[linux-audio-user] Software suitable for children

michael at michaelshiloh.com michael at michaelshiloh.com
Sat Dec 9 16:53:33 EST 2006

On Sat, 9 Dec 2006, Brad Fuller wrote:

> michael at michaelshiloh.com wrote:
>>  I've joined the squeakland mailing list and hope to learn more from the
>>  conversations there, and of course experimenting with squeak as well.
>>  I'm particularly interested in working with kids to build mechanisms using
>>  motors and relays, controlling them via computer, and integrating with
>>  images
>>  and/or sounds on the computer. I'm pretty happy with my hardware interface
>>  and
>>  construction methods (foam core, hot glue, motors from solarbotics,
>>  objects
>>  removed from discarded electronic equipment, which the kids help take
>>  apart,
>>  etc.) but I've been searching for an easy-to-use, free, Linux supported
>>  multimedia environment that would support this. Squeak might be exactly
>>  what
>>  I've been looking for. Would you have any final thoughts on where I might
>>  look
>>  next in researching how squeak can help me here, or find others doing this
>>  sort
>>  of work with squeak?
>>  Thanks again for all your advice,
>>  Michael
> Hmm... several people do work with squeak and robots, gumstix, etc.
> Jon Hylands has done some work with robots and squeak.
> http://www.huv.com/jon/

Ah yes. I thought the name was familiar. He and his brother Dave are quite
prolific in the robotic community, and extremely helpful.

> Stéphane Ducasse wrote a book about "virtual" robots. Might be helpful
> http://smallwiki.unibe.ch/botsinc
> I would search through the squeak-dev list for what you are looking for:
> squeakbot site:lists.squeakfoundation.org
> robots site:lists.squeakfoundation.org
> there's a lot there.

Excellent. Thanks. I'll report on progress.


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