harvard, and,
- Spencer Frazier who is graduating from Boston College next year
We also saw these old friends:
- Cheryl Morris of Pinyadda/Boston Innovation and
- Bobbie Carlton of Mass Innovation Nights, who gave us some great information on an upcoming Steam Punk exhibition at the Charles River Museum of Industry.
We had a good time, and a lot of people seemed to really love the hexapod. We even picked up some resumes from some extremely interesting possible job candidates. Right now we are looking to fix some software development issues and would love to bring in someone with that skill set (plus other skills). We're a growing company! Come grow with us. Continue reading
Experts -- I mean, Events -- Corner
- Boston World Partnerships — A non-profit organization, created by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to raise global awareness of Boston. Its mantra is: Inform and Connect
- BREW — Boston Region Entrepreneurship Week is going to be between October 13th and 21st. Are you hosting an event?
- Greenhorn Connect — Boston’s Entrepreneur Hub for Resources, Events and Organizations. We're happy to say we've been covered by them!
- Mass High Tech events — MHT runs its own events, and will also put yours on their calendar. Their future events include their upcoming “Demos with a capital “M”: Networking and Digital Marketing Demo Night” on October 7 as part of FutureM. Mass Innovation Nights friends get a discount! (Use code DKPL8116 when you register.)
- MIT Enterprise Forum is working to build our innovation economy.
- Todd Van Hoosear he's a Social Media Club Boston Founder, LaunchCamp organizer, and the VP of Social Media for Publicity Club of New England. He also writes for Fresh Ground. Here's an example of one of the many incredibly useful nuggets of information that Todd shares on a regular basis. I suspect Todd does not sleep.
- Workbar has flexible, shared office space for today’s mobile professionals offering flexible month to month leasing arrangements.
The Other Presentations
- LogMeIn's join.me enables impromptu meetings from across the hall or around the globe.
- TrustedOnes scores decisions -- good, bad, indifferent and godawful. And,
- Vizit is a revolutionary digital photo frame, which takes advantage of mobile network coverage.
All of the Other Great Companies at Mass Inno
- Convention Center Store has detailed information on all sorts of convention venues, plus a means of ordering whatever you could possibly need to make your event or booth a success -- even swag. Gwyn Thakur is the founder.
- Cuccicoos makes a sweet set of iPhone and iPod (plus other products) covers that not only protect, they also clean screens. The designs were really cute -- I think I appreciate such things more than the guys do.
- Internet Kit Trade Show lets you easily get computers set up at trade shows, and more!
- Novell Cloud Manager helps you to manage cloud computing processes.
- ParallelCities is a mobile and social networking platform. Elizabeth Tang is the marketer (she has the same role that I do!) and Sidi Gomes is the founder.
- Plyopower is a cardio program for your legs. Regina DeLuca is the founder.
- StarStreet is a sports stock market. Buy and sell virtual shares of players! I wonder if anyone in New England will give me anything for A-Rod? Founder Jeremy Levine assures me that you can get into their Beta with the code MassInno and see if you can get a plug nickel for the -- boo, hiss -- quintessential Yankee.
Our PresentationI think I'm not the greatest camera person. Actually -- scratch that -- I know, for a fact, that my videocam skills are suboptimal. So, a great big thank you goes out to BostInnovation for taking excellent video of much of Bob's presentation. And thank you to Cheryl Morris for her recap of the event.
Bob's talk centered around the fact that a lot of people have a perception of robots that's colored by Hollywood. We think Rosie from the Jetsons, or R2D2 (Nadia Nassif mentioned Small Wonder's Vikki), but the reality is that robots are, how shall we put this? Lamer than that.
Yes, it's true. They're lamer. They are industrial drones or basically just arms. But what people don't think of as robots, can be classified as such. Like some high-end cars. BMW (We swear we're not sponsored by BMW. Yet.) makes a vehicle that detects how closely you're following a vehicle ahead of you and will adjust your cruise control speed accordingly, then speed you back up once the spacing allows it. Or your home -- do you have central air conditioning? If you do, it will click on and off depending upon the ambient temperature of your home. This is, essentially, a form of robotic control.
And when people want to make a robot-like device or toy, they often think of the end product, but the reality is that there's too much in the way. So much of the time, you end up reinventing the wheel, as the essential system allowing you to get your robot and your computer to speak to one another is lacking. That's where Neuron Robotics and the Bowler Communications System come in.
The BCS allows you to have your computer and robot talking quickly. How quickly? It's an eight minute experience -- a point that caught the attention of a great deal of the audience. And who doesn't want fast?
Bob concluded by, of course, talking about the DyIO and about our vision of interoperability. We want to be an essential robotics developmental platform. We want to be your go-to when you think about putting together a robotic device.
The talk went over well. The BMW line in particular got a laugh. Bob had high energy and the audience seemed captivated. And, yes, there was even a joke about the eight-minute experience -- Sean Boyce only has time to build a robot unless it takes 3.5 minutes. For you, Sean, we'll see what we can do.
New Friends!Wherever we go, it seems, we make new friends. Here are some of the terrific people we met.
- Eric Andersen is a Senior I/T Architect and Consultant for IBM Global Services in Cambridge Massachusetts. He's an avid tweeter and has been very kind about mentioning us on Twitter! Be sure to follow him -- he knows so much!
- Heinz Bachmann is an Electrical Engineer who loves solving RF, microwave and wireless problems -- particularly strange and unusual problems.
- Caleb Barlow is the Director of Small Business Solutions at IBM. He podcasts!
- David Barron is a technology consultant.
- Josh Berg runs an online personalized shopping mall.
- Mick Darling blogs about trends in tech, business and politics.
- Daniel Davis is the Director of Life Sciences at Accounting Management Solutions.
- Andrew Drane is the Senior Web Developer at Better Lesson
- Janet Egan is a fabulous writer (and I'm not just saying that 'cause she wrote such nice things about us). We Janets must stick together!
- Barb Finer helps companies differentiate their products and penetrate their markets.
- Jon Frisch is focused on new business and client relationship management at T3, his real estate firm.
- Jason Gleason is the Lead .NET Engineer at HealthcareSource -- and he really likes robots.
- Elli St. George Godfrey is an entrepreneurial coach and the coauthor of the upcoming book, When Life Happens. Good luck with the book!
- David Haith is a BAFTA award winning Creative Director and was co-founder of two major digital studios in London during the 1990's.
- Matthew Harris is a Principal at Red Point Studios.
- Christopher Herot blogs about communications and social media.
- Darnley Howard is the President of Advansa International.
- Gregory Huang is the Editor of Xconomy Boston and National IT Editor. He's a journalist reporting on technology, business, and science.
- Kenneth Kozik is a patent attorney.
- Sean Laurence's favorite charity is One Laptop Per Child. I think I'll go check out OLPC, too.
- Scott Leonard is another Principal at Red Point Studios.
- Jeremy Levine is trading Tom Brady on his sports stock market. Does Gisele know?
- Tony Loftis is a Project Manager who works in global sales and service.
- Maureen Mansfield knows all the secrets to great travel!
- Connie Michener -- psst I think she wants a hexapod for Christmas ....
- Cheryl Morris writes for BostInnovation.
- Nadia Nassif is a Principal at Springboards Language Training and Consulting.
- Lex Nemzer is a small-batch coffee roaster. I can guarantee that he makes better coffee than I do.
- Peter Reilly is a CPA.
- Pardees Safizadeh is the Director of Social Media at Greenhorn Connect.
- Stanley Shein is a Co-Founder and Director at C-Level Clone.
- James Walker is another Director at C-Level Clone. They provide expertise on business-based financial solutions.
- Rachel is also known as Wishew
- Connie Wright is Managing Director at Accounting Management Solutions.
- Lori Yarvis is an attorney focusing on small businesses. And,
- Lihua Zou is a student.
Familiar Faces!It's always great to see our friends. They make every event so much easier and more fun.
- Robert Adelson is an attorney
- Stacie Andrews runs the Meet Impact Calendar.
- Josh Bob is the founder and principal of Textaurant.
- Eric Braun runs the South Shore Innovation space.
- Rodney Brown reports and photographs for Mass High Tech. He took a great photo of Bob and me!
- Mike Burtov runs ONY group.
- Mike Cohen is one of the principals of the VC Ready Law Group.
- Andrea Dacayanan runs One Fast Bite.
- Jeff Del Papa runs the New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society (The NERDs!). He wanted to know how much G-force the DyIO can stand. That would be an interesting experiment.
- Jason Evanish runs Greenhorn Connect. They have an events calendar and more, and even profiled us!
- Abby Fichtner works for the Microsoft BizSpark program.
- David Fogel - need a CFO for hire? Ask him.
- Allison Friedman runs Rate It Green, whereby you can check just how ecologically conscious a company is.
- Paul Geffen is an engineer for Bit9.
- Cynthia Gilbert is a patent attorney.
- Nick Goggans works to improve communications and make them more effective.
- Ben Hron is the other principal of the VC Ready Law Group.
- Kelley Kassa is a terrific writer!
- R. Colin Kennedy is a co-founder of Invizual.
- Rick Kollmeyer works to help innovators refine and perfect their ideas.
- Joselin Mane broadcasts every week about TweetUps in the Boston/Cambridge area.
- Marlin May has a brand-spankin' new job! He took a photo of Kevin and me!
- Jon Michaeli is a VP at Quno.
- Ricart Prats is a software engineering management professional
- Richard Reinertsen and I used to work together at Fidelity Investments.
- Yilmaz Rona is an financial advisor.
- Rich Sands works to help companies build and sustain buzz.
- Brian Selchick is our lawyer!
- Masoud Shadravan is a software engineer with a brand-spankin' new job!
- Christine Sierra is a media consultant.
- Mark Sprague works to help companies drive customers to their websites.
- Margery Stegman is a communications specialist.
- Marsh Sutherland can help you easily grow your social network.
- Chuck Tanowitz is one of the principals of Fresh Ground Communications.
- Todd Van Hoosear is the other principal of Fresh Ground Communications, and,
- Marcia Weiss helps executives communicate better and more effectively.
Where to Now?It looks like we'll have something planned for late October. I don't have a lot of information yet, or even if it will be open to the public. I will have some appearances around the Boston-Cambridge-Waltham area as well. Plus we are going to be working on getting settled into our new incubator space. I'm sure I'll be blogging a bit about how that goes.
Thank you again for all of your kind support. We greatly appreciate it, and we know that we could not have been voted in to present at Mass Innovation without the kind and generous support of all of you.
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We're packed and ready. We're heading South.
Look out, Maker Faire! Neuron Robotics is in town!
We will be tweeting from the event, of course, and using hashtag #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The competition is fierce so we are counting on your vote. Thanks!
We are very excited about going to Maker Faire!
I used to live in Providence so, for me, it's a bit of a homecoming. It'll be great to see the old town again.
And it'll be even greater to see you.
Remember, the hashtag for the event is #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The competition is hot -- we really need your vote. Thanks!
We truly appreciate your interest in what we do. And, we're interested in you!
So come on over to Maker Faire and make sure to give us your Twitter handle so that we can follow you!
If you'd like to tweet about this event, kindly use hashtag #NRMF. Thanks!
See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. It's a thrilling race (the prize is to be able to present there), so we are counting on your vote. Thanks!
In between purchasing candy and picking up your soda, movie houses have, traditionally, offered Coming Attractions before the big show.
Our next big show is Maker Faire, so here's a little preview of what's in store:
For those of you who came to our TEDxBoston pre-adventure in July, it's the return of the Home Automation Demo! Jay Siegel's beautiful home blueprint rides again for Maker Faire.
I've been told that there may be something called a hexapod. The guys haven't told me too much about it, so I will be as surprised as everyone else. Sounds interesting.
And, finally, welcome to The Play Shop! We will have laptops and parts and you'll be able to play and build. How often do you get to be a part of the show?
Oh and one more thing -- we will have DyIOs for sale. You can pick one up right there at Maker Faire!
Come by and get the details in person! And when you tweet about the event, please use hashtag #NRMF. Thanks! See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The competition is something fierce so we really need your vote. Thanks!
As they say, seeing is believing.
And, even if you can't physically come to Maker Faire, you can still see us in action.
I will apparently not be live blogging, but we will be videotaping a bit (not for the entire event as we are going to be there for something like ten hours from setup to take down!) so there should be something on the site afterwards.
Make sure to use hashtag #NRMF when you tweet about the event.
Thank you for following along! See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The race is hot, so we need your vote. Thanks!
Maker Faire, this year, will be held at the Bank of America Skating Center at 2 Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island, 02903.
Driving is easy. Providence is located on Route 95, a major Interstate highway.
Here is a map of the area:
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After getting onto Route 95 and traveling to Rhode Island, continue as follows:
- Take Exit 22A-22B-22C for RI-10 West/Providence Place toward US-6 West
- Take Exit 22A to merge onto Memorial Boulevard toward Downtown
- Turn Right at Francis Street
- Turn Left at Fountain St/Francis Street
- Continue onto Dorrance Street
- Turn Left at Washington Street
When you tweet about the event, kindly use hashtag #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The race is very close -- we really need your vote! Thanks! Continue reading
You may be asking: How does what Neuron Robotics is doing relate to me?
Most of us, when we think of robots, we immediately dig into the immense pop culture storehouses in our brains. We envision Rosie Jetson, or Data from Star Trek. Or, if we are feeling particularly sinister, we see The Terminator.
And a lot of it boils down to exactly what a robot is. Is it a machine that moves? Not necessarily. Is it a machine that measures? Not always.
Our mission might make this clearer: what if your computer could readily communicate with the outside world? What if it could communicate, by gathering data from the world and presenting it to you, via its screen?
We have figured out how to do just that, using an input-output module called the DyIO. Come to Maker Faire and see exactly how.
And, when you tweet about the event, please use hashtag #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The competition is fierce -- we definitely need your help! Thank you.
One thing about Maker Faire is that it is exhibits by all sorts of hobby enthusiasts. Among others, there are Suburban Utility Bike (it's a bike, no, it's a shopping cart, no, it's a ...), Firefly 2.0 (an artbot that skitters and flashes an LED) and wiblocks (these are educational kits, and rapid prototyping tools and crafts).
Hence our corner of Robotics is not the only field being represented. Our demonstrations are still being worked on, of course. Plus we want there to be surprises! But I am at liberty to say that you will be able to control a robot using a computer.
For that is our chief mission -- to give your computer a link to the outside world. I think we've achieved that. Come see for yourself. And when you tweet about the event -- and we hope you do -- please use hashtag #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. Thanks!
We're starting to think about what to pack in our bags, as Maker Faire is in ten days.
USB cables? Check.
After that -- aside from things I know I'm bringing, such as my business cards -- it's a mystery even to me!
So I guess I'll be surprised along with everyone else. Make sure to use hashtag #NRMF when you tweet about the event. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September: Mass Inno voting Thanks!
Well, actually, it's not.
Neuron Robotics' main mission is to create interoperability. The DyIO can be used to connect any type of computer (e. g. a Mac, a PC or even a Linux box) to not only a robot, but also to sensors and switches.
At Maker Faire, we will show you how you can use your computer with a DyIO and a few switches and sensors to solve a few little household problems.
And that's just the start.
No car? No problem.
Maker Faire is being held at the Bank of America Skating Center, located at 2 Kennedy Plaza in beautiful Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is a rather accessible city.
From Massachusetts, you can take either the Providence/Stoughton Commuter Rail or Amtrak (either the NorthEast Regional or the Acela). Schedules run about every one to two hours, and the two trains take almost the same amount of time from Boston but the Acela is more expensive.
From Connecticut, take Amtrak. You can catch the Acela from New Haven or the NorthEast Regional from Bridgeport, New London and other stops in the Nutmeg State. From New Haven, the Acela is three times the price but saves about 30 minutes on the trip in each direction.
From Long Island, take the ferry from Orient Point and then switch for Amtrak's NorthEast Regional Service at New London, Connecticut. Ferries leave every hour on the hour and you can take your car, or not, as you wish.
The Providence train station is at 100 Gaspee Street. From there, either take a cab or walk southwest on Gaspee Street. Take the first left toward Railroad Street. Turn right at Railroad Street. Take the first left to stay on Railroad Street. Continue onto Exchange Street. Turn left at Memorial Blvd. Turn right at Fulton Street. 2 Kennedy Plaza will be on the left.
See you there!
Maker Faire is the brainchild of Make Magazine. It has been around since 2006, when it was first held in San Mateo, California. The concept behind it is to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset."
In 2009, Maker Faire came to Providence, Rhode Island. It had already been held in San Mateo, California and Austin, Texas twice, and once at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. 2009 also saw Maker Faire return to San Mateo for a third stint.
The 2009 Providence iteration of Maker Faire was held at the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Slater Mill in Pawtucket RI. Featuring hands-on workshops, building & hacking competitions, crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robot gymnastic demonstrations, it culminated with a Waterfire in the Creative Capital .
In 2010, Maker Faire has already been held in San Mateo for a fourth time, plus it has come to Detroit in July. In September, it will be held in New York City for the first time.
The 2010 Providence version of Maker Faire promises to be a lively affair, with several as-yet-to-be-named exhibits, and to be capped off with a Waterfire again.
Oh, and of course we are coming, too. Come and have a ball.
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