A Glimpse into the Future

There has been an exciting development recently in bringing robot technology closer to our daily lives. The Florida legislature has passed a bill to provide for “operation of autonomous motor vehicles on public roads.” People with an interest in technology have been watching the development of the Google Robot Car and recent tests on roads and highways in Nevada have been very promising. Several major car companies also say that they are currently developing this technology for their vehicles. Technology specialists believe that robotic technology will be available for our vehicles in the next 3-5 years. When DLM-TIC opens, we won’t promise to have a full-scale robot car, but we hope to bring fun and learning with scaled model robotics. In the meantime, keep watching our blog for updates and enjoy this glimpse of the future.

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Field Trip to the National Entrepreneur Center

Mary Ann Hodel, Library Director, staff members and the Contract Designers for the DLM-TIC went on a field trip this week to the National Entrepreneur Center located in Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall.  One goal is to begin partnerships that will benefit local entrepreneurs and small businesses so they become more aware of the vision for DLM-TIC.  We are looking into green screen technology suitable for shooting YouTube commercials, audio software that can be used for radio or Internet podcasting and design software with capabilities for logos, business cards and business advertising.

Calling all entrepreneurs and small business owners in Orange County, FL, check in with us and watch DLM-TIC grow! There may be something in it for you!

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Curiosity Robot on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity, a robotic rover and chemical laboratory is scheduled to land on Mars during the very early hours of Monday morning, August 6.  The rover has a robotic arm and drill, a sophisticated on-board chemical laboratory and cameras and weather detectors.  Watch this NASA video to learn more about the Mars mission and check in to this blog space for future details about DLM-TIC  coming attractions, including STEM robotics activities.

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Sketching with Arduino

Arduino electronic boards and open source software are designed for use by anyone who has little or no electronic or engineering experience.  They are becoming popular in educational programs and with artists and designers, who would like to make things that can respond to touch, sound, light and/or movement.  The Arduino community is active and vibrant through the Arduino forum and the Arduino Wiki.

So . . . begin sketching with Arduino by checking out this video from Make Magazine.

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Brainstorming with the Designers

Last week, we met with the Designers to brainstorm concepts and layouts for the entire space.  Ideas and suggestions from the staff focus groups were shared with the Designers.  It was very exciting to envision the center taking shape and to know that we are one step closer to the opening of the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity!

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