12/23/18: This month's meeting had a decent turnout. About 40 people showed to learn and talk about robots.
Keep working on your robots. Work on robots to compete in Robothon.
We started off with this video about a new Kickstarter product coming next year (they hope) called the Hybo iLidar. It is a solid-State, Compact Size, Super-Speed, SLAM Embedded, Super-Wide Line-Laser Depth Sensor that costs only $99.
Arlo Music Box Tree with a Lego Christmas Train (0:26) - Merry Christmas from Bill & Carol H.
Let me know if the Useful Links page is useful and if it's missing anything important. A few Robothon T-Shirts are still available for $15. SRS Polo shirts are available at meetings for $30 (card, cash, or check). See Steve K., Lloyd M., or Carol H. during the break or after the meeting if you would like to purchase one (or more).
Terry showed a cool three-channel wireless remote control for turning things on and off. They can be purchased from Walmart and Harbor Freight among other places. See Google Photos this month for pictures.
Carol showed her latest walking 3D-printed robot with a snowman head. See Google Photos this month for pictures.
Steve K. showed several "interesting" Youtube videos.
Cerberus Mark II Tactical Robot (3:27) - Wait until one of these puppies pops out of the closet at school and hits an assailant with blinding light and deafening sound. I wonder if it's bullet-proof?
Employee Training Robot - Furhat Robotics (1:40) - Can you learn to be patient with people by training with a robot that can be programmed to be nasty and impatient with you?
Tiny robots swim through the eye to deliver medicine (2:30) - Adds a new twist to having "something" in your eye.
Che Edoga, a high school teacher at Oak Harbor High School, shared his story of becoming a teacher, getting into building robots, getting into 3D printing, and then designing and building walking robots made out of 3D printed parts. He has discovered that nothing is ever as easy as it seems, but persistence and determination pays off (plus lots of design interations). Here are his slides.
The afternoon workshop was lightly attended. Carol was present but there weren't enough Workshop robots to do the "Follow-the-Leader" contest so it has been postponed until next month. Please bring your robots with you in whatever condition and we'll work together to help you get them going.
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