Topic: Launching a Power Wheel Hack Project
Summary: We've been working closely with the rapidly growing Rutgers Makerspace on Livingston Campus, and have decided on a joint project to hack one of their power wheels at the space. This meetup will be the official launch day, and the project will take place over the course of a month. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us at the makerspace to help out or even just to learn.
What we'll do is dependent on the hackers who wish to work on the power wheel, but we're planning on having two components: hardware upgrading (better wheels and motor) and automation using an added onboard computer.
Power wheels racing rules as a guideline:
7:30pm – Hang-out, explore the makerspace
8:00pm – Shawn - Brief overview about the nature of the project
8:30pm – Take stock of who is interested in the project
8:45pm – Finalize our project roadmap and establish hack hours
Here are the resources we have available right now:
• A frame for the power wheel
• Power-wheel chassis to cover the parts
• Kinect - though this device does not work well outdoors, so we might want to use alternate sensors for object detection