RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – April 9, 2024


When

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

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.
• 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 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.

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 – February 27, 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 – ⭐
Tom C. – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights
• Iron Reign’s presentation
• Discussion on GPS-like alternatives for indoors
• Link to site showing the world’s current state of GPS jamming by governments
• Ray Caster – experiments with Aliexpress gimbel motors and controllers

When

• February 27, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – February 20, 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
• Excellent Tutorial on debugging on PlatformIO by Chris Netter – in meeting video
• Good info on ML on ESP32CAM using tiny ML and Edge Impulse: Drone Workshop Article
• Interesting Simulation Tool: Robot Overlord robot simulation tools

When

• February 20, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – February 13, 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 Willingson – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights
• Good demostration of balancing robot: Arduino BLDC balancer robot – Tutorial
• Extracting object distance from blob math by Mike Williamson: in meeting video
• More info on 3 arrayed ToF sensors by Mike Williamson: in meeting video
• Excellent PID Tutorial: DC motor PID speed control

When

• February 13, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – February 6, 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 Willingson- ⭐
Ray Casler – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights
• SeeedStudio Vision AI Module 2: $16 AI Module
• Good CAN Bus Tutorial: Tutorial
• Small Gimbel Motor: $6
• Makerbase SimpleFOC MINI FOC BLDC Motor Controller Board: $4
• Inexpensive MicroPython Board: choose the 405 variant
When

• February 6, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – January 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.
No stars rewarded this week

Robie’s Highlights
• Demo of 3 Arrayed ToF sensors by Mike Williamson – in meeting video
• Good info on I2C Clock Stretching Issues on Raspberry Pi: Article
• Excellent book on Raspberry Pi (also addresses I2C Clock Stretching solution): Harry Fairhead (Series of books)

When

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