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Welcome to the Seattle Robotics Society!

The Seattle Robotics Society was formed in 1982 to serve those interested in building robots and associated technologies. We are a non-profit corporation consisting of a diverse group of technologists and tinkerers. Our collective passion is learning about robots through education and freely sharing our skills and knowledge with our community through meetings, workshops, contests, outreach events, online, and mentoring.

See the SRS Programs page for information on the activities that the SRS does to help promote robotics. If you are interested in donating financially to the SRS, we can accept donations using the PayPal app at PayPal@SeattleRobotics.org.

The contents of this website are offered as-is with no guarantees of suitability for any particular purpose. The information presented is believed to be accurate but this is not guaranteed. The Seattle Robotics Society does not profit from any vendor's products or services that may appear on this website. Permissible use of the website includes viewing content, downloading information for personal use, linking, etc. but reuse of content for any other purpose requires the written permssion of the content owner.

All contents of this website are copyrighted by the Seattle Robotics Society except materials provided by presenters which remain the property of their respective creators and Encoder articles which remain the property of their respective authors. All such materials are presented as-is without endorsement by the SRS. All rights are reserved.

Page last updated: 7/21/21

Announcements

We will be conducting ONLINE meetings using ZOOM from now on and posting recordings of the meetings and if permitted, the presentations, after the meetings. See the specific meeting announcements below for the meeting link and other details.

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  • Check out the "paper Encoder issues" from the early 90's scanned to PDF and added to the Encoder. SRS YouTube video links to various contests and events are inserted amongst the meeting notes. If you come across any not included, email (below) me the link(s).
  • Check out the "Useful Links" page of robotics resources. If you come across something not included, email (below) me the link(s).

For a number of years we have shared our regular meeting location with FIRST Washington. More recently we have been meeting only ONLINE. When in-person meetings restart, details will be posted below, on our Meetup page, on our Facebook page, and the club email list.

Due to no in-person activities, the FIRST Washington Field House (21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA from January 2017 to February 2020) has been vacated (eff. February 1, 2021). A new physical location for monthly meetings will probably be determined when FIRSTWA acquires a new facility and things open up enough for their in-person events to reliably happen.

Contact the SRS: SeattleRoboticsSociety(at)gmail.com Please include helpful subject line text.

Feel free to send us any past meeting pictures you'd like to share to the SRS Gmail above. Include helpful subject line text with the message.


Upcoming Events

General Meeting Information

    Our regular meetings start at 10am PT (11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET) on the third Saturday of each month. Until recently, thanks to responses to COVID-19, our meetings have been pretty consistent and rarely cancelled. Last summer was a rare exception, but we will try to run consistent virtually until in-person meetings can resume. If there is sufficient interest and all the technical details can be addressed, we will try to continue virtual meetings along side the in-person meetings for the benefit of those who prefer remote attendance.

    See the announcements below, on our Facebook page, Meetup page, and Groups.io list. See the meetings page for details on the location and directions, and the announcements below for special location information if applicable. The planned presentations for upcoming meetings appear below. The Past Presentations page is an archive of presenters/presentations (slides) if they were provided.


Presentations & Events Coming

August 21st
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This month the Dallas Personal Robotics Group will conduct an outdoor robot navigation contest called RoboColumbus. It is based upon the SRS RoboMagellan contest. The contest will start around 10:30 PDT so we'll tune in during our meeting and watch it together. The formal presentation has been postponed until next month.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: SDK.
September 18th
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • Joins us to hear Josh Pieper, founder and CEO of mjbots Robotics Systems, share about the cool things heis company develops, builds, and sells.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
October 16th
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • Nick Fragale of Rover Robotics will discuss the amazing robotic platforms they design and sell that cater to startups, educators, and system integrators.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
October something November 20th
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This month, Dr. Jennifer Buehler will talk about her PhD topic: The Capabilities in Heterogeneous Multi-Robot Systems.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
December 18th
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • Joins us to hear Can Altineller talk about ROSRider and FXIMU boards.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.

January 15th, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This month Miro Voellmy will talk about ExoMy, a 3D printed Mars Rover that anyone can build.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
February 19th, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 3:00pm PDT using ZOOM to accommodate our presenter who is 16hrs ahead (JST) of us in Japan.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • Join us for a special mid-afternoon meeting where Yukata Kondo will be presenting live from Japan on building ROS2 robots and manipulators from scratch.
  • There will NOT be an SRS Robot workshop following this meeting due to the late start time.
March 19th, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This month, James Newton will share about the Dexter Robot Arm.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
April 16th, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • Join us for a facilitated discussion on a topic to be announced. A cool topic would be tele-medical technology, but this would be best facilitated by someone familiar with it or a medical professional who uses it. Send suggestions or contact info to Steve Kaehler at SRS email.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
May 21st, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This slot is available for a presentation (*). Send suggestions to Steve Kaehler at SRS email.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
June 18th, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This slot is available for a presentation (*). Send suggestions to Steve Kaehler at SRS email.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
July 16th, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This slot is available for a presentation (*). Send suggestions to Steve Kaehler at SRS email.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
August 20th, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This slot is available for a presentation (*). Send suggestions to Steve Kaehler at SRS email.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
September 17th, 2022
  • The meeting will happen ONLINE at 10:00am PDT using ZOOM.
  • Join Zoom Meeting HERE. -- Meeting ID: 859 6958 8697 -- Meeting Passcode: 1982
  • This slot is available for a presentation (*). Send suggestions to Steve Kaehler at SRS email.
  • An SRS Robot workshop should follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
(*) Contact Steve Kaehler at SeattleRoboticsRobotics(at)gmail.com, Subject: "Guest Suggestion", if you are interested in presenting or have contact info for someone who is. Feel free to invite people to present but let me arrange scheduling.

Monday Night Chat

The Seattle Robotics Society hosts a "Monday Night Chat" each week. Official time is 7 - 9 p.m. Pacific Time, but people are often around outside this timeframe as well. Details are on the Contact Us page.