As planned, today (January the 18th, 2012) was the last day my Skype car was up and running. I’m really happy with how the project turned out, and I’ve had a bunch of great responses. But before we get to that: I was asked to put up some stats, so stats there shall be.
As of today, the robot has been driven more than 700 times, with an average connection time of about 4 minutes! It’s been used from countries all over the world, including the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Belgium, South Korea, Bazil, the UK, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Iceland, India, and many more. The most popular OS was Windows, followed by Mac, and the most popular browsers were Chrome and Firefox.
If that’s not enough for you, you can hit the goo.gl stats link right here for lotsa more juicy numbers: http://goo.gl/info/7LLaU#all_time
A lot of stuff has been going on around this project, so here’s a timeline with all the highlights:
- 1/4/2012: Project launch, with a post here, a video on YouTube, and posts on the MindBOARDS and RobotC forums;
- 1/6/2012: Took the robot offline for the night and better part of the day to solve an issue with the battery’s wire getting tangled and ripping the robot apart – went wireless.
- 1/7/2012: Featured on the NXT STEP;
- 1/7/2012: Got asked to become a contributor on the RobotC blog and wrote my first post a few days later;
- 1/9/2012: Featured on the Make Magazine blog;
- 1/10/2012: Featured on Engadget! reblogged a load from there;
- 1/12/2012: Featured on first international website (great article, too);
- 1/13/2012: Got a YouTube PM from a tech writer for M3, Sweden’s largest gadget magazine, who asked me for HQ photos of my Skype car for their next print issue!
I also had a blast looking at what people thought of my robot, and even messaging with random people who had tried it out – one was a dad, who showing his son what Mindstorms NXT was all about (which was exactly what this project was for), and another one asked me if this was my bachelor project (it’s not), just to name two.
So yeah I hope you all liked it and expect more stuff soon – I’ve got an awesome sensor coming my way.
PS: I’m thinking about entering it into the Google Science Fair. Good idea?