Month: March 2013

Erica’s Novel Noggin’: Brain Update

Welcome again to Erica the Rhino’s weekly blog post. We hope you found the ‘Mechatronics’ update insightful and it may well have even inspired you to recreate something similar at home. This week we will be focusing on Erica’s brain

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A Typical Parts Delivery

A typical delivery of parts for Erica’s construction: Raspberry Pi, 5V power supply (big one to power all the RPi etc), usb hub (for plugging lots of USB devices like cameras into the RPi), saw blades (for the hatch –

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Why Raspberry Pi Computers?

Inside Erica will be a few Raspberry Pi computers which control things like cameras, ear motors, sounds, networking, lights etc. These were chosen because they have been specifically created for educational projects – and yet run all the software we

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Bright Eyed and ‘Tech-y’ Themed: Eye Mechatronics Update

Welcome again to Erica the Rhino’s website where you can keep up to date with her transformation from a fibreglass sculpture to a digitally interactive Rhino! You’ll be pleased to know that she has arrived safely in Southampton – photos have been uploaded to our Facebook page and Instagram profile; be sure to take a look and share with your friends.

During her stay here at the University’s ECS department, we will keep you guys up to speed with her progress through regular blog posts; you’ll even get a chance to make your own interactive rhino features at home; keep an eye on the page…

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Erica the Rhino Has Escaped the Wild and is here on the World Wide Web!

Welcome! You’re probably wondering who on earth Erica is and how she’s managed to escape the wild?! Well, in truth, she’s not a real rhino. She is one of many, life-sized, fibreglass models created by Marwell Zoo in celebration of their 40th anniversary, but Erica is unique…

Marwell Wildlife is bringing Go! Rhinos; a mass, world-class public art exhibition, to the streets and parks of Southampton for 10 weeks this summer. From the 13th July till the 22nd September, rhino sculptures will trail all over the city, demonstrating the artistic talent that Southampton has to offer. Over the last few months, a variety of local organisations have agreed to sponsor a Rhino and are in the process of painting them with their very own look and feel. The ECS department (Electronics and Computer Science), here at the University of Southampton are taking it one step further (check out the sponsorship announcement)!

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