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.

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 – March 5, 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 – ⭐
Jon Hylands – ★ ⭐ Double Stars!

Robie’s Highlights
• Mike Willison’s 6-can ROS2 robot demo
• More info on Mike Willison’s ToF 3-8×8 array sensor
• ROS Bag analysis of Mike Willison’s 3-8×8 array sensor by Paul Bouchier
• Show and Tell of Jon Hylands RoboMagellan robot
• Demo of Joh Hylands wearable teleop watch and fail-safe trigger using ESP32 Now
• Details of Waveshare’s new round display (part of Jon’s wearable)
• Pat Caron’s experiences attempting to get openOCD working with Arduino Uno 4
• Ray Casler’s experiences with 12A Makerbase Simple FOC dual brushless ESC.
• Tool recommendation on small electric screwdriver by Jon Hylands

When

• March 5, 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.