Thursday, November 07, 2013

Seeing my research group in Chinese media

My mom is visiting me to see her grandkids, and recently picked up a free newspaper in NYC Chinatown. To her surprise, she spotted my old research group, the Personal Robots Group, in the "True Buddha News Weekly." So excited to see people she recognized, such as my colleague Kenton and the sociable robot Nexi.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

An old invention comes to life

many many years ago, my senior product design class project was a water powered scooter.  Recently, on a trip to costco, I was pleasantly surprised to find the very toy.

They had similar details, such as the propeller size and grill size.
Unlike our design, this was way smaller. However, it has been over 16 years (ours was done in 1997), so circuits have come a long way.  Also, its missing the "cool factor" we had in our design, the LED light bars that glow when you zoom ultra fast.