Windows Phone-powered t-shirt cannon at MIX10

Computers & Mobile Robotics

At the MIX10 conference this past week, MAKE had a booth embedded inside the Coding4Fun exhibit. We showed off MAKE magazine, some of our Make: Books, and a few kits. Our Coding4Fun neighbors had a lot of great projects on display, including their Coding4Fun Cannon, which was a robotic t-shirt launching platform with two barrels. What’s more, it was controlled by a Windows Phone 7 app, and they completed it in two weeks. Here’s how Clint Rutkas of Coding4Fun described it:

Mid-February, we were asked to build a t-shirt shooting robot for the Mix conference on March 15th, 2010. This required us to pitch our vision and then research, build, test, and ship our project–all in about 3 weeks. After Scott Guthrie gave us approval based on our SketchFlow demo, we had to divide and conquer the application with only 2 weeks left to build the physical robot, the server software, and the phone software. And on top of all that, since we were consuming an unfinished product, everything had to have backup plans.

Read all about it at Coding4Fun: Coding4Fun Cannon – Project Overview
Read a sample chapter from the upcoming Learning Windows Phone Programming at O’Reilly Answers

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