[squeakland] [ANN] Ideas for this year GSoC wanted

Ricardo Moran richi.moran at gmail.com
Sat Mar 17 19:09:47 EDT 2012

Hi Janko, I don't know if we still have time to propose project ideas, but
I'll send you this one just in case. Thanks :)

Name: Finish Physical Etoys port to Sugar
Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced): Intermediate
Possible mentor: Ricardo Moran
Possible second mentor: ...

Physical Etoys is an extension to Etoys that allows the user to communicate
with robots as if they were virtual objects in the computer. With Physical
Etoys, it becomes posible to program real world objects (such as robots) to
perform any task you want, or sense the world and use that information to
control virtual objects (such as drawings on the screen).
The hardware platforms currently supported by Physical Etoys include:
Arduino, Lego Mindstorms Nxt, Nintendo Wiimote, Microsoft Kinect, and
Making Physical Etoys work in Sugar would bring a platform for teaching
robotics to all Sugar users, letting each kid that owns a XO transform his
laptop into a robot. The port is currently half finished, but it lacks some
details that need to be taken care about in order to finally publish it.

Technical Details:
All Physical Etoys modules should work well in Linux and specifically in
the XO laptop, this can involve porting some libraries and generally
dealing with platform-specific issues. Finally, Physical Etoys will have to
be wrapped as an Activity bundle for the XO.

Benefits to the Student:
The student will learn about the inside of Physical Etoys and its
communication model with the outside world, making it work seamlessly in
different platforms.

Benefits to the Community:
This project would bring young people into Smalltalk by providing another
Smalltalk based activity to the Sugar platform.


2012/3/1 Janko Mivšek <janko.mivsek at eranova.si>

> Dear Smalltalkers,
> Let we apply this year again for the Google Summer of Code, which as you
> know is a Google's stipendium program for students to encourage them
> working on open-source projects [1].
> Ok, our first step as community is to collect ideas for possible
> projects and to apply to the GSoC as an organization. Deadline is next
> Friday, so please hurry on with ideas. Just put them as reply to this
> email or to admins directly and we will put them on our website [2].
> Your project idea should be written as answers to these questions:
>  Name
>  Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
>  Possible mentor
>  Possible second mentor
>  Description
>  Technical Details
>  Benefits to the Student
>  Benefits to the Community
> See how such ideas look like in past: http://gsoc2010.esug.org/ideas.
> Waiting for your ideas
> Carla and Janko, your GSoC Admin team
> [1] http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2012
> [2] http://gsoc2012.esug.org
> --
> Carla F. Griggio, Janko Mivšek
> Smalltalk GSoC Admin Team
> http://gsoc2012.esug.org
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