[Etoys] [Squeakland] "dramabotics": Questions about using Bots Inc for storytelling

karl karl.ramberg at comhem.se
Wed Oct 10 16:08:27 EDT 2007

BotsInc is maybe not the best in environment to do this experiment as it 
has lots of safeguards against the full Squeak IDE.

I have not found any real support for the thing you want to do in either 
Squeakland or OLPC image.
If you want a quick solution you could try Scratch 
(http://scratch.mit.edu/) which has pretty good support for this kind of 
animation and talk bubbles.


Offray Vladimir Luna Cardenas wrote:
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> Hi All,
> This morning we talk in the etoys list about passing from etoys to
> Smalltalk using Bots Inc as a bridge and I proposed a project that I
> called "Dramabotics", the idea is to use Bots Inc for storytelling on
> local folklore. In this way, once the basic topics on etoys and Bots Inc
> were covered, we narrate some story where the actors are robots and
> etoys, making a bridge between programming and local folklore.
> At this moment my class and me are starting to explore the Bots Inc
> environment for this and we have two questions (I always ask myself if
> this is the proper place to ask, so point me another place if I'm wrong):
>  * Can the loadImage and lookLike messages of BotsInc support graphics
> made in other graphical tools, like Inkscape, provided that they are in
> the proper format (jpeg, png, etc) ?
>  * I have seen the method Pica-Bot>>Bot>>private
> morphic>>balloonFeedback and I'm trying to get different messages from
> the robot, for example:
> | probar |
> probar := Bot new.
> probar setBallonText: ('Rin Rin renacuajo...') withCRs.
> but this doesn't work, only if I change the message in the System
> Browser I get the desired behavior but I want a method for making the
> robots say different things.
> Thanks for your help. The more I use Squeak, the more I'm convinced of
> their powerful embedded ideas and its impact on education.
> Cheers,
> Offray
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