Fred Barton was there with his Hollywood menagerie. The girls thought it was neat to see C-3P0 up close. Gort and Robby were in fine form, too.
The girls and I attended several fascinating presentations. One demonstrated the benefits of two-wheel platforms for robotics. (Think Segway). I'm convinced. Much easier to move around and navigate obstacles. Amy and Wendy want to remove the casters from bubble bot and see if we can get him to balance on two wheels.
The other presentation demonstrated a soccer-playing robot. Think of an Imperial Storm trooper about 24" tall. This guy would walk around the field, find the ball, line himself up with the goal, and kick to score. Amazing.
The theme for this year's FLL Robotics Competition is undersea robotics. Amy and Wendy spent some time examining the underwater robot from Santa Clara University. Jeff Ota, Adjunct Professor and Research Associate was very accommodating in showing us how the robot worked.
It was a fun conference. More fun for me, however, was the opportunity to spend some time with my family. It's been really difficult to be away for so long.