What's happening?

Tim Klein Is the April 15 meeting on? Ben and I may try to come out. (Depends on how much homework he gets today.)
Monday April 14, 11:40 am

Butch Alline Parallax is having a sale for robotics week
Friday April 4, 5:13 pm

Tim Klein Well guys, the robotics madness is over and I'm starting to think about summer projects. A few of the high school robotics programmers, including Ben, are talking about exploring advanced robotics functions and AI, perhaps leading up to greater autonomy in their robots next year. 1) Are you planning on meeting over the summer, May to Aug? 2) Would any of you be interested in mentoring or following along with the project? 3) Does anyone have any great suggestions for a solid robot base that could support python and vision?
Wednesday April 2, 1:35 pm

Tim Klein
Tim Klein As discussed in the meeting Tuesday, I think we'll focus on code, without simulation. However I thought some of you might be interested in this find. https://aseba.wikidot.com/en:thymioexplorer#toc11
Thursday April 17, 12:52 pm
Tim Klein
Tim Klein The kids I've been talking to are thinking entirely about software. That's why I think the simulation option might be good -- no distractions fighting with the real world.
Thursday April 3, 6:53 am
jesse It really depends on what you want to do with it. You may want to play with a Raspberry Pi with a lower level board like an Arduino, MSP430, or STM32 for interrupt/encoder processing.
Wednesday April 2, 10:44 pm

Butch Alline I am planning an order from Adafruit. If you want to share the shipping costs, please send me your wish list before 3/30.
Saturday March 22, 3:21 pm

Butch Alline
Butch Alline Receiving no input, I have placed the order.
Wednesday March 26, 7:18 pm

Billy Huddleston Might try to bring my CNC Controller for my mill tonight.. I have it out of the shop doing some stuff with it.. so, might bring it in with a stepper etc..
Tuesday March 18, 2:13 pm

jesse Cool!
Tuesday March 18, 3:27 pm

Butch Alline I will not be attending the 3/18 meeting.
Monday March 17, 1:35 pm

Butch Alline Atmel has a mobile "tech tour". One of the scheduled tops is Nashville. More info here:

or maybe here:
Thursday March 6, 9:08 am

Joe Pardue Drone Meetup Group - just came across this:
They met yesterday but looks like they have about 6 interested folks. I don't have a drone but I know Butch does and maybe Jessee?
Tuesday February 18, 9:18 am

Butch Alline
Butch Alline clicking link did not work, but managed to sign up. Thanks for the tip Joe.
Sunday February 23, 9:30 pm
jesse No I don't have one but I'm really wanting to build one! I joined the group.
Friday February 21, 12:26 am

Butch Alline I will not be attending on 2/18
Monday February 10, 8:43 am

Joe Pardue A father buys a lie detector robot that slaps people when they lie.

He decides to test it out at dinner one night. The father asks his son what he did that afternoon.

The son says, "I did some schoolwork."

The robot slaps the son.

The son says, "Ok, Ok. I was at a friend's house watching movies."

Dad asks, "What movie did you watch?"

Son says, "Toy Story."

The robot slaps the son.

Son says, "Ok, Ok, we were watching porn."

Dad says, "What? At your age I didn't even know what porn was."

The robot slaps the father.

Mom laughs and says, "Well, he certainly is your son."

The robot slaps the mother.

Robot for sale on e-bay.
Thursday January 23, 11:17 pm

Butch Alline Little Leonard for $8.
Tuesday January 14, 6:48 pm

jesse https://github.com/jes1510/python_dynamixels

This is a python module I wrote for controlling AX12 servos from a Raspberry pi. It's meant to be used as an imported module but it does provide a rudimentary console interface. Note that you need to be root for it to get access to the GPIO.
Tuesday January 14, 12:44 am

jesse I created a meeting for this month at the 'regular' time. I tried to make it repating but I apparently screwed that up.
Sunday January 12, 1:40 am

jesse My process is to screw it up regularly so that Billy will come behind me and fix it ;)
Monday January 13, 3:33 pm
Billy Huddleston
Billy Huddleston It's all fixed now.
Monday January 13, 2:28 pm
Joe Pardue
Joe Pardue May we assume that it is on the 21st rather than the 20th? And you need to get to bed earlier!
Monday January 13, 9:21 am

Butch Alline Kitchen sink board…

Saturday January 11, 12:16 pm

Butch Alline Yet another circuit designer:

Tuesday January 7, 2:23 pm

Joe Pardue
Joe Pardue Very interesting, thanks for sharing.
Monday January 13, 9:17 am
Butch Alline
Butch Alline But wait, there's more here


Also has Arduino emulator, circuit board design-order-ship. All from the cloud...
Tuesday January 7, 2:30 pm

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