How does a small robot get around an interior space?

We’ll need a robot navigation system that will allow it to get around the inside of the library and roam the stacks.

Open Autonomous Domestic Robots – An open source system for domestic cleaning robots using low-cost hardware

Build your own friend

How to build a robot that “sees” with $100 and TensorFlow

Carmen Robot Navigation Toolkit

Mobile Robot Navigation on Partially Known Maps using a Fast A Star Algorithm Version

Mobile Robot Vision Navigation & Localization Using Gist and Saliency

Indoor Robot Navigation by Landmark Tracking

Robot Navigation

Detecting Book Spines in an Image

I have images of stacks of books – can I detect the spines? Can I get the call numbers?

Combining Image and Text Features: A Hybrid Approach to Mobile Book Spine Recognition
(combine text recognition with comparing to known images of book spines)

Automatic Book Spine Extraction and Recognition for Library Inventory Management

Discussion on the OPENCV forum

Matching book-spine images for library shelf-reading process automation

Smart Library: Identifying Books on Library Shelves Using Supervised Deep Learning for Scene Text Reading

Mobile augmented reality for books on a shelf

Viewpoint-independent book spine segmentation

Identifying books in library using line segment detector and contour clustering

A review of Augmented Reality and its application in context aware library system

Describing every 10 square feet of the surface of the earth

Interesting approach to make sharing your location verbally easier. GPS has more resolution, but is almost impossible to share quickly without some sort of electronic handshake.

What Three Words

How What3words pinpoints every spot on Earth for better navigation

Note to Libraries colleagues – this company currently has a staff of 12 just to manage and encourage the use of this single set of three-word terms…

“We make money by a tool that converts three-word addresses into latitude and longitude” (spoken by Sheldrick in the CNET interview)

Lest you say – “well, that’s interesting – but I think the terms we use should be in the public domain…” may I refer you to Patent #9883333

2018 refresh of the Tradin’Post

I’ve moved the EVTradin’ Post to a new platform.   I’m really excited about the things it will allow you all to do.  It already deals with some of the most asked for features (mapping of vehicle listings and proximity searches).  It allows you to comment on the listings and ask questions both privately and in the comment stream.  It allows you to rate the sellers.  And, best, it should allow me to phase in new features allowing for people to offer services, share or trade tools or supplies and even take payments through the site as I learn how it all works.

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please take a look and let me know what you think.

https://www.evtradinpost.com/

/Aaron

National Drive Electric Week – Austin (2017)

Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 9AM – 1PM
Location: Sunset Valley Farmers Market (Tony Burger Center)
3200 Jones Rd
Austin, TX 78745
Registration: NDEW – Austin event page
Come meet EVs and their drivers! Requests to ride or drive vehicles welcome.
NOTE: The farmers market is located more exactly at intersection of Pillow Rd and Hwy 71.
  • Did you know that Austin has well over 400 charging ports for electric vehicles?
  • Did you know you can buy a tag from Austin Energy for $4.17 a month that will let you charge free at almost all of them?
  • Did you know that every EV comes with a charging cord that plugs into a regular 110V, three-prong outlet?

Come to our event and find out more about why electric vehicles make sense in Austin.

Register to attend and / or bring your own EV at the National Drive Electric Week – Austin event page.

EV Tradin’ Post Tips — Alerting to potential scammers

On occasion, scammers will attempt to trick the people who post ads on the EV Tradin’ Post into sending them money.  I have enabled captchas on the site to help reduce the amount of spam our users get, but some of these guys can be pretty persistent.

I will include Mike’s Chancey’s original examples below for posterity, but people have been reporting more recent examples on the feedback forums if you want to go there and see recent examples, discuss them or report one yourself.

https://evtradinpost.uservoice.com

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Updated EVTradinpost website

I manage the EVTradin’post, a classifieds site for the electric car/vehicle community. The site has been around for a while and has desperately needed a refresh for some time. Well… it has been a while coming and I still have some features I want to develop around the core data. Nothing is ever “finished” these days, but…

EVTradin'post If you go to http://www-new.evtradinpost.com – you will see the updated version of the EVTradinpost. I’ve been working with existing ad owners to move their ads over to the new server, but if you want to create new accounts and ads, you should do it here. I am leaving the old site active for a bit so that people can get their ad copy if they need it and then I will be transferring the www hostname to this server. If you have been kind enough to link to the site homepage, thank you, and don’t need to update your link.

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Chevy Fast and Fuel Efficient

Thanks to Chevy, I experienced something completely new that got me excited enough to brave traffic from Central Austin to San Marcos during rush hour on a Thursday. I was invited to participate in and blog about the Chevy Fast and Fuel Efficient driver/blogger challenge.

The stakes?

The winning team of the event got four tickets total (two per person) to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with one-night reservations for the Marriott Hotel in Dallas, as well as a week-long Chevrolet Camaro or Corvette loan. So, something for somebody who is interested in cars to compete for, though not necessarily what an electric vehicle enthusiast would find themselves normally doing. Good thing I’m both.

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