I’ve been all over the place lately on deciding what I should do and commit my time to. For the past 8 or so years, I’ve been building Ruby on Rails applications and though I’m pretty good at it I don’t find it intellectually challenging. I keep coming back to the idea of going back to school for my PhD. I’m also going back and forth on scaling Onomojo back up and focusing on development of Webster’s Classroom. I’ve decided to keep doing what I’m doing right now but start to do my own robotics research in my spare time. I bought a Microsoft Kinect for the visual sensor and I’m working on gathering the rest of the parts I’ll need to put together my first robot. It’ll be crude no doubt but the process will teach me the basics that’ll get me started. Above is a screencast of the Kinect connected to my Mac thanks to the OpenKinect project.