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Video: Masacotes vs PBD Stars

Manuel (of the opposing team) recorded all their Volleyball matches using a little Geek Pro. They use them to analyze their matches, correct their mistakes, improve on their technique… or to make fun of each other. He sent me the video of last Thursday’s Championship match which was right around one hour long.

Because nobody wants to watch a one hour long video of mediocre amateur volleyball, I thought it’d be a good idea to edit out the significant dead time. But that’s a lot of tedious work, even for me.

Enter: Amazon Mechanical Turk: “The Artificial Artificial Intelligence”.

Cleverly named after the 18th century fake chess playing machine; which I thought was a well known story but turns out I only know about it because of my odd childhood reading habits; Mechanical Turk is a service that allows you to set up jobs for someone else to do. It’s a great way for those who earn in US Dollars or Euros (but not British pounds!) to get people in China or India or some other low income country to do their menial tasks.

In any case, I uploaded the video to Dropbox and set up a gig, offering $5 to whoever does it.

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Boom! It’s done.

For your enjoyment, the full edited match:

Mascotes 2016

masacotes 2016
Jimmy, Marcos, Ilán, Alejandro, Jose Antonio, Rolando, Samuel
Iker, Santiago, Carlos

Los Mascotes – NI’s summer volleyball league’s oldest (maybe) team – is back. Against all odds we reached the final last year. And lost it.

Can we win the league this time? Yes, we can.

NIWeek 2013 part 2

Some extras:

A frisbee-shooting robot built by students of Westlake High School using NI products barely missed the face of Vice President of Marketing Ray Almgren. Better luck next time!

Robotic elephants build with Lego Mindstorms EV3 prepare to take over the world:

ev3 elephants

This is me and NASA’s next Lunar Lander. That things is going to be on the Moon. With my fingerprints on it.

lunar lander

NIWeek 2013

NIWeek 2013 kicked off today (well, the first keynote was today). I took very few photos but one thing was coolest to me: North American Eagle. This is the “car” that will attempt to break the land speed record. It needs to go at almost 800 MPH. It’s basically a fighter jet with no wings but wheels. Impressive.

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North American Eagle, bad hair day.
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From the back
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Looking into the rocket engine, camera flash on.

Other randomness:

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This demo uses a camera and image recognition software to create a line art of your face, then motion control and a robotic arm to draw it.
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Only tangentially related, the convention center is very close to Casino el Camino, home to possibly the best hamburgers in town. And as you can see… also home to possibly the best Lou Ferrigno framed photo in town.