Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New .BOT gTLD from Amazon

Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of .BOT, a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) from Amazon. Customers can use .BOT domains to provide an identity and portal for their bots. Fitness bots, slack bots, e-commerce bots, and more can all benefit from an easy-to-access .BOT domain. The phrase “bot” was the 4th most registered domain keyword within the .COM TLD in 2016 with more than 6000 domains per month. A .BOT domain allows customers to provide a definitive internet identity for their bots as well as enhancing SEO performance.

At the time of this writing .BOT domains start at $75 each and must be verified and published with a supported tool like: Amazon Lex, Botkit Studio, Dialogflow, Gupshup, Microsoft Bot Framework, or Pandorabots. You can expect support for more tools over time and if your favorite bot framework isn’t supported feel free to contact us here: contactbot@amazon.com.

Below, I’ll walk through the experience of registering and provisioning a domain for my bot, whereml.bot. Then we’ll look at setting up the domain as a hosted zone in Amazon Route 53. Let’s get started.

Registering a .BOT domain

First, I’ll head over to https://amazonregistry.com/bot, type in a new domain, and click magnifying class to make sure my domain is available and get taken to the registration wizard.

Next, I have the opportunity to choose how I want to verify my bot. I build all of my bots with Amazon Lex so I’ll select that in the drop down and get prompted for instructions specific to AWS. If I had my bot hosted somewhere else I would need to follow the unique verification instructions for that particular framework.

To verify my Lex bot I need to give the Amazon Registry permissions to invoke the bot and verify it’s existence. I’ll do this by creating an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) cross account role and providing the AmazonLexReadOnly permissions to that role. This is easily accomplished in the AWS Console. Be sure to provide the account number and external ID shown on the registration page.

Now I’ll add read only permissions to our Amazon Lex bots.

I’ll give my role a fancy name like DotBotCrossAccountVerifyRole and a description so it’s easy to remember why I made this then I’ll click create to create the role and be transported to the role summary page.

Finally, I’ll copy the ARN from the created role and save it for my next step.

Here I’ll add all the details of my Amazon Lex bot. If you haven’t made a bot yet you can follow the tutorial to build a basic bot. I can refer to any alias I’ve deployed but if I just want to grab the latest published bot I can pass in $LATEST as the alias. Finally I’ll click Validate and proceed to registering my domain.

Amazon Registry works with a partner EnCirca to register our domains so we’ll select them and optionally grab Site Builder. I know how to sling some HTML and Javascript together so I’ll pass on the Site Builder side of things.

 

After I click continue we’re taken to EnCirca’s website to finalize the registration and with any luck within a few minutes of purchasing and completing the registration we should receive an email with some good news:

Alright, now that we have a domain name let’s find out how to host things on it.

Using Amazon Route53 with a .BOT domain

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable DNS with robust APIs, healthchecks, service discovery, and many other features. I definitely want to use this to host my new domain. The first thing I’ll do is navigate to the Route53 console and create a hosted zone with the same name as my domain.


Great! Now, I need to take the Name Server (NS) records that Route53 created for me and use EnCirca’s portal to add these as the authoritative nameservers on the domain.

Now I just add my records to my hosted zone and I should be able to serve traffic! Way cool, I’ve got my very own .bot domain for @WhereML.

Next Steps

  • I could and should add to the security of my site by creating TLS certificates for people who intend to access my domain over TLS. Luckily with AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) this is extremely straightforward and I’ve got my subdomains and root domain verified in just a few clicks.
  • I could create a cloudfront distrobution to front an S3 static single page application to host my entire chatbot and invoke Amazon Lex with a cognito identity right from the browser.

Randall



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Kinetic Sculpture Life of Tree Serves as a Metaphor for the Relationship between Scientific Theory and Reality #ArtTuesday

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by Stephanie

From Hypersonic:

Life of Tree is a kinetic sculpture that simulates a tree’s reflection in water; a metaphor for how all scientific theories are only a reflection of the underlying reality. Depending on the distortions of our theories, the reality is seen more or less clearly.

The sculpture was inspired by the biological tree of life, which highlights the underlying connection between all parts of our natural world, linking patterns across seemingly disparate disciplines.

The movement of Life of Tree embodies the universal scientific principles of resonance and frequency response – how all systems exhibit a wide range of responses across vast scales of space and time — sometimes known, sometimes hidden, and sometimes completely unexpected. Life of Tree creates a reflection of the natural world that keeps our eyes open toward the unknown.

Read more and see more from Plebian Design on vimeo


Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!

NEW PRODUCT – Foot Pedal Potentiometer – Sewing Machine Speed Controller

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by Angelica

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NEW PRODUCT – Foot Pedal Potentiometer – Sewing Machine Speed Controller


We’ve had a foot pedal switch in the store for a while but some people have contacted us asking if there was a way to retrofit it to perform variable speed control, like a potentiometer. And here it is! This is a Foot Pedal Potentiometer (a.k.a Sewing Machine Speed Controller).

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This is a really nice quality one, very sturdy, with a friendly 3.5mm ‘audio’ connector on the end, so it’s incredibly easy to integrate into your project. You can use a 3.5mm terminal-block adapter, in-line wired jack, breadboard jack, or a panel mount jack. A lot of the cheap samples we looked at have a wall plug, are very low resistance (because they’re meant to go in-line with the mains power) or are not very durable.

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When no pressure is placed on the pedal, you’ll read about 20 KΩ. When pressed down all the way, you’ll read about 1 KΩ, and the resistance change is linear with the motion. Connect one side to ground, then the other side to a 10K resistor pull-up to your microcontroller’s logic voltage. Then read the divided analog voltage, like you would with a photo-cell or other ‘resistive’ type sensor.

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In stock and shipping now!

NEW PRODUCT – Thin White Wheel for TT DC Gearbox Motors – 65mm Diameter

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by Angelica

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NEW PRODUCT – Thin White Wheel for TT DC Gearbox Motors – 65mm Diameter


We’re keepin’ it wheel with this one! Plastic gear-box motors (also known as ‘TT’ motors) are an easy and low cost way to get your projects moving. But we’ve noticed that there are not a lot of nice TT motor wheels to go along with them.

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This Thin White Wheel has solid heft, but it won’t make your robot bulky. Despite looking a lot like our continuous rotation servo wheel, this wheel is only for use with ‘TT’ gearbox DC motors!

Each order comes with one wheel. If you’re looking for something narrower, take a look at our Skinny Wheel. We also have a chunky orange wheel.

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In stock and shipping now!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Robots complete span of 3D-printed bridge for Amsterdam canal #3DPrinting #Robotics

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by Ben

Via DeZeen:

Robots have finished 3D printing the structure of a steel pedestrian bridge devised by technology startup MX3D, which is set to span a canal in Amsterdam.

Dutch designer Joris Laarman is working with with Amsterdam-based robotic manufacturing technology start-up to build the 12-metre-long bridge, which will eventually cross a canal in the Dutch capital.

Six-axis robots were used to “draw” the 4-metre-wide structure in the air from layers of molten steel.

Engineering firm Arup and researchers from Imperial College London are due to perform several full load tests to prove the structural integrity of the bridge, which is being printed inside a former shipbuilding hangar.

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Chic Cat Bed Designers Debut More Classy Furniture For Suspiciously Self Aware Felines

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by Kelly

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It’s feline-focused world and we humans are just lucky enough to live in it, via designboom.

the traditional cat tree is typically a hodgepodge of unintentional design decisions, eyesores to many designers. unfortunately, designers often bite the oblong bullet anyway, for the sake of the contentment of their selfish feline friends. they purr away in their ugly living-room-castle, while your highly-curated furniture suddenly gets lost in the calamity. meyou paris’ new products takes out the need to make this compromise: ‘meyou’s furniture reconciles your cat’s needs with your design expectations.’

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Friday, April 20, 2018

AWS Support – The First Decade

We launched AWS Support a full decade ago, with Gold and Silver plans focused on Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Amazon SQS. Starting from that initial offering, backed by a small team in Seattle, AWS Support now encompasses thousands of people working from more than 60 locations.

A Quick Look Back
Over the years, that offering has matured and evolved in order to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse base of AWS customers. We aim to support you at every step of your cloud adoption journey, from your initial experiments to the time you deploy mission-critical workloads and applications.

We have worked hard to make our support model helpful and proactive. We do our best to provide you with the tools, alerts, and knowledge that will help you to build systems that are secure, robust, and dependable. Here are some of our most recent efforts toward that goal:

Trusted Advisor S3 Bucket Policy CheckAWS Trusted Advisor provides you with five categories of checks and makes recommendations that are designed to improve security and performance. Earlier this year we announced that the S3 Bucket Permissions Check is now free, and available to all AWS users. If you are signed up for the Business or Professional level of AWS Support, you can also monitor this check (and many others) using Amazon CloudWatch Events. You can use this to monitor and secure your buckets without human intervention.

Personal Health DashboardThis tool provides you with alerts and guidance when AWS is experiencing events that may affect you. You get a personalized view into the performance and availability of the AWS services that underlie your AWS resources. It also generates Amazon CloudWatch Events so that you can initiate automated failover and remediation if necessary.

Well Architected / Cloud Ops Review – We’ve learned a lot about how to architect AWS-powered systems over the years and we want to share everything we know with you! The AWS Well-Architected Framework provide proven, detailed guidance in critical areas including operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization. You can read the materials online and you can also sign up for the online training course. If you are signed up for Enterprise support, you can also benefit from our Cloud Ops review.

Infrastructure Event Management – If you are launching a new app, kicking off a big migration, or hosting a large-scale event similar to Prime Day, we are ready with guidance and real-time support. Our Infrastructure Event Management team will help you to assess the readiness of your environment and work with you to identify and mitigate risks ahead of time.

Partner-Led Support – The new AWS Solution Provider Program for APN Consulting Partners allows partners to manage, service, support, and bill AWS accounts for end customers.

To learn more about how AWS customers have used AWS support to realize all of the benefits that I noted above, watch these videos (and find more on the Customer Testmonials page):

The Amazon retail site makes heavy use of AWS. You can read my post, Prime Day 2017 – Powered by AWS, to learn more about the process of preparing to sustain a record-setting amount of traffic and to accept a like number of orders.

Come and Join Us
The AWS Support Team is in continuous hiring mode and we have openings all over the world! Here are a couple of highlights:

Visit the AWS Careers page to learn more and to search for open positions.

Jeff;



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