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Welcome to the Seattle Robotics Society!

The Seattle Robotics Society was formed in 1982 to serve those interested in learning about and building robots. We are a non-profit corporation comprised of a diverse group of professionals and amateurs, high school students and college professors, engineers and tinkerers. Our passion is the creation of cybernetic creatures that challenge the old definitions of life, intelligence, and practicality.

See the SRS Programs page for information on the activities that the SRS does to help promote robotics. There is also information there on getting started in robotics.

Announcements

  • In even-numbered months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec), the meeting will be followed by an afternoon robot work session (until 5 p.m.). Lunch arrangements for work sessions will be announced at the meeting but feel free to bring your own.

Upcoming Events

Meetings

Our regular meetings are at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at Renton Technical College. See the meetings page for details on location and directions.

Note that it's always a good idea to check this page before the meeting in case inclement weather or a holiday forces a cancellation.

If you would like to present at a meeting, or know someone who would, please email Steve Kaehler.

Below are the planned presentations for upcoming meetings. The Presentations page contains an archive of presenters and their topics.

  • November 15, 2014
    • Prototype to Retail: Evolution Controllers Drone - SRS Member James Wall is an electronics designer for Evolution Controllers and designed the internals of the Drone game controller, which is a compact game controller designed for use with mobile phones, tablets, and computers. He will be talking about retail product development, Kickstarter funding, and lessons learned.
  • December 20, 2014
    • 3D Printer Month - Bring your printers, creations, ideas, suggestions, recommendations, etc. to share. Anyone who has a 3D printer or access to one is encouraged to bring the machine and/or things that you've made with it.
    • The meeting will be followed by an afternoon robot work session (until 5 p.m.). Bring a project to work on, questions to ask, or just hang out and see what others are working on.
  • January 17, 2015
    • Smart Emergency Response System - Professor Howard Chizeck will present on the Smart Emergency Response System (SERS), a project that seeks to move emergency response to the next level through incorporation of the products of cyber-physical systems research (ground and aerial robotics, advanced sensors, telerobotics, adaptive electronic communications, and computer-enabled optimal resource allocation) in order to save lives and reduce costs. In addition, it opens the door to significant new economic and employment opportunities.
  • February 21, 2015
    • Data visualizations and human-computer interaction - Presented by UW Professor Jeff Heer.
    • The meeting will be followed by an afternoon robot work session (until 5 p.m.). Bring a project to work on, questions to ask, or just hang out and see what others are working on.
  • March 21, 2015
    • Presentation TBD - Please check back later for information on this month's presentation.
  • April 18, 2015
    • Off-Grid Living - Michael Pawlowski, a nuclear project engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton will talk about how and why someone would "live off the grid." Have you ever wondered why someone would live off-grid or how to go about doing it? Join the Seattle Robotics Society as Michael Pawlowski presents his experience building an off-grid home in Prineville, Oregon. Michael's talk will explore off-grid options (solar, wind, micro-hydroelectric, fuel-cell, solar hot water, geothermal), challenges (water, phone, internet, TV, heating system, out-buildings), and evaluation (cost vs. benefit vs. need).
    • The meeting will be followed by an afternoon robot work session (until 5 p.m.). Bring a project to work on, questions to ask, or just hang out and see what others are working on.
  • May 16, 2015
    • Robotic Pets - Many people form significant relationships with pets, but factors such as economic status, mobility, and health conditions may prevent people from owning pets. These people may benefit from robotic pets. Amanda Lazar from the UW and her colleagues conducted focus groups with older adults to find out their attitudes towards robotic pets. These findings can inform designers of future robotic pets.

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.