RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – May 7, 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.

Scott Gibson – ⭐ ⭐ (double stars!)
Paul Bouchier – ⭐
Jon Hylands – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights:
• Scott G. – Demo of new robot “YAR” on Quick Trip and 4-Corners.
• Paul B. – Demo of “PiDog” on Quick Trip.
• Jon H. – Demo of Roz’s gait and working URC, including IMU.
• Joh H. – Discussion and link (see Chat Record) on IMU used on “RAZ” by Pesky Products
• Discussion on using a line laser to assist initial positioning of robot for Quick Trip
• Ray C. – Laser company recommendation https://www.aixiz.com/
• Doug P. – Show and Tell of XT60PW-W20 LiPo battery connector for PCB mounting.

When

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

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – April 30, 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.

Karim Virani – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights:
• John K. – Boston Robotics Dogs Dancing Video
• Karim V. – Pioneer robot Demo
• Discussion on DPRG’s measurement answer to the cubit – the soda can (as it is 2 soda cans high)
• Doug P. – Show and tell on 2 Raspberry Pi 4 PCEi bus hats – one for SSD, one for 4 USB-3.2 ports
• Discussion on Pi5 place between with other small computer.
• Discussion on Brady’s Presentation and making PCBs.
• Carl O. – Posting of potential part-time employment position.
• Discussion on Jon’s URC.
• Update on Roborama contest prizes.
• Mike W. – reported that dragging a can around with his claw didn’t impact his odometry.
• Discussion on a celebration for DPRG’s 40th year anniversary (maybe in the Fall).

When

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

DPRG Monthly Meeting: Designing and Making PC Boards – April 27, 2024

Meeting Video:

Slide Deck:  Slide Deck (PDF)

Join DPRG at the Dallas Maker Space on April 27, 2024 at 10:00AM CDT for a presentation by Brady Pamplin on how to design printed circuit boards and have them made professionally. Use the DPRG Door Bell for entry. Pizza will be served during the meeting. Meeting will also be streamed over Google meets (new link: meet.google.com/mwm-imzg-rss Join by phone: (US) +1 470-222-8542, PIN: 334726924) for remote viewing.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – April 23, 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 Dodgen – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights:
• Mike W. showed progress on his version of Jon’s URC
• Doug D. Demonstrated his PiDog
• Jon H. Demonstrated his URC exchangeing data with robot simulator
• Mike W. Demonstrated his robot running 4-corners contest
• Pat C. Discussion on using buck converters to power TTmotors w/ Encoders
• Karim V. Explained his accident that distroyed his Oak-D camera
• Jon H. Showed IMU working on URC
• Doug P. Discussing usefullness of constant current load modules
• Discussion on BNO055, BNO-086, and BNO-088 IMUs

When

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

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.