#ADA11 – Erin RobotGrrl, Robot builder and iOS & Mac developer
Erin is one of our favorite Robot builders, she makes and releases open-source software, she has weekly “Robot Party” hangouts. She’s a robot rock star with a bright future ahead. Here’s a bit about her, in her own words…
Howdy, I am known to many as the RobotGrrl. I started building robots when I was 13, with a Lego Mindstorms kit. Since then, my passion and energy for this exciting and challenging art form has been growing. Through numerous science fair projects and hobby projects, this website is all about documenting what I am doing, aiming to share the learning process and the acquired knowledge with others.
One of the areas that I am most interested in is sociable robotics. How can a robot interact with a human better, such that it seems like there is no barrier between the two? Alternatively, how can we pronounce this communication barrier more, in order to show that the robot is a sepperate species, and comes from a different culture? The depth of sociable robotics is immense, which makes it mesmerizing with its endless list of questions.
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