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Michael Catlin To all members and prospective members. At the last meeting Billy and I were discussing what we consider the definition of “robotics” to be. I said that I thought it is anything that is electronic with some form of “intelligence that is able to interact with the outside world. The example I gave was that of a quadriplegic still being considered “human”. We joked that Steven Hawking would be more of a “desktop” device. Still, what is YOUR sense of what a robot would be. Need it be the humanoid form so commonly depicted ir would you consider a programmable “pick and place' machine to be a robot?

Or, even a house? With systems to control heating and cooling, security, landscape maintenance, couldn't a house be considered to be a robot? Think of our bodies housing millions of bacteria. Maintaining temperature, providing food and even transportation, our bodies are merely an intelligent “house” for these bacteria.

If we look at the Mars rovers, Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit and Curiosity, non of these looked human but we all considered them to be robots simply because that they need some on board intelligence to collect data and navigate the surface.

I joined the robotics club to get help on creating a CNC router. An “intellegent” machine capable of turning computer data into physical forms. My other interests lay in the field of model aeronautics and building an FPV flying plank which can traverse waypoints and return back to “home base” all the while returning video along it's path. The “intelligence” onboard would have to stabilize an unstable aircraft planform, navigate in the air to certain proscribed locations and altitudes and return to the launching point. Having it see and avoid other aircraft would be an added bonus.

Please post YOUR vision of what your robot idea could be.

Michael A. Catlin

Take a look through the website. Billy Huddleston has done a great job of providing us with many areas in which to interact. And, visit my blog under the pseudonym of LOBomber. I am currently working on using a Raspberry Pi as a file server for my home network.
Wednesday November 19, 9:07 pm

Michael Catlin I've put my step-by-step process on my blog. I'm thinking it happens when I make the Data partition auto boot. Thanks!
Wednesday November 19, 8:36 pm

Michael Catlin I am looking for help in using a Raspberry Pi as a server. Details about what I have been doing is in my blog.

Is there a possibility if adding a section for Raspberry Pi to the forum?
Wednesday November 19, 7:18 am

Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi between protective Acrylic plates.

jesse Sure, I'd be glad to help out. Can you post a link?
Wednesday November 19, 8:16 pm

Michael Catlin I don't think I ever met the gentleman but I am sure he will be missed by all.
Wednesday November 19, 6:57 am

Joe Pardue Jay Flanders passed away last night.

He had back surgery a couple of weeks ago but seemed to be recovering okay. I don't know any details yet.

He was one of the good guys. He loved a good joke and had a great laugh. He was a true friend of mine. I'll miss him.

Saturday November 8, 9:58 am

jesse Jay was one of those guys that had a contagious laugh. He had a wicked sense of humor and was just a real pleasure to be around. He was a kind man who was always thinking of others and every time I spoke with him he asked about my son and family with real concern. He was a smart man with great ideas and always had a new way to look at things. He will definitely be missed.
Tuesday November 11, 3:17 pm
Billy Huddleston
Billy Huddleston I am greatly saddened by this. He was a good and nice man. and I too will miss him.

Sunday November 9, 1:26 am

Michael Catlin What's on your mind?
Wednesday October 1, 6:44 am

Bot from Runaway
Here is the Bot I was thinking of.

Joe Pardue
Joe Pardue Wall-e evil twin?
Wednesday October 1, 11:48 am

Michael Catlin I had a great time at the visit to the solar facility. My wife enjoyed it too and now I might be getting chickens (thanks Joe ;-0). Interesting to find out how TVA can limit alternative energy. On a robotics note, a few years ago the California farm workers union wanted to strike because the University of California at Davis was working on robotic farm machinery.

Here is a good idea for someone with a LOT of programming expertise. Develop a robot that can identify a weed (undesirable plant) and zap the stem where it exits the ground.
Saturday September 27, 10:01 am

Joe Pardue
Joe Pardue Yeah, it was pretty cool.

And how about this:
Monday September 29, 10:25 am

Joe Pardue REMINDER: Thursday Sept 25 6 to 8:30ish site visit at Sustainable future: Solar Energy, aquaponics, tiny houses, permaculture, oh my!
(Google map: 201 Ogle Avenue Knoxville, TN 37920-4131).
Wednesday September 24, 10:22 pm

Michael Catlin Glad I checked this morning for the solar energy facility visit. I see that there is a date change! I come from Lancaster California where Mayor R. Rex Parris is a big time solar promotor. The Antelope Valley Community College has solar covered parking as does one of the high schools. To the North of town is a solar generating plant consisting of 2 tower boilers surrounded by a field of mirrors.
Thursday September 18, 8:33 am

Solar covered car parking
This is the one of the solar covered car parking areas at Antelope Valley college in Lancaster California.


I talked to David Bolt and he is okay with delaying things so that we can get it on the Knox Maker's calendar and allow more time for those folks to plan the visit.

I suggest Thursday September 25 from 6 to 8:30ish. Maybe we can do a pizza?

Anyone who will be there for sure, please contact me directly.

A couple of folks from the robots group expressed an interest, but BAD JOE I didn't get their contact information.

Wednesday September 17, 8:05 pm

Joe Pardue Two folks have expressed an interest in visiting David Bolts Sustainable Future facility, but unfortunately, I'm not sure how to contact them. BAD JOE! Anyway David suggested Sept 18' 6 to 8:30 (Google map: 201 Ogle Avenue Knoxville, TN 37920-4131).

See a couple of posts down for details.

Anybody interested needs to post here or contact me: joepardue at hotmail dot com

Tuesday September 16, 11:23 pm

jesse This is reminder about the meeting tomorrow. We should try to spend 30 minutes to an hour on general club business and structure. Don't let that scare you off though. We need as much representation as possible!
Monday September 15, 9:38 pm

Butch Alline Cheap switching Voltage regulator, 5A, $5
Friday August 29, 2:51 pm

Butch Alline Cheaper alternative to Dynamixel?
Friday August 29, 9:40 am

jesse Sweet! I'm not seeing any documentation though. It looks like they are 4 pins so maybe rs485?
Saturday August 30, 11:50 pm

Joe Pardue At the 8/19/14 meeting David Bolt (http://sustainablefuture.biz/) asked for advice about automating his aquaponics setup. I volunteered to help him and will be visiting his facility (Google map: 201 Ogle Avenue Knoxville, TN 37920-4131).

David's facility has several impressive solar energy systems including a vehicle charging station. He is also working on tiny houses, permaculture and some other ideas related to applying technology to sustainable living.

Several folks expressed an interest in seeing his facility, so I thought I'd post here and see who else wants to make a site visit and what would be a good date/time for this. Please express your interest and availability and I'll try to arrange a date.

Thursday August 21, 1:22 pm

Joe Pardue
Joe Pardue David suggested Thursday Sept 18 from 6:00 to 8:30 as a possible time. Can you make it them?

Anybody else interested?
Friday August 22, 9:43 pm
Michael Catlin
Michael Catlin I would love to see the facility. Just let me know when. Coming from the Antelope Valley in Southern California I am used to seeing solar panels, windmills and even reflective solar.
Friday August 22, 5:49 pm

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