Getting to Mass Innovation by Car

Posted in Events on September 10, 2010 No Comments

Mass Innovation will be held at the Microsoft NERD Center located at:
1 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02142

There is ample parking underneath the building but it is not free.

From the West

Take Route 2 to Memorial Drive, and travel into Cambridge, to the very end of Memorial Drive. Arrive at 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, on the Left.

From the East (within Boston)

Take the Longfellow Bridge West into Cambridge and continue to follow Route-3 North. Bear Right to take ramp toward Route-3 North/Memorial Drive West. Turn Right on Route-3 North. Make a U-Turn at Ames Street onto Memorial Drive.(Route-3 South). Arrive at 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, on the Right.

From the North

Take Interstate 93 South to Exit #26/Storrow Drive/North Station onto Storrow Drive(Route-28 S) toward Route-3 North. Take Left ramp onto Route-3 N toward Kendall Square/Cambridge/Memorial Drive. Bear Right to take ramp toward Route-3 North/Memorial Drive West. Turn Right on Route-3 North. Make a U-Turn at Ames Street onto Memorial Drive.(Route-3 South). Arrive at 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, on the Right.

From the South

Take Interstate 93 North to Exit #26/Storrow Drive/North Station onto Storrow Drive(Route-28 S) toward Route-3 North. Take Left ramp onto Route-3 N toward Kendall Square/Cambridge/Memorial Drive. Bear Right to take ramp toward Route-3 North/Memorial Drive West. Turn Right on Route-3 North. Make a U-Turn at Ames Street onto Memorial Drive.(Route-3 South). Arrive at 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, on the Right.

Here is a map of the area:


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Ordering a DyIO -- Hands On

Posted in Events on September 9, 2010 4 Comments

At Mass Innovation, you're going to see DyIOs. And they are going to be hooked up to all sorts of things.
But, what's a DyIO? DyIO stands for Dynamic Input- Output device. It's interoperable, and can be connected to any type of computer. Mac? No problem. PC? We hook them up all the time. Linux Box? You're included, too.
And, what is it used for? It's used to allow your computer to communicate with the outside world.
How? Come to Mass Inno and we will show you! See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation:. The race is a hot one and we could really use your vote. Thanks!

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Preview of our Mass Inno Presentation

Posted in Events on September 8, 2010 No Comments

Before the big show, there are a million little bits of preparation. Now, I can't divulge exactly what's going to happen (they made me swear on a stack of DyIOs not to tell), but I can say this much: be sure to bring your smart phones to Mass Inno and be ready to sign into your Twitter accounts.
You're going to need them. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation. The competition is fierce and we truly need your help. Thanks!

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Maker Faire RI 2010 Review

Posted in on August 30, 2010 No Comments

We would like to thank everyone at the makers faire, what an amazing group of innovates, artists, and patrons! For those of you who came to our TEDx Boston pre-adventure in July, you were familiar with our Home Automation Demo and Jay Siegel's beautiful home blueprint. The best part for us was revealing our new Hexapod Walker, which ran off our flagship DyIO.
And, finally, welcome to The Play Shop! With laptops and a pile of parts, visitors of the makers faire were able to play and build their own robots. How often do you get to be a part of the show?
Oh and one more thing -- we still have DyIOs for sale.


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Maker Faire is Today!

Posted in Events on August 28, 2010 1 Comments

We're packed and ready. We're heading South.
Look out, Maker Faire! Neuron Robotics is in town!
We will be tweeting from the event, of course, and using hashtag #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The competition is fierce so we are counting on your vote. Thanks!

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Maker Faire is Tomorrow!

Posted in Events on August 27, 2010 No Comments

We are very excited about going to Maker Faire!
I used to live in Providence so, for me, it's a bit of a homecoming. It'll be great to see the old town again.
And it'll be even greater to see you.
Remember, the hashtag for the event is #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The competition is hot -- we really need your vote. Thanks!

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Thank You for Planning to Come to Maker Faire

Posted in Events on August 26, 2010 No Comments

We truly appreciate your interest in what we do. And, we're interested in you!
So come on over to Maker Faire and make sure to give us your Twitter handle so that we can follow you!
If you'd like to tweet about this event, kindly use hashtag #NRMF. Thanks!
See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. It's a thrilling race (the prize is to be able to present there), so we are counting on your vote. Thanks!

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A Preview of Our Demonstrations at Maker Faire

Posted in Events on August 25, 2010 2 Comments

In between purchasing candy and picking up your soda, movie houses have, traditionally, offered Coming Attractions before the big show.
Our next big show is Maker Faire, so here's a little preview of what's in store:
For those of you who came to our TEDxBoston pre-adventure in July, it's the return of the Home Automation Demo! Jay Siegel's beautiful home blueprint rides again for Maker Faire.
I've been told that there may be something called a hexapod. The guys haven't told me too much about it, so I will be as surprised as everyone else. Sounds interesting.
And, finally, welcome to The Play Shop! We will have laptops and parts and you'll be able to play and build. How often do you get to be a part of the show?
Oh and one more thing -- we will have DyIOs for sale. You can pick one up right there at Maker Faire!
Come by and get the details in person! And when you tweet about the event, please use hashtag #NRMF. Thanks! See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The competition is something fierce so we really need your vote. Thanks!

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Webcam at Maker Faire?

Posted in Events on August 24, 2010 No Comments

As they say, seeing is believing.
And, even if you can't physically come to Maker Faire, you can still see us in action.
I will apparently not be live blogging, but we will be videotaping a bit (not for the entire event as we are going to be there for something like ten hours from setup to take down!) so there should be something on the site afterwards.
Make sure to use hashtag #NRMF when you tweet about the event.
Thank you for following along! See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The race is hot, so we need your vote. Thanks!

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Driving Directions to Maker Faire

Posted in Events on August 23, 2010 No Comments

Maker Faire, this year, will be held at the Bank of America Skating Center at 2 Kennedy Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island, 02903.
Driving is easy. Providence is located on Route 95, a major Interstate highway.
Here is a map of the area:
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After getting onto Route 95 and traveling to Rhode Island, continue as follows:

  • Take Exit 22A-22B-22C for RI-10 West/Providence Place toward US-6 West
  • Take Exit 22A to merge onto Memorial Boulevard toward Downtown
  • Turn Right at Francis Street
  • Turn Left at Fountain St/Francis Street
  • Continue onto Dorrance Street
  • Turn Left at Washington Street
Your destination will be on the left.
When you tweet about the event, kindly use hashtag #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The race is very close -- we really need your vote! Thanks!

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Here's How it All Comes Together

Posted in Events on August 20, 2010 No Comments

You may be asking: How does what Neuron Robotics is doing relate to me?
Most of us, when we think of robots, we immediately dig into the immense pop culture storehouses in our brains. We envision Rosie Jetson, or Data from Star Trek. Or, if we are feeling particularly sinister, we see The Terminator.
And a lot of it boils down to exactly what a robot is. Is it a machine that moves? Not necessarily. Is it a machine that measures? Not always.
Our mission might make this clearer: what if your computer could readily communicate with the outside world? What if it could communicate, by gathering data from the world and presenting it to you, via its screen?
We have figured out how to do just that, using an input-output module called the DyIO. Come to Maker Faire and see exactly how.
And, when you tweet about the event, please use hashtag #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. The competition is fierce -- we definitely need your help! Thank you.

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What Kind of a Hands-On Experience Can You Expect?

Posted in Events on August 19, 2010 1 Comments

One thing about Maker Faire is that it is exhibits by all sorts of hobby enthusiasts. Among others, there are Suburban Utility Bike (it's a bike, no, it's a shopping cart, no, it's a ...), Firefly 2.0 (an artbot that skitters and flashes an LED) and wiblocks (these are educational kits, and rapid prototyping tools and crafts).
Hence our corner of Robotics is not the only field being represented. Our demonstrations are still being worked on, of course. Plus we want there to be surprises! But I am at liberty to say that you will be able to control a robot using a computer.
For that is our chief mission -- to give your computer a link to the outside world. I think we've achieved that. Come see for yourself. And when you tweet about the event -- and we hope you do -- please use hashtag #NRMF. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September. Thanks!

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What are we bringing to Maker Faire?

Posted in Events on August 18, 2010 No Comments

We're starting to think about what to pack in our bags, as Maker Faire is in ten days.
DyIOs? Check.
Computers? Check.
USB cables? Check.
Sensors? Checks.
After that -- aside from things I know I'm bringing, such as my business cards -- it's a mystery even to me!
So I guess I'll be surprised along with everyone else. Make sure to use hashtag #NRMF when you tweet about the event. See you there -- but before you go, please vote for us to present at Mass Innovation in September: Mass Inno voting Thanks!

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Is our booth at Maker Faire just about Robots?

Posted in Events on August 17, 2010 No Comments

Well, actually, it's not.
Neuron Robotics' main mission is to create interoperability. The DyIO can be used to connect any type of computer (e. g. a Mac, a PC or even a Linux box) to not only a robot, but also to sensors and switches.
At Maker Faire, we will show you how you can use your computer with a DyIO and a few switches and sensors to solve a few little household problems.
And that's just the start.

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Public Transportation Options to Maker Faire

Posted in Events on August 16, 2010 468 Comments

No car? No problem.
Maker Faire is being held at the Bank of America Skating Center, located at 2 Kennedy Plaza in beautiful Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is a rather accessible city.
From Massachusetts, you can take either the Providence/Stoughton Commuter Rail or Amtrak (either the NorthEast Regional or the Acela). Schedules run about every one to two hours, and the two trains take almost the same amount of time from Boston but the Acela is more expensive.
From Connecticut, take Amtrak. You can catch the Acela from New Haven or the NorthEast Regional from Bridgeport, New London and other stops in the Nutmeg State. From New Haven, the Acela is three times the price but saves about 30 minutes on the trip in each direction.
From Long Island, take the ferry from Orient Point and then switch for Amtrak's NorthEast Regional Service at New London, Connecticut. Ferries leave every hour on the hour and you can take your car, or not, as you wish.
The Providence train station is at 100 Gaspee Street. From there, either take a cab or walk southwest on Gaspee Street. Take the first left toward Railroad Street. Turn right at Railroad Street. Take the first left to stay on Railroad Street. Continue onto Exchange Street. Turn left at Memorial Blvd. Turn right at Fulton Street. 2 Kennedy Plaza will be on the left.
See you there!

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