Robot Simulator Progress / Web Meeting Broadcast Tools – DPRG Virtual Monthly Meeting, Sep 12th, 2020

Meeting Video:

Meeting Chat Record: Chat Record (pdf)

Carl’s Slidedeck: Slidedeck (pdf)


Join us on Saturday at 1:00 PM CDT, September 12th for two presentations, by DPRG members Ron Grant and Carl Ott.

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Part 1: LFS Client/Server Demo

Ron will demo fresh updates to his Line Following Simulator project. This is a rapidly evolving project which DPRG hopes to feature in its’ at-least-partly-virtual 2020 Fall Robot competition. This latest version has a client/server architecture, designed to better separate robot code from simulator code. This updated architecture should implicitly help robot builders create a better abstraction layer between their controller logic and the hardware platform. With any luck, and a little planning – you may even find it easy to port your abstract robot controller to a physical robot.

Back-story- Ron and Will shared a very capable but early version of this environment in DPRG’s 8 Aug meeting – watch it here:

And then, in a regular Tuesday night online chat, we all realized that it was the PERFECT tool for today’s COVID-19 world. Watch the concept crystallize here starting around 1:50:34:

Bottom line- we’re working to allow contestants to submit virtual robots to compete in a standard simulation environment this Nov/Dec. We may not be able to host a big crowd at the Dallas Maker Space, but we hope to attract competitors and groupies from all over the globe!

Part 2: Web Meeting Broadcast & Recording Tools

Stuck attending virtual meetings from home?
Looking for ways to jazz up and web-share something fancier than your desktop?
Want to create picture in picture, or mix cameras, screens and other media sources in real time?

Carl will demo several handy Open Source/ Freemium items for these virtual times,
• OBS: Open Broadcaster Software®️
• NDI Tools for Win/Mac, and companion mobile apps
• various plugins that help tie it all together…

About DPRG Monthly Meetings

DPRG hosts presentations each month during its regular membership meeting. These meetings and presentations are open to public and free to attend. We hope to see you there. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Note: We do 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.

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