RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – Oct 27, 2020

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.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – Sep 15, 2020

Meeting Video:

Meeting Chat Record: Chat Record (pdf)

When
• September 15th, 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 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)

Details

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

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

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsxVhTXg13M&t=3727s

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5fNLvRj8h0

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,
including
• 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.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – Sep 8, 2020

Meeting Video:

Meeting Chat Record: Chat Record (pdf)
When

• September 8th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the crisis is over and the Maker Space re-opens.

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 – Sep 1, 2020

Meeting Video:

Meeting Chat Record:  Chat Record (pdf)

When

• September 1st, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the crisis is over and the Maker Space re-opens.

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 – Aug 25, 2020

Meeting Video:

Meeting Chat Record: Chat Record (pdf)

• August 25th, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CST).
• RBNV will continue each Tuesday evening until the crisis is over and the Maker Space re-opens.

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.