Time for more speaking updates!

I'll be part of a panel on using biometrics for generative game audio at AES, on Friday, October 26th, at 2pm. Should be fun!

Also, I've just moved a lot of the health driver projects I currently maintain to the OpenYou organization on github. The hope is to get more developers working on these projects, versus having the world waiting on me to have time to work on things. There's more information available at the post on openyou.org.

UPDATE 2013-06-01:

While this post still has relevant information, the engineers at BeatBots have created a far more stable firmware. I highly recommend using their MyKeepon firmware, as it fixes a lot of the timing issues the KeepOff firmware had. The MyKeepon firmware is available at:

https://github.com/beatbots/MyKeepon


And the hits just keep on comin'.

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UPDATE 2013-06-01:

While this post still has relevant information, the engineers at BeatBots have created a far more stable firmware. I highly recommend using their MyKeepon firmware, as it fixes a lot of the timing issues the KeepOff firmware had. The MyKeepon firmware is available at:

https://github.com/beatbots/MyKeepon


We have Keepon control!

Yay! Thanks to mAngO on the comment thread for my last keepon post, we now know that grounding out the bus during keepon's powerup allows you to act as the master to the bus! This means we can now control the motors and sound, as can be seen in the video above. I'm just controlling motors there, using the Control Program for Android to send OSC messages to a python script I wrote. The python talks to the USB serial port, and the arduino turns the commands coming over serial into I2C to go to keepon.

All the source code for this is available in completely raw, uncommented form at

http://www.github.com/qdot/keepoff

So, that's the first part finished. Now it's on to polishing things out and figuring out the rest of the parts of the hardware we don't have access to yet. I'm keeping the github issues list updated with things we have left to do.

UPDATE 2013-06-01:

While this post still has relevant information, the engineers at BeatBots have created a far more stable firmware. I highly recommend using their MyKeepon firmware, as it fixes a lot of the timing issues the KeepOff firmware had. The MyKeepon firmware is available at:

https://github.com/beatbots/MyKeepon


UPDATE 2011-11-14:

Keepon hacking has made a major step! Thanks to mAngO on the comment thread for my last keepon post, we now know that grounding out the bus during keepon's powerup allows you to act as the master to the bus! There's a Proof of Concept video posted on youtube now.. I'm leaving the rest of this post as it was when I first wrote it for history sake, but the information in it plus knowing that you just need to hold down the I2C lines for a second when the keepon powers up are enough to actually get control going. The reverse engineering document and code in the keepoff repository will be updated to reflect this information.


I'm really not sure I've never spent so much time cursing at something so adorable. The past week has been yelling, crying, and generally losing my emotional shit toward a few servos wrapped in a weird, sticky plasticy skin, better known as the MyKeepon Dancing Robot.

How better to atone for my sin of the vivisection of the most adorable christmas toy this year, than writing up what I found. That way, future generations can avoid the pain inflicted on it, and the pain it inflicted on me.

But good lord, it's so fucking CUTE.

Usually I wouldn't write this up until after I had things completely finished, but I gave myself a week deadline for that, and that deadline passed 2 days ago. I'm still in the middle of a few different ideas for reversing it, but those could take a while (stupid real life getting in the way of toy hacking), so I figured I'd dump what information I do have now.

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Oh frabjous fucking day. The Microsoft Kinect SDK is out. Along with a license that takes a very, very nasty FAQ to explain.

On this big day in UI development, let's take a look over the current console controls landscape, and what it means to non-game developers.

Why focus on game consoles controls? They've driven down sensor prices like crazy, due to mass manufacturing and required price points for game sales. They've established more than a few careers of non-game-developers now. Uses of the kinect and the wiimote for projects not pertaining to their original console have been all over the media lately. Keeping a forecast of where development for these technologies is going means we have a better idea of how to ride the wave when it comes.

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