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There's interest in robototics among our tinkers, so a robotics program for TinkerMill makes sense. In this kickoff meeting we'll discuss where we should start and what our goals should be. The NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge & SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition are two current programs that give roboticists at various levels a chance to hone their skills and show their stuff.
The NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge is a tough one requiring solutions to a number of non-trivial problems. An entry would be a big commitment in time and money, but could have a big pay off. Is it a good fit for Team TinkerMill? If so, should we field a team for 2014, or wait until 2015?
SparkFun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition looks like a fun challenge more suitable for apprentice roboticists. It's local and has classes to appeal to a range of interests and capabilities.
We'll discuss these competitions and other things that we might want to do. I'll plan on a few slides to get us started. If anyone else has slides or a robotics project to share, feel free to bring them.