Today, I want to present you some Social Media features of the site. Then I will talk about how we can all be part of the future of robotics.

I think you have seen some links to Facebook and Twitter on my website. You may already like or follow me somehow. But that's not all there is. Here is the complete list of Social Medias where I am active as the webmaster of About-Robots.com.

Like the page on Facebook: I am active on FB, and on the page you can find a collection of pictures, many of them are not even used on the website. I just thought it would be a shame to keep them for myself. I also update new pages, try to ask questions (would love to hear your comments) and will put polls and all later. You can also see some videos I made. There are not many people yet, but I hope to have more soon.

Follow me on Twitter: I see more activity on Twitter, where I post new pages, random infos, as well as the best articles I happen to read on the net. I like to see people's reactions there, see what people are interested in when they retweet and all.

Watch my video on Youtube: I have only a few videos now, but I am committed to add a new one at least every month this year. Share your reactions if you like them. Most videos are also visible on a related page of the site.

StumbleUpon: as a journalist, I read a lot of blogs and visit a lot of websites on robotics. I bookmark all the best websites that are worth it with StumbleUpon. So if you like to read cool robot posts, my SU profile will deliver the best of the web every week. You can even subscribe to the RSS feeds if you know these things, it's like a super robot blog with more than enough to feed your robot needs every week. Here is the link to my RSS feed on StumbleUpon

YOU can make the robots of the future too!

Now we really go in the robot stuff. I found quite a few interesting articles lately, and it inspired me. Plus, I have a demo of my work on Nao that I want to share, and it fits into the debate.

So it all started with this article from IEEE Spectrum: This Is What Kids Want From Robots. It is really important to know what people expect from the work of roboticists, so that you can deliver value back to them. (That's why I love when you send me feedback on my site and the Robot Tips too).

On another side, here is what roboticist shoudn't do: Who needs humanoid?. It describes how many start-ups in robotics are focusing on the cool factor instead of being genuinely useful and have a reasonable price tag. Roomba don't look cool (although I actually love mine), but they are useful, and have a good price.

For me, this applies to what I am doing on Nao. Here is a description of my application for Nao, with a demo video at My Nao Project. I hope to make an educational tool out of Nao, while still keeping the whole thing fun with game-inspired badge/achievement system. The Khan Academy is an inspiration for me.

After reading the articles above, I know I should focus my app to be both fun and serious for kids who expect a lot from robots like Nao. And a visitor wrote more about What He Wants From Nao. Again useful to see what people expect. It doesn't matter that this very hard to achieve his ideas, I should still thrive to go in that direction.

For you, if you make robots, it's cool to make some fun robots and cool gadget. But always keep in mind to make it useful somehow. Here are some way to give a new dimension that will boost both your motivation and your results. Think about these questions when you create your future projects:

  • How can I improve my home with my project?
  • How can I make a useful toy for my kid?
  • How can I help make my home/car/workplace more fun? Safer?
  • How can I help an Open-Source project (Arduino?), or NGO, or local community?

Of course, you will still have some useless projects that are just cool, or some that are just for learning. But try to keep in mind a bigger goal, and it will make your experience a lot more interesting.

That's all for today. I hope I could inspire you a little. You can add comments on the pages of my site I gave you today. So please drop a line and give me your opinion. That would be awesome.

As always, you can also send me your feedback, just answer to this e-mail and copy these questions, or just type your comment:

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Sebastien Cagnon, from About-Robots.com
Contact me at sebastien@about-robots.com You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter:
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