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Philadelphia Robotics Meetup Summary - March 2010

From: Roy B
Sent on: Friday, April 2, 2010 1:36 AM

Last meetup, Mike demoed parts of his solar collector project. It will be powered by an Arduino and makes use of several Lego parts and stepper motors in the drivetrain.

Daniel spoke of his intent for a IRobot Create project (made by the Roomba folks). The idea was floated for the group to purchase or accept donations for a Create or other robot platform such as the BoeBot. The major obstacle is that the Hive is not very convenient for many members to work on a shared robot, and it wasn't clear how to work out who gets to take home the group-owned robot. If anyone has any ideas on this topic, or any robots or kits or parts (or moneysmile) to donate, please let me know!

Speaking of donations, Mike let me borrow the manual from his AVR butterfly kit, which he abandoned in favor of the aurduino for the solar collector. He offered to loan me the board itself, which I will try to use in an upcoming tutorial (if I can get it to work - Mike was having trouble with it). Thanks, Mike!

Ira spoke about his Galvanic Skin Resistance project, which works on similar principles as a lie detector. This isn't a robot, strictly speaking, but it does make use of components that are used in robotics, like microprocessors. Ira wanted some recommendations for robot mechanics references. Here are two that come to mind:

Robot Builder's Bonanza, Third Edition

Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, Fourth Edition

Dane spoke briefly about his GPS based bicycle speedometer and NXP contest project.

I am in the process of trading off cost, weight, performance, and power requirements of my quadrotor airframe components.

As I said earlier, we will try to have a something featured each meeting, either progress on our larger projects, or a one-month mini-project , or a demo, or a tutorial, or a contest. Please send me any ideas you have regarding these subjects.

I will close with some local robot events:
1) Penn State Abington Trinity fire-fighting & Mini Grand challenge

2) Trenton Computer Festival and Robotics contest.

See you at the next meeting!

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