Tour Carnegie Mellon’s robotics’ lab

One of the coolest things I ever got to do was tour the robotics lab at Carnegie Mellon University. Here’s the tour unedited. Even gives props to Java and some non-Microsoft development tools. They have some of the coolest people I’ve ever met and the robotics might suprise you (two of the students were building soccer-playing robots on top of Segways, other students were building surgery tools, really great stuff).

This is a great video to run on my last day at Microsoft. Party in building 18 at 4 p.m. Patrick is here helping me clean out my office. I’m filled with emotion. Sadness. Excitement. Terror that I didn’t finish a bunch of stuff.

The video is long, but it’s in three or four distinct segments, so it’ll be easy to poke through it and find some good stuff. Don’t miss the soccer stuff at the end, those robots are mondo cool.

Comments

  1. I have been reading ur blog for long, and can understand what ur feeling… An important chapter in ur life is ending and ur entering a brand new arena. All the best. May the force be with you :)

  2. I have been reading ur blog for long, and can understand what ur feeling… An important chapter in ur life is ending and ur entering a brand new arena. All the best. May the force be with you :)

  3. Now I can’t wait to get home to watch that video. I still have half of the Robot SDK video to get through too…

    Robotics are just…. cool. No other word for them (ok, maybe awesome, sweet!, or (if your from the 80′s) Rad.)

  4. Now I can’t wait to get home to watch that video. I still have half of the Robot SDK video to get through too…

    Robotics are just…. cool. No other word for them (ok, maybe awesome, sweet!, or (if your from the 80′s) Rad.)

  5. Robert,
    I am responding to the wrong post, probably in the wrong blog entirely, but I am a huge fan. I am currently reading your book too – good stuff for people of all intellectual shapes and sizes. I am trying to convince my boss that setting up blogs on our site for a group of teenage “contributing editors” (we are a start up, niche market TV channel who’s spending lots of time building up our website) is a good idea. I would also like to convice her that although allowing the kids to include links might indeed drive traffic away from our site, ultimately it can attract tons of traffic to our site as well. Since you are the blog guru I thought I might try to score some advice. I’m sure I’ll find what I need in the book too!

  6. Robert,
    I am responding to the wrong post, probably in the wrong blog entirely, but I am a huge fan. I am currently reading your book too – good stuff for people of all intellectual shapes and sizes. I am trying to convince my boss that setting up blogs on our site for a group of teenage “contributing editors” (we are a start up, niche market TV channel who’s spending lots of time building up our website) is a good idea. I would also like to convice her that although allowing the kids to include links might indeed drive traffic away from our site, ultimately it can attract tons of traffic to our site as well. Since you are the blog guru I thought I might try to score some advice. I’m sure I’ll find what I need in the book too!

  7. Robert:

    It is cool to hear about the great technologies that are happening! I am gald to see that someone else is mentioning Segways!

  8. Robert:

    It is cool to hear about the great technologies that are happening! I am gald to see that someone else is mentioning Segways!

  9. Good luck, Robert. I know it’a a tough day for you, I am going to miss the Microsoft perspective, but cheers to the Podtech era. Keep up the good work.

  10. Good luck, Robert. I know it’a a tough day for you, I am going to miss the Microsoft perspective, but cheers to the Podtech era. Keep up the good work.

  11. Your first task for Thursday: tell us what it feels like to no longer be one of the pinatas/punching bags/lighning rods for the anti-Microsoft crowd.

    Now, if we read you praising anything Microsoft, we’ll know that you’re being sincere.

    Me, I’m finishing up my eighth week as a Microsoft new-hire. And still having a lot of fun at it.

    – Jack Krupansky

  12. Your first task for Thursday: tell us what it feels like to no longer be one of the pinatas/punching bags/lighning rods for the anti-Microsoft crowd.

    Now, if we read you praising anything Microsoft, we’ll know that you’re being sincere.

    Me, I’m finishing up my eighth week as a Microsoft new-hire. And still having a lot of fun at it.

    – Jack Krupansky

  13. [...] Robert Scoble videotaped his visit to the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Lab and posted the video to Microsoft’s channel 9 – which has quite a few interesting videos. They have some of the coolest people I’ve ever met and the robotics might surprise you (two of the students were building soccer-playing robots on top of Segways, other students were building surgery tools, really great stuff). [...]