Picasts is a show discussing various robotics topics for the FIRST community. On each show, we discuss a different robotics topic and interview a different special guest who specialize in the topic. You can subscribe to our podcast on Google Reader or any RSS Feed Reader by entering this page's URL into it and clicking "Subscribe". You can search for Picasts by The Fighting Pi on iTunes and give us an honest rating as well. We also will read listener mail and answer any questions you may have. Write to us with listener mail or podcast suggestions on Twitter, Facebook, or email us at email@example.com.
"Picasts" are hosted by Steven S., and Brendan M. with other 1718 appearances from Bruce P., Zeke F., and Michael S.
#10 - Live Interviews at the Michigan State Championship (24:09) (11.0 MB)
In our 10th show, we interview teams 217 - The Thunder Chickens, 245 - The Adambots, 910 - The Foley Freeze, 1918 - NC Gears, 2145 - The HAZMATs, and 2959 - The Robotarians live during the Michigan FRC State Championship and ask them about their robot, team, and more! Special thanks to Riley, Sanjana, and Manvir (217), Cameron (245), Diego and Zane (910), Jessica and Marley (1918), Cole (2145), and John and Ryan (2959) for being in the podcast!
#9 - On the Spot at Grand Blanc (10:46) (4.93 MB)
In our 9th show, we put people on the spot at the Grand Blanc District Competition by asking them questions at microphone-point. What will they say when asked to describe FIRST as an ice cream flavor? It's not every day that three robotics kids with microphones greet you with the phrase "Hey, can I ask you a question?"
#8 - Live Interviews at Grand Blanc (22:14) (12.1 MB)
In our 8th show, we interview teams 51 - Wings of Fire, 302 - The Dragons, 2145 - The HAZMATs, 3322 - Eagle Imperium, 3570 - Pheonix, and 4507 - The Tar-Bots live during the Grand Blanc District Competition and ask them about their robot, team, and more! Special thanks to Eddy (51), Jared (302), Holly (2145), Nico and Jacob (3322), Stone (3570), and Jay (4507) for being in the podcast! Also, thank you to the G-Force quartet from MSU for the great intro and singing!
#7 - Interview with a FIRST Judge - It's Like Talking to a Wahl (ft. Mr. Wahl) (14:52) (6.80 MB)
In our 7th show, we interview Mr. Wahl, a FIRST judge and volunteer extraordinaire. Mr. Wahl answers all of our questions about how to become a judge, what judges look for, and what teams should avoid when being considered for an award.
#6 - Live Interviews at Waterford (26:10) (11.90 MB)
In our 6th show, we interview teams 33 - The Killer Bees, 67 - H.O.T., 573 - Mech Warriors, 1701 - The Robocubs, 2612 - The Waterford Mott Destroyers (W.M.D.), and 3539 - The Byting Bulldogs live during the Waterford District Competition and ask them about their robots, outreach, and more! Special thanks to Jess (33), Gary (67), Robert and Mikayla (573), Bubba and Dylan (1701), Joe (2612), and David (3539) for being good sports for our podcast. We appreciate it!
#5 - 2013 LabVIEW Beta Testing (ft. Michael P. and Alysa B.) (13:40) (6.26 MB)
In our 5th show, we talk about the 2013 term of National Instruments' LabVIEW Beta Testing. Michael P. and Alysa B., two members of our Beta Testing team, help us discuss the results of Beta Testing both for LabVIEW and for two new motor controllers - the Talon and the Victor 888. More information about our Beta Testing can be found here.
#4 - A "Wheel" Good Podcast (17:52) (8.18 MB)
In our 4th show, we talk about all types of wheels including Plaction, Mecanum, omni, and even spherical wheels. In addition, we talk about climbing robots, such as the Shrimp robot from EPFL, that combine walking legs with wheels to climb stairs. This one is "wheelie" good. Hur hur. (Section 3 of Principles of Robot Locomotion by Sven Bottcher does a great job of explaining all about wheels.)
#3 - Ultimate Ascent (ft. Zeke F.) (13:14) (6.06 MB)
In our 3rd show, we talk about the 2013 game, Ultimate Ascent, as well as new bumper rules, regulated motors, scoring, and more. SPOILER ALERT! A picture of our robot for this year can also be seen in the Game Manual in Figure 3-5a of Section 220.127.116.11 G23. Check it out!
#2 - Brainstorming (ft. Paul G., CAD Mentor) (11:04) (5.06 MB)
In our 2nd show, we introduce Paul G., a real, live, Italian engineer and CAD Mentor at 1718, and discuss the process of brainstorming and its importance in robot design.
#1 - Welcome to Picasts (2:20) (1.07 MB)
Welcome to our 1st show! Today, we will introduce ourselves and talk a little bit about how the show will be layed out in future podcasts.