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New Arrivals

The Lasa was happy to accept a new member of the family today!

After some geographical and linguistical trouble finding the place, several boxes full of new toys were delivered to the lasa!


The main course of the evening was of course a moderately size coffin...ehm wooden box that engineers and researchers gingerly brought to the lab.


The box revealed itself to be quite properly protected, much to the pleasure of Le Petit Prince who was the only one that bothered to clear the box enough to actually see what was really inside it.


While some people took active part in the ordeal, others took a more observant attitude...


And finally we could get to the cool part: demummification!


We were intrigued by some of the hardware choices, especially in terms of connectivity


But we have to say: the iCub is a beauty! The design on the torso and arms/hands is gorgeous


We're definitely eager to see what it'll be able to do!



And of course since we were at it, we had to try out the iCub coffin for ourselves


With inevitable consequences...


Posted by Basilio Noris at 0:24
Snowy dawn on Geneva Airport

Posted by Basilio Noris at 16:19
Veni vidi weepy, a TACT adventure

The TACT team flew to rome yesterday for the final meeting and closing chapter of the TACT project. The departure was somewhat delayed by the need to wait one hour for the defrosting truck to come to the plane and shower us with pink anti-frost liquid. (see picture of the week for an idea of what the airport looked like during our wait...)

The meeting went much as expected and was followed by a ludicrously repast consisting in:


  • Affettati misti
  • Formaggi misti
  • Mozzarella di bufala
  • Ricotta al rosmarino
  • Polenta alla romagnola
  • Fagioli al coteghin

Primo piatto

  • Pappardelle ai frutti di mare
  • Bucatini alla Amatriciana

Secondo piatto

  • Verdure e maxi-spiedino misto alla griglia
  • Patate arrosto


  • Choice of Crema Catalana, BoBa al Rhum, Sorbetto, Panna Cotta, Gelato al Cioccolato

The authors would like to make it clear that the meal consisted in ALL of the above, not just in a choice of those...

Dario managed to get all plates down, while getting seconds AND THIRDS of pappardelle ai frutti di mare.


The sounds of the night were improved by rain and thunder that stormed up to the morning, where we had a nice surprise:

The whole Trigoria zone (where the Campus Biomedico resides) was completely flooded.


The Tevere went out of its bounds and the whole city was in disarray.


This allowed us to get to the campus nonetheless, where we were able to participate to the first part of the TACT symposium and attend to part of the talks.


During the coffee break and poster session, we were able to present the wearcam with attitude to an interested public.





Getting to the airport (a couple or 5 hours in advance, just to be sure that we'd actually GET THERE in spite of floods, traffic, and other natural disasters...) we were happy to notice that technological devices used in state-of-the-art  research are available to the public even in italian airports.



And thankfully, the lasa@TACT team was able to make it home safely, weather and turbulence notwithstanding...

Posted by Basilio Noris at 16:00
Engineers at Work
A curious phenomenon engaged the Lasa this afternoon: A number of mechanical, electronics, physics and computer engineers were faced with the problem of providing bribes for 2-3 years old children, with the ultimate goal, obviously, of doing science.

However, the task revealed itself to be was more daunting than expected and the engineers had to struggle before being able to master the tricks of the trade.

With experience came enjoyment and soon enough they were capable of creating the much needed beautiful... ehm... balloon swans..

Posted by Basilio Noris at 22:28
J-B Duck

working on the next WearCam III prototype
Posted by Basilio Noris at 23:31
A Man of Many Talents
Posted by Basilio Noris at 13:27
Lasa BBQ 25 June 2008
So the lasa got back from the States, Hong Kong, and other parts of the world, resettled down, got their respective jetlags checked and decided to celebrate the ICRA08 HRI Competition victory with a proper BBQ by the lake!

Among the many activities (like, preparing food, cooking it, eating it...) they ended up exercising in a couple of sports/performances such as contemporary dance:


and some more traditional soccer
Posted by Basilio Noris at 13:22
There be Winners
It's kinda difficult to resume 4 days of neverending demos in few lines.

The event took place in the worst building to date for an international conference. (correction: the place will be awesome once they finish building it, but right now you have the impression of entering a construction site). Inside it was actually cool and bright.

We met up with Jonas and Ludovic, who did a crash brainstorming with Aude on how to explain Humanoid Robotics to people from the industry

Everybody contributed to the demos in different ways, either in an utterly serious manner

or with a more relaxed attitude, even when they had to give 2 talks in the same afternoon

The demo went really well, computers never crashed and the robot behaved properly. And apparently it was a huge success.

Nevertheless, we sometimes had to do some on the fly corrections, tweaking and engineering

Our legs were pulled by our professor when she decided to hint that the winner of the competition had been a... less than glorious demo from another team...
We were then really happy to discover that...


alongside Keepon and the Kozima-Michalowski team. The two robots have bonded over the 4 conference days, crashing a party together, barging into a conference room and invading mars..

We were actually able to understand how tiring and wearing all of it was only 2 days later when we were utterly unable to do anything all day :D.
Posted by Basilio Noris at 19:02
Dedication To Work

19 of May 2008, 00:01 am.
Posted by Basilio Noris at 9:14
A Tough Day
Yesterday was a tiring and hard working day for the LASA@LA people.

In the morning they barely had time for a quick and frugal breakfast just around the corner

(we drove 50minutes to get there)

After breakfast, they had to travel through muscle street, venice beach and all the way to santa monica


Enfeebled by the long walk they had to rest their weary feet before daring the streets of santa monica.


Some of us, in an impulse decided to increase their musical archives, much to the pleasure of some of the others which still have some way to go before they'll be able to appreciate some good music.


Traveling under the hot sun, and working really hard at enjoying themselves, they had to take some hours off their agenda to scorch under the sun and recover some strength...

And of course, the evening was completed by tortillas from "Chez Sylvain"

followed by a midnight jacuzzi and the realization that all of us got troubling amounts of sunburn...
Posted by Basilio Noris at 9:04
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