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Philly Robotics April 2010 Meetup Summary

From: Roy B
Sent on: Friday, April 23, 2010 7:43 AM
Hi everyone!

My thanks to everyone who came and shared and/or demoed their projects during April's meeting.

Before I summarize the April meetup I just want to let the group know about some robot events this weekend.

1) Penn State Abington will be holding their Trinity firefighting and Mini Grand Challenge contests on Sat, 24 April (this Sat). Glen, I recommend you (and everyone else) check it out. I've been to a few of these contests in the past.

2) Trenton Computer Festival. I have not been to this one yet. I know they've had robot contests in the past (but I couldn't find one on their site this year). Note - it is not free.They have a wide selection of talks, including the keynote speech by Richard Stallman, the grandfather of GNU and open source s/w.

Now for the meeting summary:

- Mike showed us progress on his solar collector project, with the motor assembly and some pics of his setup.
- Glen showed us his robomagellan vehicle, based on his custom microcontroller board running basic, a salvaged RC truck, some recycled laptop batteries, a GPS reciever, and an LCD panel. He also showed us his code, including some clever serial auto-baud routines. Glen asked for some example AVR C code. I can offer him my friend Brijesh's quadrotor code: I'm sure the rest of the group can let Glen know about some other examples.
- Nelson gave a presentation on the AVR can be used to drive NTSC video signals. The presentation and sample code is available in the Files section of the meetup group.
- Nelson also had a suggestion that the group maintain a catalog of spare parts that could be used in other's projects. You can email me or the group with any such spare parts you have and I will put them into a spreadsheet. Note, the Hive also seems to have a parts repository.

Let me know if I left anything out (my apologies if I did).

I hope to see you at the next meetup on May 13th. As always, we are trying to meet regularly on the second Thursday of the month (assuming the weather cooperates :-).

- Roy

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