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RFID Tags Have Arrived.

The RFID tags arrived today.  The guys over at Metal Craft sent me several sample packs of their RFID tags. I am thoroughly impressed with the quality.  I will be writing a longer article soon as I am investigating all of the technologies they incorporate into their tag construction as well as the readers they reference in the technical documentation.

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Blog & Parts :: http://www.trossenrobotics.com/

http://www.trossenrobotics.com/

This shop has multiple facets that interest me.  A blog with regular robotic contests. A store containing robot kits, all the individual parts a robot developer might need and even RFID tags and readers.

Needless to say I will be investigating them further and they will be added to my resources page.

Blog :: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics [http://smart-machines.blogspot.com/]

This blog lists tons of posts on different robots.  I am looking forward to reading into their archives.  As I look through their posts, I am finding myself interested in flying microbots as well as swarm bots that interact with each other.

Several of the microbot posts mention a flying time of approximately 3 minutes.   I experienced the same issue with a tiny remote control helicopter I bought awhile back.  I wonder if it is possible to combine the power transfer mechanism used with RFID tags to remotely power and progressively recharge during flight…

Today I scored some free RFID tags

Last week I emailed an RFID tag vendor hoping that I could score some sample packs of their tags to work with.  My goal is to develop a few test projects so that I have working knowledge with the technology that I can later incorporate into larger projects or business models.

The company is sending me several sample packs with several different kinds of tags.  I will post more on this when I get them.

I know need to find one or more readers and get information on how to integrate this with .NET

I am super siked!

Introduction

Over the last several years my interest in business and web design led me to programming.  At first it was basic web design. Over time I would take on new projects to learn and now I develop medical applications used by radiologists as well as other web based applications.

To get there I outlined various building blocks and fundamental skills that where needed.  I then tackled them one by one and gradually put them together to accomplish larger tasks.

As some of you know, I have a fascination with robotics.  I grew up destroying (investigating) various electronics such as VCRs and cameras. Occasionally I would even fix one…  I also grew up trying to invent all sorts of things.

Two of my creations included an electronic travel fan and an LED signaling system for my dorm room. The signaling system worked but I don’t recall whether or not it was ever put to use.

Over the last several months I have been putting more and more thought into taking the next step with my programming and to finally make the leap into robotics.  I have decided that a great starting point will be to tackle each element of robotics in bite sized projects like I did when I learned to program.  This time around though I will be blogging about my research so that others may benefit.