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360 test

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We launch Mikeybot on Kickstarter

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Together with a few colleagues I have launched a Kickstarter campaign > theMikeybot. This is a simple, cheap, wireless drawing and line following robot for families and schools. We haven’t had that much takeup yet (probably due to schools’ budgets being very constrained at the moment) but we’ll persevere whatever the case. The unique thing about the robot is that it can be controlled by any computer and as part of a network hub wirelessly. Which hasn’t really been fully …

Online resource for students

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I don’t get much mail through this site but recently a reader wanted to point out a resource for younger students and I wholeheartedly endorse it : http://www.certstaff.com/computers-for-kids.html  

Pre-filming tests for documentary

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Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: I’m pretty close to the look I want for a documentary I’m going to make on the state of Education, Pedagogy and Curriculum in the second decade of the 21st Century. I’m also now much closer to completion in terms of what kit I’m going to use (for now!) – getting to grips with the technical aspects has been a running battle between time, resources, money and workarounds. Several life-events have also delayed me putting …

Cheap way to do camera crane shots and “flying” for video – Old boom pole + Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal

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I’ve been testing a cheap way to get “crane” shots using a Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal and a modified old boom pole – here’s the result. This is probably the cheapest way I know to get shots like this on the fly. Carefully thought out and shot with adequate lighting and white balance it could help any student film look that bit more professional. I was also using the MikMe wireless mic for the audio for the first time. It …