RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – July 16, 2024


When

• July 16, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CDT).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

How


• Join Hangouts Meet https://meet.google.com/mwm-imzg-rss
• Join by phone: (US) +1 470-222-8542 , PIN: 334726924

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.

DPRG Monthly Meeting: Using AI to Detect Traffic Cones – June 22, 2024

Slide Deck:  Slide Deck (PDF)

Join DPRG in a virtual meeting held on June 22, 2024, at 10:00AM CDT for a presentation by Bob Cook, winner of the 2023 SRS RoboMagellan, on how to use AI to detect traffic cones. Bob will cover everything from data collection to building a model and loading it onto a small board computer. This is a great opportunity to see in a practical manner how a model is built.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – June 11, 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.

Jon Hylands – ⭐
Robie’s Highlights:
• Jon H. – Demonstrated new balancing robot
• Jon H. – Showed small ESP32 board made by Unexpected Maker, the Tiny S3
• General discussion on which microprocessors to recommend for beginners.
• Ray C. – Discussed “ESP32 Cheap Yellow Display” used by Random Nerds
• Ray C. – Discussed new AI camera option – MaixCAM
• Doug P. – Discussed new Hats for Rpi with split PCE buss – exciting future
• Ray C. – Update and discussion on Ray’s poor man’s 360 camera idea
• Harold P. – Discussed Vintage Computer Festival at UTD this weekend
• Mike W. – Discussion on tracked robots (tanks).
• Tom C. – Starting to gather info for new rover robot

When

• June 11, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CDT).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – May 28, 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:
• Ray C. – Described his appliance that links his robot to his laptop via Serial using a ESP-NOW.
• Brief discussion of Wixel.
• Jon H. – Showed his progress on a new robot based on Adam Savage’s Star Wars robot prop.
• Discussion on Roborama rules.
• Discussion on sensors used by Mike W. on his 3 unit ToF sensor’s with 8×8 senssing array per sensor.
• People discussing problems (whining) they were having with their robots pre-competition.
• Paul B. offered basic PiDog program for Quick Trip on GitHub to encourage participation.

When

• May 28, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CDT).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.

RBNV – Robot Builders Night Virtual – May 21, 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.

Jon Hylands – ⭐

Robie’s Highlights:
• Call for Volunteers to Host/Record RBNV sessions during Summer.
• Jon H. – Demo of Roz robot doing Quick Trip.
• Jon H. – Discussion on Adam Savage’s balancing robot design.
• Ray C. – Idea of using flashlight reflector and beacons to localize to beacons using a camera looking at the convex reflector.
• Jack J. – Discussed and showed pictures of college competition using drones and rovers.
• David S. – Discussed Animatronic activites at DMS.
• Doug P. – Discussed SainSmart CNC 3030 ProverMax Router and Rpi5 USB3 Hub Hat.
• General discussion on GIT practices.

When

• May 21, starting at 7:30 PM Dallas time (CDT).
• Robot Builders Night Virtual (RBNV) meets each Tuesday evening.