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Apr
13
2015

Artoo featured in Wired

The Hybrid Group's own Ringleader Ron Evans got to speak with Wired about the Internet of Things and open source robotics. The interview covers our robotics frameworks Cylon.js, Artoo, and Gobot, as well as what direction we see them moving towards in the future.

Evans also went into detail about his experiences working on Apple's program Hypercard, and how that open source mentality went on to influence The Hybrid Group's other projects such as KidsRuby later on. Read the full article titled "Internet of Anything: Simple Tools Make It Possible for Anyone to Hack Robots" here.

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Jul
18
2014

Introducing Rubyserial

Today we are happy to announce Rubyserial, a new Ruby gem for reading from and writing to serial ports.

Unlike other Ruby serial port implementations, it supports all of the most popular Ruby implementations (MRI, JRuby, & Rubinius) on the most popular operating systems (OSX, Linux, & Windows). And it does not require any native compilation thanks to using RubyFFI.

The interface to RubySerial should be (mostly) compatible with other Ruby serialport gems, so you should be able to drop in the new gem, change the require and use it as a replacement. If not, please let us know so we can address any issues.

The Artoo drivers for Arduino, Sphero and Neurosky have been already migrated to use Rubyserial by default.

If you want to give it a try...

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Robots
Apr
08
2014

National Robotics Week at BostonRB

In celebration of National Robotics Week, we brought our robot road show to Boston to speak to BostonRB, one of the US's most active Ruby communities. Held at Brightcove's office downtown, the turnout was quite impressive.

We had just introduced support for the Neurosky Mindwave Mobile EEG, so it was really fun to catch the crowd by surprise with our new "mind controller". Of course we had to include some current favorites, such as our version of Conway's Game of Life using Sphero robots.

Thanks everyone who came out to see us, we really enjoyed sharing our latest developments with the Rubyists of BostonRB!

Please follow us on Twitter at @artooio for our latest news, and find out the next stops on the robot world tour.

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Feb
12
2014

Fun At The Los Angeles Ruby Conference Robot Hackathon

Our idea of a good time involves a lot of robots, and at the robot hackathon that took place at last week's Los Angeles Ruby Conference (http://larubyconf.com) we definitely optimized for fun. The previous week, Team Artoo just shipped version 1.6 of our open source robotics framework, and we were ready to let loose and enjoy ourselves.

As usual, we had brought with us several gigantic flight cases of gear, and robot enthusiasts of all ages were in attendance to program Spheros, Arduinos, and Leap Motions, along with all a fine collection of other interesting hardware devices. We had even brought with us our Rapiro robot that had just arrived from Japan earlier that day! More on Rapiro in a future post…

Here are a few photos we took of...

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Feb
06
2014

Robeaux - The Universal Robot User Interface

We're off to a nice start for 2014 with the release of version 1.6 of Artoo - Ruby on Robots (http://artoo.io), our first release of the year. We learned a lot from our great experience at RobotsConf (http://robotsconf.com), and this is just the first step forward in a series of new improvements for all of you, our loyal friends. This release adds some powerful new capabilities, as well as support for more hardware.

First of all, the user interface to the API for all of our robotic platforms is now in a new separate library. Called Robeaux (http://robeaux.io), it is a universal dashboard to robotic systems, written using AngularJS (http://angularjs.org/). We're now using it within the newest releases of Artoo, Cylon.js (http://cylonjs.com

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Robots
Jan
04
2014

2013 - The Wrap Up Post

It was an amazing year for all of us on the Artoo team. The robot world tour ranged from Japan, to Mexico, and back again. We were genuinely honored to have so many great invitations to present our work with Ruby robotics over 2013. The open source robotics evolution is already here, and we appreciate all the enthusiasm and support we've had the from the community.

Overall, the interest in robotics, physical computing, and "The Internet of Things" has grown rapidly, and we're excited to be part of what can now be genuinely called a movement. We've worked hard to do our part, by improving the platform, by adding support for more hardware, and perhaps most importantly to keep improving our examples and documentation.

Since our first public...

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Sep
21
2013

GoGaRuCo

The Artoo team has been having a great time at gogaruco here in San Francisco!

So far we have been treated to some amazing data visualizations, entranced by rubic’s cubes, and been inspired to look beyond our code, to our fellow coders, and the power of the community itself…

And that was just the first day!

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Sep
04
2013

Welcome To The New Era

Hello, friends, and welcome to the new era of open source robotics! This blog is where we will discuss new and interesting developments on Artoo (http://artoo.io) the cool new Ruby on Robots framework, as well as anything else interesting to the robot community at large.

Since we first showed Artoo to the world at the Los Angeles Ruby Conference 2013 last February, we have been working, playing, and expanding the project, adding more hardware support, and more. From Test-Driven Robotics (TDR) to the Command-Line Interface (CLI) this project is under very active development from our dedicated team, and wonderful community.

It has been said that “the greatest journeys begin with a single step”. We have a lot more exciting things in store...

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