[squeak-dev] Physical Etoys released!

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Mon Mar 1 21:43:05 UTC 2010

On 01.03.2010, at 21:59, Ricardo Moran wrote:
> Hi!
> I would like to announce the first publicly available version of Physical Etoys (http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/projects/physical-etoys/).
> Physical Etoys is an "extension" to Etoys. We believe Etoys is a wonderful software that helps children explore their own creativity in fun and educational ways, so we wanted to give Etoys the possibility to interact with real world objects such as robotic kits and innovative joysticks.
> The current list of supported hardware:
> 1. Arduino, an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board.
> 2. Nintendo Wiimote, the primary controller for Nintendo’s Wii console.
> 3. Parallel port, a type of interface for connecting various peripherals to the computer.
> 4. RoboSapien v2, a toy-like biomorphic robot.
> 5. Roboquad, a 4-legged robot that somewhat resembles a spider and a dog.
> 6. I-Sobot, the world’s smallest humanoid robot in production.
> 7. Lego Mindstorms Nxt, a programmable robotics kit released by Lego.
> Unfortunately, this version of Physical Etoys only works in Windows. We are currently working on supporting Linux (especially the Sugar platform) so stay tuned for future releases!
> Check our website (http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/projects/physical-etoys/) for more information.
> Cheers!
> Richo


I assume this uses a plugin to get the data - where's the code?

A lot more sensors could be added to something like this. In particular ones that are built into laptops nowadays, like accelerometers. Would you take contributions?

- Bert -

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