coolTECH was fun, start to finish. We started off a little bleary-eyes with a Fox Good Day show interview that mostly showcased TDT sleepiness at 7:30am, but rallied with later clips
of Cubie doing its stuff shooting wiffle balls at the camera. Members got plenty of public speaking practice, fielding questions from webcasters and other media, as well as crowds of visitors inquiring about FTC and FIRST, demoing the robot, and giving guests an opportunity to try driving both Cubie and Skypebot, which was also a big hit.
Recently graduated team member, Chris W., made an appearance driving the Skypebot around coolTECH from his home in Lutz, as did a couple of other test drivers.
to learn more about some of the products and processes we saw exhibited.
Now in its third year, coolTECH annually showcases breakthrough technologies and cutting-edge innovations that impact how people live and work. Among the emerging technologies on display at coolTECH 2010 are personal electronic transportation vehicles, digital pen and paper that captures handwritten data, motion activated video game technology, a balancing belt by Draper Labs, and great programs like FIRST robotics, which FTC Team Duct Tape and FLL team Mabry Robo-Dolphins from Mabry Elementary School, will be helping represent, that provide unparalleled hands on STEM education opportunities for youth. The keynote speaker will be Frank Farro, head of New Technology Research and Development for Walt Disney World.
One of Team Duct Tape’s student members, Chris Willingham, will also be showcasing his SkypeBot, a remotely operated robot that can be driven by almost anyone, from almost anywhere. coolTECH guests will have the opportunity to learn more about FIRST, see the team’s award-winning robot firsthand and have an opportunity to drive Team Duct Tape’s robot, as well.