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Solar Subaru: panel flat by Kai Staats Solar Subaru: finished by Kai Staats

The Ultimate Camping Car
Want solar powered A/C for to charge your laptop, mobile phone, power tools, or run a bank of lights at night? It’s not easy, but you can permanently add a 100W solar panel, charge controller, battery, and inverter to your car.

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Karoo GP

  • Overview: An evolutionary algorithm (type of machine learning), a genetic programming application suite written in Python which provides both symbolic regression and classification analysis.
  • Stage of Development: Karoo GP was developed during Staats’ MSc research at the University of Cape Town / African Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), South Africa. Staats continues to improve Karoo, focused on performance, as it gains a more diverse user base.

Learn more and download Karoo GP at github.


  • Overview: A low-cost, hands-on system for experiential learning as a means to engage learners in robotics, evolutionary algorithms, and computer science.
  • Stage of Development: Prototype “walker” used to gage torque required to lift limbs, minimal number of joints required to simulate human motion over smooth terrain.
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