- Ana Avatar XPrize
Fellow robotics enthusiasts, we are excited to host this month’s Phoenix Robotics Group Meetup at ASSA ABLOY (10027 S 51st St, Phoenix AZ) at 6p on August 9. ASSA ABLOY is a sponsor of Hughes Engineering’s Ana Avatar XPrize team. At this Meetup we will share a little about our company goals, our Ana Avatar XPrize approach, and discuss how the community can contribute to this effort. We look forward to seeing you there!
- $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE discussion & planning
A new XPRIZE for robotic avatars was announced recently - https://avatar.xprize.org/ Let's talk about the challenge, how such a robot might be constructed, and what technologies might be used. If members want to register as a team we'll figure that out too.
- Get started creating firmware with the Nordic nRF52 Series SoC
Want to add Bluetooth to your robot or IoT project? The Nordic nRF82 family may be the way to go. This is a full system on a chip (SoC) which features full programmability and a powerful ARM processor. Instead of needing a primary microcontroller for your application, you may be able to develop all of your logic directly within the nRF52 SoC, saving time and money. Join us as we learn the fundamentals of the nRF52 and how to get started using the nRF52 DK development board and SEGGER embedded studio.
- Using the XBox 360 Kinect with Robots
The Microsoft XBox 360 Kinect is a cheap and crazy useful sensor widely applicable to robotics. Join us and learn how to integrate the Microsoft XBox 360 Kinect with the Robot Operating System (ROS). We'll learn how to get the Kinect working with ROS running on a Raspberry Pi 3. We'll also learn how to view the data coming in from the Kinect and how to perform some processing using the Point Cloud Library (PCL).
- The Robot Operating System (ROS)
Join us for an introduction to the Robotic Operating System (ROS). ROS is an open source project that features many software components that make designing, building, and controlling robots much easier than it has been in the past. ROS runs on top of Linux. We'll learn about the major components of ROS, how to use it in robotics projects, and how to get it running on an embedded computer like a Raspberry Pi.
- An introduction to non-industrial robotics
When most of us think of robotics applied to business we immediately imagine those big robotic arms used to weld cars together. These industrial manipulators are vital to industry and have played a major role in factory automation. However, most of the innovation and growth occurring today is around non-industrial robotics. Non-industrial robots are extremely varied in construction and application. They include flying drones, personal robotic assistants, cleaning robots, retail robots, military robots, and many other categories. In this meetup we'll see many types of non-industrial robots in use and discuss their construction, the technical challenges related to building and using them, and what impact they are having on business today.