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I'm pleased to report the continued high attendence for the Robotics Meetup. The April meetup (sorry - I'm a little behind on my meetup summaries) is tied for second best attendance of all time (but wait for the May summary!)
Here are some of the highlights:
- New member (and inventor) Ahmad discussed several of his projects, including a trirotor (like a quadrotor, but with 3 propellers), and a few x86 development boards he's been working with
- David got us up to date on the progess of his omni-wheeled robot. He also mentioned and showed pics of an autonomous car that was able to drive itself up a mountin road. Finally, he noted this useful AVR C library for robotics projects: http://webbot.org.uk...
- New member Peter shared an inkling of his invention/product idea, which involves LEDs and optical fibers
- Tom demoed his scratch built quadrotor. Unfortunately, a technical issue prevented it from flying.
- Finally, we discussed having a second meetup every month to actually work on projects (as opposed to demoing and discussing). This meetup would notionally take place on the 4th Thursday of the month (or 2 weeks after the usual meetup). Let us know if there's any interest in this additional meeting.
We'd like to have some dedicated time during each meetup for education - everything from a small how-to all the way up to separate robot classes. Let us know what you'd like to see and at what level and we'll try to come up with something for the meetup, if there's sufficient interest.
Brijesh (the designer of the Pushpak quadrotor controller board) has a plotting tool that takes data real-time from the serial port and plots it on the screen
Now, its time for the OQV (obligatory quadrotor videos) and other robot links. Enjoy!
Quadrotor Formation Flying Gets Aggressive (UPenn)
A Flying Inverted Pendulum (ETH Switzerland)
Robot Lightsaber Duel
Robot Film Festival
Transformer Bot - rolling robot becomes a helicopter
Some upcoming robot events:
Maker Faire NYC (Queens) in September
And don't forget to checkout our blog and forums:
See you at the next meetup!
Philly Robotics April 2011 Meetup Summary