Ending off 2012

Looking back at the year of 2012, it has indeed been an exciting year, in terms of my personal life as much as from tech and development's point of view.  With Samsung and iPhone users becoming more like football supporters every day - passionately fighting for why their device of choice is the better one, robotics developing in leaps and bounds and the increase in numbers of support for robotics events in South Africa.

The first South African RoboRace took place last weekend (1-2 December) at UCT, where undergraduate engineering students are challenged with taking a regular remote controlled car and turning it into robot racer which races around different tracks automatically.

WITS university hosted a Robotics talk on 22 November, which drew a big group of enthusiasts and interested parties, and it is my hope to see more events like this take place in 2013.

The support for FIRST Junior Lego League South Africa is also growing and many people are getting excited about that. .With the help of organisations like I-SET (Inspired toward Science, Engineering and Technology), the North Gauteng regional championship, which took place on 27 October was a huge success.

Even this blog has grown and changed quite a bit in it's first year and I am pleased with the results so far.  Thank you for everyone who have supported and visited this blog through the year.  The plan is to keep on finding interesting things to share and grow my own knowledge of how things work in the process.  As always, please feel free to share your experiences and knowledge.  Like Massimo Banzi says in his RS Components Arduino tutorials: "Build it, hack it, share it..."

On a personal level, I got married to a wonderful woman earlier this year and we couldn't be happier.  I also changed jobs which has proven to be both challenging and rewarding.

May your Christ-mas season be blessed and full of happiness (hopefully with many gadgets as presents) and may you enter the new year with renewed energy and heaps of faith, hope and love to share with the world around you in your own special way.

Best wishes to you all...

 - Jurie Weidemann
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