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!
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!