RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – June 25, 2024


When

• June 25, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CDT).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

How


• Join Hangouts Meet https://meet.google.com/mwm-imzg-rss
• Join by phone: (US) +1 470-222-8542 , PIN: 334726924

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 – June 11, 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.

Jon Hylands – ⭐
Robie’s Highlights:
• Jon H. – Demonstrated new balancing robot
• Jon H. – Showed small ESP32 board made by Unexpected Maker, the Tiny S3
• General discussion on which microprocessors to recommend for beginners.
• Ray C. – Discussed “ESP32 Cheap Yellow Display” used by Random Nerds
• Ray C. – Discussed new AI camera option – MaixCAM
• Doug P. – Discussed new Hats for Rpi with split PCE buss – exciting future
• Ray C. – Update and discussion on Ray’s poor man’s 360 camera idea
• Harold P. – Discussed Vintage Computer Festival at UTD this weekend
• Mike W. – Discussion on tracked robots (tanks).
• Tom C. – Starting to gather info for new rover robot

When

• June 11, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CDT).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – May 21, 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.

Jon Hylands – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights:
• Call for Volunteers to Host/Record RBNV sessions during Summer.
• Jon H. – Demo of Roz robot doing Quick Trip.
• Jon H. – Discussion on Adam Savage’s balancing robot design.
• Ray C. – Idea of using flashlight reflector and beacons to localize to beacons using a camera looking at the convex reflector.
• Jack J. – Discussed and showed pictures of college competition using drones and rovers.
• David S. – Discussed Animatronic activites at DMS.
• Doug P. – Discussed SainSmart CNC 3030 ProverMax Router and Rpi5 USB3 Hub Hat.
• General discussion on GIT practices.

When

• May 21, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CDT).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – May 14, 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.

Jon Hylands – ⭐
Doug Paradis – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights:
• Jon H. – Roz demo.
• Doug P. – Vorpal Hexapod demo.
• David S. – Ongoing auction of agri robot.
• Discussion of robot camera options
• Harold P. – 3d printed hydroponic tower links.

When

• May 14, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CDT).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

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.

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.