RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – April 23, 2024


When

• April 23, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

How

— Meeting link may change, check nearer to meeting time —
• Join Hangouts Meet https://meet.google.com/hey-jxuo-esf
• Or join by phone ‪+1 405-586-5598‬ ‬ PIN: ‪682 931 335 #

Why

• Talk robots & related stuff.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on.
• Ad-hoc presentations – Whoever would like to show & tell.
• “Stump the club” Challenges – Ask for help if you’ve hit a roadblock in your project. Somebody in the club can probably get you pointed in a good direction – or even arrange a side bar session to help.

Note: We record a video of these sessions and post them on the DPRG YouTube channel. By joining the meeting, you’re giving consent to be included in the recording.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – April 16, 2024

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Star Rewards  (★ = significant robot progress, ⭐ = robot progress and running on floor):
Stars are awarded by group during the meeting.
No stars rewarded this week

Robie’s Highlights:
• Discussion on Xiaomi CyberGear Micromotor.
• Mike W. showed his copy of Jon’s URC, displayed test pgms
• Discussion on best way to use Git on copies of Jon’s MPY repository
• Discussion on changing parameters in ROS2
• Discussion on how to pay for Aliexpress purchases.
• How to use multiple ST VL53Lxxxx sensors.
• Luxonis’s Roborumble 1 competition recent announcement
• DPRG Google list news
• Discussion on various JST type connectors, and their availablity.
• Show and tell of robots either just started or previously not shared.

When

• April 16, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – April 9, 2024

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Star Rewards  (★ = significant robot progress, ⭐ = robot progress and running on floor):
Stars are awarded by group during the meeting.
Doug Dodgen – ⭐

Robie’s Highlight”s:
• Paul B. – Plans for transistion of dprglist to Google Groups
• Eclipes images
• Doug P. – Demo and discussion of ArduCam PiNsight running AI model for locating traffic cones.
• Doug D. – Photos and Videos of RoboDog at Galvastion Steam Punk Convention.
• Jon H. – Discussion on URC and scheduling of meeting for explaining the software (Sat 13th, 9AM CDT).
• Harold P. – Discussion on ZeroTier.
• Ray C. – Described the cellular moduile T-SIM7080GS3 (~$30).
• John C. – Showed a Pico breadboad that he made. Noted that the pinouts of varous Pico boards are different.
• Discussion on Pico.
• Mike W. – Described issue with ROS and the latest OpenMV camera.
• Jack J. – Described phone based interface he is developing for his coffee robot using Flutter.
• Ray C. – Showed new robot platform with brushless motors.

When
• April 9, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – April 2, 2024

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Star Rewards  (★ = significant robot progress, ⭐ = robot progress and running on floor):
Stars are awarded by group during the meeting.
MiKe Williamson – ⭐
Doug Paradis – ★

Robie’s Highlights:
• Eclipse Discussion.
• Mike Williamson demo of data fusing ToF array sensor wall distance info and odemetry.
• Discussion on addressing multiple I2C devices with same address.
• Karim Virani discussed efforts to revive one of the large rover robots purchased surplus last year.
• Doug Dodson showed the ‘leather armor’ robot holder vest for his Robodog.
• Discussion on new non-wheeled class in Quick Trip competition this June 1.
• Doug P. showed extraction of line following path from tile using Maix Bit Camera.
• Discussion on basic beginner low cost robot used in prior DPRG beginner classes.

When

• April 2, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – March 26, 2024

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Star Rewards  (★ = significant robot progress, ⭐ = robot progress and running on floor):
Stars are awarded by group during the meeting.
No stars rewarded this week

Robie’s Highlights:
• Discussion about DPRG’s new Discord server.
• Issues with IMU intergration with ROS2 Navigation stack – Mike Williamson
• RoboMagellan robot CAD update – Jon Hylands
• Replication of Jon’s Universal Robot Controller (URC) – Doug Paradis
• Files for Jon’s URC case

When

• March 26, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

DPRG Monthly Meeting: KABAM Robotics Presentation – March 23, 2024

Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 AM CDT, DPRG will have a presentation from Rob Salsman, KABAM Robotics VP, who will talk about their security robots CO-LAB (indoor) and HALO (outdoor).

KABAM Robotics is a Singaporean company specializing in security and surveillance robots. They are ramping up their US activities, and also starting to hire engineers to be based here. This could be a great networking opportunity if you’re looking for work in Robotics!

You can look at videos of the robots in action on KABAM’s website at https://kabam.ai – The robots have interesting solutions to navigation problems that robot builders try to solve for DPRG’s Roborama contests.

Following the presentation and questions, members are encouraged to bring their projects and robots for a show and tell.

Meeting Videos:
Part 1- KABAM Robotics

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Part 2- Regular Monthly Meeting

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)

When:

  • March 23, 2024
  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM CDT – Pizza will be served at lunch time

Where:

  • Dallas Makerspace – North Lobby Classroom (ring DPRG doorbell to be admitted)
  • 1825 Monetary Ln, Suite 104 · Carrollton, TX

Remote:
The meeting is available to remote members and interested parties using the info below.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – March 19, 2024

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Star Rewards  (★ = significant robot progress, ⭐ = robot progress and running on floor):
Stars are awarded by group during the meeting.
Mike Williamson – ⭐ ★ (double stars!)
Jon Hyland – ⭐ ★ (double stars!)

Robie’s Highlights

  • Discussion on club’s decision to move to Discord and Google Meet
  • Mike Williamson – 6 can demo using ROS robot
  • Jon Hylands – update on new features to his robot configuator including Google Maps
  • Jon Hylands – show and tell RoboMagellan robot construction
  • Jon Hylands – Alternate fail safe button designs for robot configuator
  • Ray Casler – Brushless gimbel motor PID demo
  • Paul Bouchier – Demo of PiDog
  • Jon Hyland – 4 leg robot demo

When

• March 19, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – March 12, 2024

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Star Rewards  (★ = significant robot progress, ⭐ = robot progress and running on floor):
Stars are awarded by group during the meeting.
Paul Bouchier – ⭐
Pat Caron – ★

Robie’s Highlights
• Reminder: Monthly Meeting – March 23 between 10AM-2PM – Guest Speaker from Kabam robotics.
• Mike Williamson – Trouble with odometry pods on new robot.
• Paul Bouchier – PiDog demo.
• 2024 eclipse questions about what filter to use on camera or phone (tapping Doug D. expertise)
• Ray Casler – Brushless motor driver progress
• Brandon Holt – Using M.2 SSD on Raspberry Pi 5
• John C. – Exploration of PID auto tuning
• Pat Caron – Debugging Arduino Zero clone in VScode.

When

• March 12, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – March 5, 2024

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Star Rewards  (★ = significant robot progress, ⭐ = robot progress and running on floor):
Stars are awarded by group during the meeting.
Mike Williamson – ⭐
Jon Hylands – ★ ⭐ Double Stars!

Robie’s Highlights
• Mike Willison’s 6-can ROS2 robot demo
• More info on Mike Willison’s ToF 3-8×8 array sensor
• ROS Bag analysis of Mike Willison’s 3-8×8 array sensor by Paul Bouchier
• Show and Tell of Jon Hylands RoboMagellan robot
• Demo of Joh Hylands wearable teleop watch and fail-safe trigger using ESP32 Now
• Details of Waveshare’s new round display (part of Jon’s wearable)
• Pat Caron’s experiences attempting to get openOCD working with Arduino Uno 4
• Ray Casler’s experiences with 12A Makerbase Simple FOC dual brushless ESC.
• Tool recommendation on small electric screwdriver by Jon Hylands

When

• March 5, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.