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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.

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 2019 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: 6/18/19

Announcements

It's always a good idea to check this page before the meeting in case inclement weather or something unexpected forces a cancellation or a change of venue. Check here within 24 hours of the meeting (Friday morning) to catch any last minute changes. A nasty forecast would probably cancel the meeting, however if it looks okay through the weekend, things will happen as planned but nasty weather near the meeting time could postpone this month's presenter, so thank you for being flexible.

The monthly announcements detail special cases. Since we share the regular meeting facility with FIRST Washington, we sometimes (rarely) might have to meet at an alternate location (we hope nearby) in the event of a conflict. I will do all I can to avoid this. There might be FIRST activities at the facility if it can handle the number of people, otherwise details will be posted below as soon as possible and on our Facebook page with location and directions to the alternate meeting venue.

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  • Check the "Special Events" page for new items of interest to SRS members. It will have links to specific events as well as online calendars. Please let me know (below) if there are items to be added.
  • Check out the "paper Encoder issues" from the early 90's recently 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).
  • If you haven't been to one of our meetings for a while, we now normally meet at the FIRST Washington Fieldhouse at 21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA (as of January 2017) unless otherwise noted below.
  • Signs at the front door of the building will direct you either upstairs to the conference room or straight through the building to the warehouse, or signs will provide details of the alternate meeting location should you miss the advance announcements.
  • Meetings will be followed by an afternoon robot workshop session (until ~4 p.m.) where we'll help people build and program the Parallax Arduino UNO Robot kit or the Propeller Activitybot kit or assist as we can with other projects. Bring yours, a project to work on, questions to ask, or be a resource for others and hang out with us. Sometimes we host one or more Robothon contests that are a great way to competitvely pit your robot(s) against others in friendly battles to the death.

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

Upcoming Events

General Meeting Information

Our regular meetings start at 10am on the third Saturday of each month. They are pretty consistent only rarely being cancelled. If this happens it will be announced here, via our Yahoo Group, and our other social media outlets. See the meetings page for details on the normal location and directions. See the monthly meeting announcements below for special location information if applicable. The "Events" section on the SRS Facebook page has the typical meeting agendas. The planned presentations for upcoming meetings appear below. The Past Presentations page is an archive of presenters including their slides if they were provided.


Presentations & Events Coming

July 6th July 20th
  • The meeting will happen at 21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA.
  • This month Joel Cazares and Carol Hazlett will share about "Coppelia", the ballet last April that featured a number of SRS robots. Come join the fun as they show videos from the ballet and talk about this fascinating merging of art and technology.
  • NO SRS Robot workshop this month. We'll be taking a break.
August 17th September 21st October 19th
  • The meeting will happen at 21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA.
  • Come join us for a presentation by Jessica Zistatsis, a PhD student at the UW's Steele Lab, about pediatric exoskeletons. She has worked on a passive (cable-driven) exoskeleton during her master's program and plans on picking up the project again at her company later this year. She works for a medical device company, Orthocare Innovations, where they develop prosthetic, orthotic, and rehabilitation devices and will share about these projects as well.
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meeting. Workshop Host: TBD.
November 16th December 21st
January 18th, 2020 February 15th March 21st April 18th May 16th (*) Contact Steve Kaehler at SeattleRoboticsRobotics(at)gmail.com, Subject: "Presentation", 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.