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CSU Chico’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Scott Rippee @ 3:53 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Came across this document that is the progress report for the first half of the grant that CSU Chico received for robotics while I was there. The report included example project papers, one of which was from one of my groups and included several pictures of my lovely boebot along with some colorful language:

That particular design was used the two sensors pointing at the ground to follow a line and detect the ending point, a perpendicular line.

From the look of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory page they are doing well with several interesting projects in the works.

Big Brother development kit

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 10:31 pm Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

From this post,

Texas Instruments (TI) and Micron’s Aptina Imaging division have teamed up on an ultra-low-cost WXGA IP camera reference design for surveillance applications. The DM355IPNC-MT5 design runs Linux on a $10 TI DaVinci RISC/DSP digital media processor, and has an eBOM under $40, the companies claim.

The royalty free TI/Aptina HD IP network camera reference design is available for order now, and expected to ship in the second quarter.

That’s a good deal. I wonder if I’ll get one of these for Christmas. :)

Big Brother is watching you…with Millimeter Wave!

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 10:16 pm Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The SPO threat detection system made by QinetiQ measures waves “naturally emitted by the human body,” exposing “cold” objects such as metal, plastic, or ceramics concealed under clothing. A red light on the system’s display alerts the operator if you’re packing, so there’s no need to rely on interpreting images on a screen. It also means no one is ogling your naked body, which was one of the objections when similar technology was deployed at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport last October.

You can run, but you can’t hide! You can read more about it here.

$5.66M/hr of transactions!

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 10:39 pm Thursday, December 6th, 2007

My goodness! That’s alot of money per hour. Read here on how Paypal is running a grid of 4000 Redhat Linux boxes.

PayPal takes Red Hat Enterprise Linux and strips out all features unnecessary to its business, then adds proprietary extensions around security. Another virtue of the grid is that PayPal’s 800 engineers can all get a copy of that customized system on their development desktops, run tests on their raw software as they work, and develop to PayPal’s needs faster because they’re working in the target environment.

USB Key for James Bond

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 10:18 pm Friday, November 16th, 2007

Secure by design, this USB key is encrypted using AES, is waterproof, and it even has an embedded Mozilla Firefox browser. If someone tries to hack it, it will self-destruct. Check out the demo (in Flash) and be amazed.

Don’t mess with the U S B

Scott Rippee @ 12:08 am Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

maxima-stereo-out-261.jpgI learned an important lesson this weekend while equipping the mobile transportation unit with a hook up for the iPod. Don’t cut a USB cable and plan to reconnect the wires. They are very small and a good portion of life could be spent on this task. Amazingly enough everything worked after the procedure. A wire stripper that works with small wires would have been nice though. Thanks Angad and Maks for the useful car / stereo links.

Linux + Java + Traffic Light Controller

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 9:40 pm Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

What do you get when you cross Linux, Java and a traffic light controller?

Here’s the answer:

Here’s a conceptual overview of architecture:

Technical overview:

The new design’s control processor will run Sysgo’s ELinos 4.1 embedded Linux implementation, including PikeOS, Sysgo’s real-time, POSIX-compatible execution environment add-on. The Linux component will provide a browser-based management interface accessible over the network or to on-site technicians. The real-time PikeOS environment, meanwhile, will host Aonix’s PERC real-time Java component.

More information is located here.

Another company into DVR market

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 10:40 pm Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Another company making DVRs popped up, hailing from the Philippines. This company not only makes DVRs, but is even quite high tech - video analytics! Here’s a sample info on this product:

Neugent Technologies said its LX8000 SmartDetect DVRs have “built-in object detection video analytics,” enabling them to watch for left, abandoned, missing, or stolen objects.

Neugent’s LX8000-series DVR line appears to be built from standard PC components. The LX8000-series DVRs run a Linux-based OS of an unspecified nature.

Here’s more information about this product.

Scaling with RAID?

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 7:06 pm Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

If you’re into enterprise systems that involve RAID, here’s a blog entry you should read on the advantages and disadvantages of using RAID when scaling. Take it for what it’s worth. :)

Segway’s Concept Centaur

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 8:06 pm Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Segway's Concept Centaur

This thing rocks! It can pop wheelies, climb rocks…it’s basically an ATV made by Segway. After this jump, cllck on the video link to check out this technology in action.

$50 mini wireless mesh router

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 9:56 pm Monday, April 16th, 2007

The Meraki routers can be used singly, but are really designed for installation in clusters, with multiple routers sharing a single broadband Internet connection.

The Meraki Mini is based on an Atheros AR5315, a super high-integration SoC (system-on-chip) chip that apparently weds an Atheros 802.11b/g “Radio-on-chip” baseband processor to a MIPS 4KEc-based applications processor, resulting in a “wireless system-on-chip,” or WiSoC.

This is way cool! Now I know what I want for Christmas. :)

Don’t forget to check out the dashboard with the Google map integration.

Open source/Linux-based high-resolution cameras for Web developers

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 10:00 pm Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Elphel Inc. founder Andrey Filippov describes the company’s latest series of intelligent, network-enabled cameras based on open-source hardware and Linux-based software, and the underlying design philosophies. The company hopes the new devices will see use in high-definition videography, among other interesting applications.

In addition to publishing its camera software and FPGA HDL files under open source licenses, Elphel offers a Knoppix-based live CD with an AJAX-based camera user interface and DVR (digital video recording) software — all of which are available via a SourceForge project.

This is awesome that geeks dream about…as cool as Lego Mindstorm!


1) Quick intro
2) High Resolution Cameras for Web Developers
3) AJAX, LAMP, and liveDVD for a Linux-based camera
4) Using Embedded Linux in a High Speed Gated Intensified Camera
5) Elphel 10353 processor board
6) Live video demo with Google Map!

Project Blackbox

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 6:58 pm Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Mobile datacenters are not new. Google has one; Microsoft might have one. Well, Sun has one!

Check out the details of Project Blackbox.

Big Brother peering at you using dual streams

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 8:54 pm Friday, March 16th, 2007


Embedded R&D house eInfochips is offering an IP network camera reference design that runs Linux on a TI DaVinci RISC/DSP processor. The “IPNetCam” targets intelligent IP surveillance cameras, and is claimed to be among the first camera designs to support “dual streaming.”

The eInfochips IPNetCam offers a “dual mode encoding” feature said to be capable of supplying both JPEGs and differential video, streaming one JPEG and two MPEG-4 or H.264 image frames simultaneously. It is among the first cameras in the world to have this feature, eInfochips said.

It seems more and more companies are putting out Big Brother devices and softwares. Here’s the latest one, einfochips. The original article is here.

Launch Me Some Beer!

Scott Rippee @ 10:41 pm Monday, March 12th, 2007

I found this from a link at sean’s place. It’s well… amazing. :]

Robotic Beer Launching Refrigerator - More amazing videos are a click away

Speaking of beer…. Doh gotta get some sleep