Portland Area Robotics Society
Regular Meeting Minutes
April 4, 2009, 10:30AM
1. No meeting Room available – Fred is working to get
2. Welcome – Fred Stevens
3. Show and Tell
Show and Tell
we found ourselves without a meeting room as we seem to have gotten bumped by
some educator event. Fred is following up with the PSU site folks to make sure
this doesn't happen again. I just so happened that we also had a good turn out
for the meeting and doing a show and tell in the hall way was suboptimal.
of a ~200$ Wall-ee robot which was cool and had a lot
of sensors and interesting IR control interface.
Gross showed my bag of parts and talk of my plans for my line maze solver robot.
Passed around 2 brush less DC motors (with encoders) a teensy++ MCU board and
the Pololu line sensors I'm planning to use. Mark
floated the idea of doing a PARTS robot controller based on something like the teensy++
but didn't get a lot of interest.
saw a toy robot dog with lots of servos and mysterious battery configurations.
Fred has one of those dogs at home and said he would send some details on the
Shinsel showed a video of a home robot that navigates
his house. It's the only robot I've seen to use many of the robotic route and
mapping algorithms locally. We are hoping he'll bring it in to a meeting and
give folks some warning he's coming with it.
had a demo of a solar cell array connected with copper tape from a stained
glass window shop.
had a demo of a robot platform for a Magellan robot based on a RC frame from Tammies hobbies that are on sale
cheap. (I forgot the price)
had an announcement for a Make PDX meeting at the Techshop
that is happening. http://calagator.org/events/1250456906
shuttle service from the sunset TC has been offered. (but
you need to call WM for details http://opentechspace.org/
) I may go to just to see what techshop looks like on
the inside. So there is a good chance that I could car pool someone too.
showed his creepy head. :0 And talked about some Arduino introduction classes that will happen at PNCA in
April. A very good way for beginners to get started on
soldering up a MCU that you will be able to program that day.