I never mentioned in any of my English blogs that I had a nice tour outside the city to a university campus. The university is called Islamic University of Technology; IUT in its colloquial form. The varsity holds an ICT Festival every year starting from 2009. This year they held 3rd ICT Fest 2011 and I was invited to there as a media correspondent.

It was my first time roaming into a university campus like that. As a school-goer, I have had many experiences as a journalist that I can say none of my age has had. I went outside the city twice before that and each time my job was journalism. How many school-goers get that chance? My boss at the office often introduces me to people saying ‘the youngest’ ICT writer in Bangladesh. Well, I’d say that I’m the youngest when it comes to writing in Bangladesh Press. Blogosphere has many more technology writers younger than me.

Anyway, let’s get back to the point. This year, the ICT Fest had so much fun. Gaming contest, programing contest, quiz contest, ICT Olympiad, project showcasing and so much more. What was the most interesting part of the entire program was project showcasing. Different teams from different universities across the country participated in the program and showcased their new and innovative project. Among them was a little game that was more like Sonic the Hedgehog. There was this SMS voting system, software for accounting and financing, software for translating between Bangla and English and many more.

But what counts is who won the first prize. And that’s where Robotic comes in.

Robotic is a nice little robot that looks more like a confused electronic gadget. But when it plays, you will be amazed. I didn’t discuss how it was made and all that with the makers who showcased the project from Daffodil International University. But I saw how it worked. There were a couple of rulers, a webcam, a CD-ROM, a marker pen and a desktop computer. What caught my attention was the operating system the computer was running. It was Ubuntu!

robotic by Daffodil International University

Ubuntu has a sleek interface that will draw your attention from many meters away. The robot sees your input using the webcam that is set up above the playground! They used little papers to input their turn. Then the robot realizes where the turn is made and then shows its guess in the terminal. User has to input y/n to confirm that the robot has realized correctly. Then comes the Robotic’s turn.

You can read the entire description of the video in its YouTube page by clicking right here.

It’s interesting to see that engineers are now taking the advantage of free operating system. Does this show us the future? Will robots and maybe even cars, fans, lights, TVs, Refrigerators and all those electronic stuff soon be controlled by Ubuntu? Well, who knows, right? But one thing is for sure: Ubuntu can do anything. All it needs is your endless efforts!

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    1. Yup, although these days most of the time I am on Windows because of an Internet modem issue that I posted about on Ubuntu Forums. No solution yet.

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    1. By the way, I was wondering if you ever been to an Ubuntu operating system.

      On 10 May 2011 23:58, Aminul Islam wrote:

      > You are right. The time was interesting although at the end I was too > tired. > >

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  1. I don’t understand robotics/technology too well. However, I did take time to read your piece and it’s interesting. Of course, I don’t understand the full capacity of what it is or what it can possibly do in the future, but I’m guessing it’s a program?

    I’ll gladly follow your blog, if you explain things in more detail to those of us who don’ t know technology…you’ll have a new reader! (or refer me to your English blogs- I’m in USA)

    I don’t know how you found my blog, but thanks for visiting! I’m all about meeting new people and creating new blogging friendships from all over the world! It’s exciting.

    Congratualtions on being invited as a media correspondent for the event! That’s exciting as so many bloggers wish to be published authors and you’re actually writing for events! Yea for you! πŸ™‚

    Sandi
    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com
    Lake Forest, California USA

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    1. I’m glad that you’re planning to read my blog. πŸ™‚ If you have anything to ask, you can always use the Contact Me page from the top navigation panel. I know a little bit of technology when it comes to computer and the Internet. If you’d like to know about something that I know of, I’d be happy to help you out. πŸ™‚

      Journalism and getting published is really an interesting feeling although I have a dream to be in big mainstream media someday. πŸ™‚

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        1. Of course. Some school mates of mine, who are in a computer major, kept talking of it. They say that it is good to experiment. I’m also curious but is it hard to program? I’m quite confuse where to begin in learning. Unlike web designing, HTML is always the footstep. Any recommendation? πŸ™‚

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          1. Recommendation to what? I’m still unclear.

            But Ubuntu is no longer hard to use. It’s graphical user interface has made it absolutely easy to use even for those who have never touched a computer before. However, as a computer user used to Windows operating system, you might feel Ubuntu a little bit hard. But that’ll go away the more you use it. It never hangs, never catches a virus, and never needs a reinstallation unless you seriously mess things up.

            Take a look at http://www.ubuntu.com to see the features of recently released Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.

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            1. I’ve tried Ubuntu before in a cafe shop and indeed it is hard to infiltrate. I can’t install any software no matter how I try or even add a plug-in.

              It is cool but it limits some of usabilities like a printer comparability that I can’t afford to lose.

              Also why do people geeks prefer Ubuntu over Windows. Is it because of the liberty of tweaking?

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            2. I wouldn’t say Ubuntu is as hard as you’re saying. Like I said above, you feel it hard because you’re habituate with Windows. At least, installing software is a thousand times easier in Ubuntu than Windows. Have you tried the Ubuntu Software Center? All you need is search for a software, click install, provide password when prompted and you’re done. The software will then be downloaded from the Internet and automatically install.

              Not to mention that the real taste of Ubuntu lies when you’re permanently connected to the Internet.

              Devs and Geeks actually prefer stability, security, user-friendliness and neatness in an operating system. So, you’ll notice that most of them actually prefer Mac over Windows. And Ubuntu and Mac both are based on Unix. So, despite some software compatibility facts, Mac and Ubuntu both provide almost same user experience. And that’s why geeks mostly like Mac, Ubuntu and then Windows. But I have seen lots of dedicated Mac users who also use Ubuntu in their computer.

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