Robots take to the air with a flick of the arm

Francis Gulotta, left, and Andrew Nesbitt, with one of their flying robots which can be operated by a hoodie

The invention in action

First published in News

WHIZZING robots brought a smile to IT developers as they flew across the King’s Centre.

And these machines can even be controlled by a hoodie.

Developer Andrew Nesbitt, 29, from Bath, joined friend Francis Gulotta, 30, to demonstrate inventions on Friday.

The pair gave their “Hacking with Javascript” demonstration at the jQuery event, a full day Java conference that attracted 600 visitors.

They hoped their demonstration would encourage more people to develop their own gadgets.

Mr Nesbitt said: “We were presenting a different talk.

“We presented ways that developers can get involved with programming and do something a little bit different.

“With the robots, you can fly them around using your iPad or your phone. You can also control it with a hoodie. If you lift your arms up into the air, it will send a message. It was quite fun.”

Mr Nesbitt has a degree in Robotics from Plymouth University and has been working with these robots for a year.

He added: “I think I have about 11 of them in my house. It is really a teaching exercise about getting people interested in robotics.”

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4:36pm Wed 21 May 14

reconbot says...

For the record. The title of the talk is "Hardware Hacking with Javascript" the slides can be found here. https://speakerdeck.
com/andrew/hardware-
hacking-with-javascr
ipt

And Jquery UK is a Javascript conference not a Java conference. They sound the same but there is a large difference with regards to the technology and people involved.

Thanks!
For the record. The title of the talk is "Hardware Hacking with Javascript" the slides can be found here. https://speakerdeck. com/andrew/hardware- hacking-with-javascr ipt And Jquery UK is a Javascript conference not a Java conference. They sound the same but there is a large difference with regards to the technology and people involved. Thanks! reconbot
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