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Matlab V-REP Tutorial now available

December 22, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

I have had a lot of opportunities to use V-REP (the virtual robot experimentation platform) over the last couple of years, but was never a fan of the Lua programming/scripting language. I also believe that whatever code you write for simulation should be identical to the code that you will end up using in your robot. I decided to make a 2-part Matlab - V-REP integration tutorial to help newcomers get started quickly.

The first video shows how to connect V-REP to Matlab.

The second video shows how to send actuator commands, read sensors and transfer video data and is geared towards new-comers to V-REP.


The BBC Micro:bit

Novemeber 29, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

In an effort to further computer literacy among a younger generation, the BBC sponsored the development of the BBC micro bit microcontroller, which it handed out to students across Britain earlier this year. This is surprisingly not the first microcontroller that the BBC rolled out. The BBC Microcomputer system was released in 1981 and was also geared towards education. The UK, home to the Raspberry Pi foundation, appears to have a culture of empowering their citizens to become makers.

What makes the system appealing is its Bluetooth connector, 3-axis acclerometer, a 3-axis magnetometer, two user buttons, and a 5x5 LED display. It is geared towards education and the tutorial articles are often geared towards younger makers. The initial free distribution of the BBC Micro:bit to UK students is now finished and it is available for anyone to buy, but I have yet to find a distributor outside of the UK. Ebay has them for as low as ~$30 CAD.

For more information, take a look at the manufacturer's website here.


Nikolai Kummer Resume with Shiny

October 27, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

I have had a lot of oppurtunity to explore R and shinyapps recently (). Shinyapps is used to create and upload interactive R visualizations that allow your readers to interact and modify parameters of your visualization. It is a move away from static images, which is said to leave the reader with a higher understanding of the points that you are trying to make.

Naturally, I tried to use the same priniciples and created an online interactive resume to help me in my job search. My design principles were to visualize as many of the text-only aspects of a resume as possible. The interactive resume can be found here:

I would love to hear any feedback that you might have at:


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