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Kinect 101: The Amazingly Simple Guide for How to Access Kinect on Your PC for 3D Modeling and Motion Capture

Kinect 101: The Amazingly Simple Guide for How to Access Kinect on Your PC for 3D Modeling and Motion Capture

Tweet This simple guide is written for a non-programmer, but one who wants to access the power of the Kinect. I want to show you how easy it is to access the Kinect for your own DIY project ideas. Think of this post as a primer and then let your creative imagination run free! Ready, set, go! Set Up the Kinect (Follow these instructions) Use rgbd-viewer to access the raw data from the Kinect...

Hacking the Body for Polymaths

Hacking the Body for Polymaths

Tweet A successful nerd cannot be a true polymath without getting in shape.  I’m going to make three small changes in the next months to start good habits that will hopefully last a lifetime. I like simple; hopefully if you’re interested you’ll find these things to be easy to remember and easy to do. 1. Exercise: Wake up and do exercises every morning before breakfast. Do ...

An Aeroservoelastic Flapping Flexible Wing Model

An Aeroservoelastic Flapping Flexible Wing Model

Tweet An aeroservoelastic flapping flexible wing model has been created from experimental data obtained at the University of Florida to support the ideal of reproducible research.  Please cite the paper below if you choose to use this model. Love, R. and Lind, R. “Experimentally-Based Aeroservoelastic System Identification and Feedforward Control of Flexible Flapping Wings“, AIAA...

25 Heroes and Hopes for the Future

25 Heroes and Hopes for the Future

Tweet Who are your heroes?  What makes them a hero?  Usually it’s some character trait that we admire.  Our heroes form our vision for who we want to become.  Since I’ve been exploring who I want to become a lot recently here’s a summary of my current heroes, what they did, and what character qualities they had which I desire to emulate.  Who are you?  What do you wan...

SIGVIZ: Time History, Fourier Transform and Wavelet Transform Analysis

SIGVIZ: Time History, Fourier Transform and Wavelet Transform Analysis

Tweet The Matlab Code SIGVIZ provides a quick way to visualize the Time history, Discrete Fourier Transform and Wavelet Transform (using the Morlet wavelet).  This code should be useful for the analysis of systems with time and frequency dependent dynamics. Initial investigations of flapping wing vehicles have demonstrated several characteristics in which wavelet analysis might prove useful....

Spy Training 101: Wisdom From Michael Westen in Burn Notice Seasons 1-3

Spy Training 101: Wisdom From Michael Westen in Burn Notice Seasons 1-3

Tweet Burn Notice has stolen Macgyver’s shoes and is walking more than a mile in them.  Michael Westen uses Macgyver’s clever hacks and concern for others, but also uses psychology and experience to outwit, outmaneuver, and out invent his adversaries.  Continuing in the footsteps of the Macgyver Marathon I’ve summarized what the modernized version, Michael Westen, has bee...

A Tribute to MacGyver’s Ingenuity

A Tribute to MacGyver’s Ingenuity

Tweet I’ve been fascinated by MacGyver’s shows recently.  I’ve summarized most of MacGyvers’ improvisational antics and some life lessons that might be generally applicable below.  If you’re thinking about becoming the next MacGyver, don’t forget to bring your essentials: a Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Pocket Knife, duct tape, matches and a sharp mind! D...