Dave Smart Maker Faire UK Interview
We had a great time at Maker Faire UK in Newcastle this weekend. We thought we’d share an interview with Dave Smart, on DroidScript and the projects we had on show:
Can you tell us a little more about the projects that you were showing at MF – the steam punk TV and the face-tracking Lego robot?
Yes, we were demonstrating the control and interfacing capabilities of DroidScript at Maker Faire this year. DroidScript can connect to electronic devices in various ways, including USB serial, Bluetooth serial, TCP and UDP.
DroidScript can also interface to Lego Mindstorms NXT kits via Bluetooth and we were demonstrating this using our SmartWatch controlled Robot. We believe this is actually the worlds first SmartWatch controlled robot and recently upgraded it to send a video stream from the robot to the Sony SmartWatch2 as well as adding automatic face tracking capability. The face tracking proved to be very popular with our younger visitors as it gives the impression that the robot is actually alive as it’s head turns to follow people walking across the room.
Why do you prefer to use the ODROIDS and program in Android?
We particularly like the ODROID-C1 here at droidscript.org because it offers a more powerful alternative to the latest Raspberry Pi at around the same price. It also allows DroidScript coders to make use of their mobile development skills on a truly embedded platform and opens up a whole world of possibilities with robotics and automation.
You mentioned the Google V8 engine, why is this important?