RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – Nov 24, 2020

When

•November 24th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the virus crisis is over.

How

• 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.
• Keep going while we’re stuck at home.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda:

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on as we’re all stuck at home
• 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 – Nov 17, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)

When

•November 17th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the virus crisis is over.

How

• 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.
• Keep going while we’re stuck at home.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda:

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on as we’re all stuck at home
• 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.

LFS Simulator Update and Installation: – DPRG Virtual Monthly Meeting, Nov 14th, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record: Chat record – partial (PDF)

Agenda:

This month’s DPRG monthly meeting is an update and preparation session to help people get ready for the December 12th Virtual Robot Competition.

Line Following Simulator Update:

DPRG member and simulator creator, Ron Grant, will go over the new features in LFS, the line following simulator used in the competition. LFS now includes a new “Time Warp” feature that allows you to view your robot’s journey around the track many times faster than actual robot travel speed. This feature is very useful to determine the effects of a change in the robot’s tuning or algorithm. The simulator has an improved user interface that allows for configurable parameters to be changed using slider controls on the fly.  LFS also has several other enhancements, including the ability to “skin” your robot’s image into the simulator.

LFS Workshop – Get your simulator running & start coding:

The second part of the meeting will be a workshop on how to install the software and how to write a robot controller. You are encouraged to download Processing and LFS from the links below and participate in the workshop. If you get stuck you will be able to share your screen and get help during the meeting. LFS has 3 example robot controllers included that can get you started.

Processing:  https://processing.org/

LFS:  https://github.com/ron-grant/LFS

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 (https://www.youtube.com/user/DPRGclips). By joining the meeting you’re giving consent to be included in the recording.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – Nov 10, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record: Chat record (PDF)

When

•November 10th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the virus crisis is over.

How

• 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.
• Keep going while we’re stuck at home.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda:

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on as we’re all stuck at home
• 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 – Nov 3, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record: Chat record (PDF)

When

•November 3th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the virus crisis is over.

How

• 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.
• Keep going while we’re stuck at home.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda:

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on as we’re all stuck at home
• 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 – Oct 27, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record: Chat record (PDF)

When

• October 27th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the virus crisis is over.

How

• 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.
• Keep going while we’re stuck at home.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda:

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on as we’re all stuck at home
• 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 – Oct 20, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record: Chat record (PDF)

When

• October 20th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the virus crisis is over.

How

• 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.
• Keep going while we’re stuck at home.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda:

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on as we’re all stuck at home
• 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 – Oct 13, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record: Chat record (PDF)

When

• October 13th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the virus crisis is over.

How

• 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.
• Keep going while we’re stuck at home.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda:

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on as we’re all stuck at home
• 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.

Robot Simulators: ColleliaSim and LFS Version 2 – DPRG Virtual Monthly Meeting, Oct 10th, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record: Chat record (PDF)
Link to Chris’s slide deck and 3PI simulation: Slide Deck and 3PI simulation link (github)

On October 10, 2020 at 1:00 CT, DPRG will host presentations on two robot simulators: ColleliaSim and LFS-2.

To attend: 

• Join Hangouts Meet: https://meet.google.com/hey-jxuo-esf
• Join by phone ‪+1 405-586-5598‬ ‬ PIN: ‪682 931 335 #‬

ColleliaSim is a robot simulator that has its own IDE. Based on a distributed control architecture, ColleliaSim, allows each object/model to be controlled by several methods: embedded script, plugin, ROS or BlueZero node, remote API client or a custom solution. Controllers can be written in C/C++, Python, Java, Lua, Matlab or Octave. CoppeliaSim can be used for fast algorithm development, robotics related education, industrial automation simulations, and much more. Details can be found at https://www.coppeliarobotics.com/.

Chris Netter, a frequent attendee to DPRG’s Tuesday night RBNV virtual meeting, used ColleliaSim to simulate and develop his competition fire fighting robot. He will present an overview of ColleliaSim and discuss a simulation of the Pololu 3PI robot.

LFS-2 is a 2D line following simulator created by DPRG member, Ron Grant. Ron introduced LFS-1 earlier this year as a method for members to develop algorithms to solve line following courses. It  generated much interest, and the idea that DPRG could hold a virtual Line Following contest later this year. Ron took the inputs from DPRG members and has developed LFS-2. He will present the new look of LFS-2, the added features, and how to setup your robot to start experimenting. LFS-2 uses the Processing language, the parent of the Arduino IDE. Processing can be found at https://processing.org/ .

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 (https://www.youtube.com/user/DPRGclips). By joining the meeting you’re giving consent to be included in the recording.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – Oct 6, 2020

Meeting Video:

Chat Record: Chat record (PDF)

When

• October 6th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the virus crisis is over.

How

• 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.
• Keep going while we’re stuck at home.
• Make it easier for people to attend DPRG remotely.

Agenda:

• Round table – everybody spends a couple minutes telling what projects they’re working on as we’re all stuck at home
• 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.