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Make a Bike. Make a Difference.

Posted in design, ideas, web by aldorf on March 14, 2012

The Bicycle Academy

A place to learn how to make bikes. You keep the skills, your first bike goes to someone who really needs it.

The Bicycle Academy is a new enterprise providing people with the skills and facilities to design and make their own bikes.

Frame building will be taught by the legendary Brian Curtis as evening classes or short weekday courses. As part of the learning process each student will make a frame designed specifically for use in Africa. Once graduated students will be able to use The Bicycle Academy workshop to hone their skills and build their own frames. (Sponsored via

Restaurant Service Robot – Recognizing Users’ Intention

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 22, 2010

In the near future, the service robots will come into human society such as home, office, and restaurant. In order to make the service robots sociable for better service, the robots should have to interact with humans. We aim to develop emotionally interactive service robot in the restaurant service area using emotional human-robot interaction technologies which have been researched in our group. This movie clip shows our emotionally interactive restaurant service robot scenario.

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The practical interactive service robot have to integrate many robot technologies. We are focusing on these research objectives below, and integrate the technologies to implement the practical restaurant service robot system.

  1. Mobile robot platform with robust stability and high mobility in the service area.
  2. Path recognition and planning via points in the service area
  3. Restaurant service integrated software system from registering guests to controlling robot
  4. Restaurant service by robot such as menu ordering and beverage service
  5. Human recognition, tracking, and human’s intention recognition for situation assessment

More about this project here.

Human Robot Interaction Center at KAIST

To Cool For School – Imagination Playground

Posted in architecture, ideas by aldorf on July 29, 2010

What a great project by David Rockwell (CEO Rockwell Group) and KaBoom an organization with the powerful vision to “provide a place to play within walking distance of every child in America”. Rockwell came up with this portable, all in a box, playground approach which brings Darell Hammond and his organization a lot closer to reach their goal.Anywhere, anytime. It’s activating and collaborative. Kid’s building their own playgrounds. All out of sand, water, loose parts and imagination. A place “where creativity can run wild” (New York Times). Kudos to David Rockwell for this child-centric, innovative playground concept.

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