November Competition 2017

Get Ready!

DPRG’s annual November indoor competition for 2017 is Saturday, November 11th. The competition will start at 12:30PM at the Dallas Maker Space. Competitors will have access to the course at Noon. The contest for this year is the 6 Can (see rules). Also, a competitor is taking on the unbeaten DPRG Challenge Line Following course (see course layout).

In addition to the competitions, Carl Ott will run his successful Challenge Line Following Simulation for the video. There will also be demonstrations of club member recent projects and robots.

Everyone is invited to watch or compete. Members are encouraged to attend and support the competitors.

 

 

Monthly Meeting – August 12th

David’s presentation slide deck: Moving Up to ARM

The next DPRG monthly meeting is at Noon on Saturday, August 12, at the Dallas Maker Space. This month there will be two presentations at the meeting.

Member Carl Ott will make the first presentation, which will touch on the use of  node.js and javascript in a robotics project from a beginner’s point of view. He will also give an update on his line following robot simulator. The simulator’s goal is to solve the DPRG Challenge line follower course that was first attempted in May of 2012. To date, no one has successfully completed the course. The course layout can be found at Challenge LF course diagram.

Member David Ackley will present how to prepare a STM32F103C8 minimalist ARM board, commonly called the “blue pill”, for use in the Arduino environment. He will also cover the new STMicro STM32 support package for Arduino. This initiative by STMicro allows programming of Nucleo boards and boards like the blue pill using the Arduino IDE.

NOTE: David’s presentation was actually made at the September 2017 monthly meeting due to time constraints. 

As always, remember to bring and share your projects with other members in an informal show and tell session after the presentations.

Monthly Meeting – July 8th

Will’s slide deck: slide deck (pdf)

The July DPRG monthly meeting is at Noon, on Saturday July 8, at the Dallas Maker Space.

Member Will Kuhnle is going to make a presentation on Closed Loop Feedback System (Servo) Design. He will be giving an overview of the design process including considerations taken for operating in discrete time, i.e., real-time sampled systems as we implement in our robot designs.

His design example system will involve a DC motor – certainly a common component in many our robotics control pursuits.

As always, remember to bring and share your projects with other members in an informal show and tell session after the presentation.

Come Build Robots in Plano, TX!

DPRG will hold its 2nd sesson at theLab.ms in Plano on Thursday, April 27th, between 6:30 and 11:00 PM. The event’s purpose is to help people complete their club or other robot. However if you have another project, please feel free to come work on it and socialize. Everyone is welcome.

Plastic Fastener Sumo Workshop

DPRG is proud to announce its annual Plastic Fastener Sumo Workshop. The workshop will be manned by experienced volunteers from the Iron Reign FTC team and DPRG members to help participants in the Roborama 2017 competitions (or similar) plastic fastener Sumo contest. If you need help with your Lego or Vex IQ system Sumo or line follower robot, this is where you want to be on Saturday, May 6th. The purpose of the workshop is to help competitors either get started or improve their Lego or VEX IQ based  Sumo or line follower robot.

The workshop will be held at the Dallas Makerspace located at 1825 Monetary Ln #104, Carrollton, TX 75006 (Map) between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 6th in the Interactive Classroom. The courses will remain setup until 4:00 PM for practice after the workshop.

You must bring your robot or robot parts (don’t forget your battery and charger). No parts will be provided.

In addition to the workshop, the courses for other Roborama contests will be setup, so that they can be used to test robots and practice for the competition.

The event is open to everyone.

 

 

Monthly Meeting – April 8th

Meeting is at Noon, on Saturday April 8, at the Dallas Maker Space.

Members of Iron Reign FTC team will demo their award winning  robot at the meeting. The Iron Reign team has a long time association with DPRG. This year they won the Judges Award at the South Super Regional and will be competing in the state championship. Their robot has become more sophisticated each year. It will be fun to view the construction and hear the strategies they are using in this year’s contests.

 April is also the month where the 2nd part of the meeting is devoted to Roborama  contest practice. The courses will be available for anyone wanting to test their robots.

As always, remember to bring and share your projects with other members in an informal show and tell session after the presentation.

 

Monthly Meeting – March 11th

Meeting is at Noon, on Saturday Mar 11, at the Dallas Maker Space.

Eric Chaney will present an overview of AForge, a C# framework designed for developers and researchers in the fields of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. Eric’s presentation will focus on the use of AForge with OpenCV.

Highlighted is a robot using AForge.

As always, remember to bring and share your projects with other members in an informal show and tell session after the presentation.

Club Robot Build Session at theLab.ms

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, March 16th, DPRG will hold a robot build session at theLab.ms in Plano, TX between 6:30 PM an 11:00 PM. This is the first DPRG event at theLab.ms. The event’s purpose is to help people complete their club or other robot. However if you have another project, please feel free to come work on it and socialize. Everyone is welcome.

Monthly Meeting – Feb 11, 2017

Ron’s slide deck: slide deck (PDF)



Meeting is at Noon, on Saturday Feb 11, at the Dallas Maker Space.

Ron Grant will  present an overview of the Processing environment, how to add libraries and tools, and show some simple examples. He will illustrate what can be done with the tool without a big commitment in time.

Presentation will cover:

  • Easing into Java from C

  • Basic graphics examples.

  • Two GUI Building Variants.

  • Serial Interface — talking to micro-controllers

  • Video Capture

Highlighted is a joint project with Will Kuhnle  – Interfacing a web cam to Arduino to control a 2D puck grabber arm.

As always, remember to bring and share your projects with other members in an informal show and tell session after the presentation.