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Let's discuss robots & navigation .....

Indoors or out, mapped, GPS, lidar,depth camera, what do you know?

The Mobile Service Robotics market is set to explode in the next few years, what will keep them going.. and going... and going?

Did you know that in spite of Amazon's monster investment in KIVA their new UK warehouse uses "human robots"?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286227/Amazons-human-robots-Is-future-British-workplace.html

Something is screwed up here and this is why I think navigation is an important topic...

Navigation is a BIG issue for most projects, one that will have to  be overcome in order for MSR's to enter the mainstream.

Some folks from Denver were interested in attending last time so I've arranged for us to have the back room at Casa Alegre in Louisville. Good home style Mexican food so arrive before 6:30 if you want to eat dinner.  The space is donated so please buy a beer or some nachos.

Directions &  menu  here:
http://www.casaalegremex.com/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for attending. It was educational and a lot of fun (after the pressure was off :). Thank you for your patience with my presentation too, you've give me a boost in confidence and I have a feeling for what I need to learn presentation wise.

    October 24, 2013

  • James G.

    Great meet-up! Lot's of information - and lots of discussions as well. The venue was quirky, but it just added to the fun.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • John P.

    Very substantive!

    October 23, 2013

  • Nikolaus C.

    Thanks to Paula for an awesome meeting! We will probably see quite some autonomous wheelchairs soon, and it was great to see Gamma 2 who have brought their prototype from BIFR #1 to a commercial product. Thanks also to Jonathan for pitching UWB for robot localization and Steve for the great xbox kinect tutorial!

    October 23, 2013

  • Nikolaus C.

    Thanks to Paula for an awesome meeting! We will probably see quite some autonomous wheelchairs soon, and it was great to see Gamma 2 who have brought their prototype from BIFR #1 to a commercial product. Thanks also to Jonathan for pitching UWB for robot localization and Steve for the great xbox kinect tutorial!

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There should be several for dinner at 6pm

    October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agenda - so far

    I will be presenting on SafePath navigation, Jim is coming with his security robot, and Bob, Stephen and Jonathan will be speaking about their projects. Nikolaus will be attending to comment and since he's bringing the projector I guess he is welcome to present anything he wants also *grin*.

    I have also collected videos and notes on other robots if we have any additional time.

    There should be plenty to talk about.

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So far I've only had a couple of RSVP's for dinner. I stated that they should arrive before 6:30, but some people eat faster than others, LOL...

    If you're coming for dinner shout out here or email me
    [masked] I'll notify the restaurant, we have the back dining room reserved at 6:30, meeting at 7 but there's no reason why you can't come earlier to eat.

    October 23, 2013

  • Jay S.

    Looking forward to this tonight. I'm up for dinner too. What time is the dinner crowd assembling?

    October 23, 2013

  • Jason D.

    Great topic!

    October 22, 2013

  • James G.

    Looking forward to the meet-up. We've been developing commercial, autonomous, mobile robots for years. Some of the issues we've been looking at are covered in my blog posts: http://wp.me/1zQAM

    October 21, 2013

  • James G.

    Hi all, we'd would be quite happy to discuss some of the technical challenges we had to solve to enable our security robots to navigate autonomously for 12 to 14 hours every night. In fact, if you wish, we could bring up one of our Vigilus security robots for show and tell.

    http://vigilantrobots.com

    October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, James. I'm sure everyone will be interested.

      October 21, 2013

  • Dave J.

    I read this paper last night on navigation in aerial robots, probably a decent reflection of the state of the art. Uses a variety of algorithmic techniques and runs in part on a neuromorphic chip. http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~asaxena/papers/lowpower_obstacleavoidance_mav.pdf

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there is anyone else who would like to speak for a few minutes on a pet project or a specific subject please reply to this conversation. If you will be coming early for dinner please give me a head count at [masked].

    Thanks

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Food for thought - This article covers a lot of the issues that come up when you're talking about navigation:

    http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~nd/surprise_97/journal/vol4/jmd/

    October 7, 2013

  • Bob R.

    I recently built a binocular sonar board to identify the location of objects in front of a robot. This was a real learning experience. I would be glad to talk about it.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve, Jonathan, both subjects sound interesting. I'm not a techie, but I'm pretty well versed on GeckoSystems AI/Sensor Fusion solution so I can do a presentation on that.

    Maybe we should have several people present at the beginning of the meeting and then have a general Q&A and discussion afterward.

    October 4, 2013

  • Steven G.

    If anyone is interested in knowing more about the Kinect or Xtion Pro I can probably do a quick demo. Recently did that at SHARC which was well received.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Jonathan

    I'm part of a startup in Boulder developing ultra-wideband radios for indoor positioning. These offer real-time 3D positioning with about 10cm resolution. I'd be happy to say a few words at the meeting or talk offline if anyone is interested. Otherwise, I'm very interested in learning about what others are up to!

    2 · October 4, 2013

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