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Page last updated: 9/22/2019

Commentary by S.D. Kaehler

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8/17/19: This month's meeting had a turnout of about 30 people. The meeting was facilitated by Steve Kaehler. We met downstairs at the FIRST Fieldhouse warehouse.

The meeting was kicked off with a video about a fire-breathing drone.

The usual slides were presented.

SRS Polo shirts are available at meetings for $30 (card, cash, or check). The 2019 Robothon T-shirt are now available and will be sold at the September meeting at a 20% off club discount. They will be regular priced at Robothon.

Club Business

  • Consider alternatives to Presentation for 2nd half of meetings. We're looking for other ideas. Possibilities include Robothon contests or swapping the presentation and Round-the-Room pieces of the meeting.
  • Need Other Backup Meeting Leaders (I can't always run the meetings. More alternates are needed.
  • Jim Kindsvater and Steve Kaehler will be co-teaching a basic 12-week robotics class at Seattle Christian School this fall.
  • Consider alternate After-meeting Activities. The workshops have been lightly attended. Robothon contests? Local facility tours? Something else?

If you have ideas or comments, please email me at SeattleRoboticsSociety(at)


Meeting Pictures on Google Photos. If you have other pics you'd like to share please send them to SeattleRoboticsSociety(at) The following people shared something with the group:

  • Ron P. shared aboutRaspberryPi Warshipping gumstick proecessor with SD card and IoT security and RFID. See this link for more information.
  • Will S. is building a computerized tidal clock that processes data downloaded from NOAA to drive a stepper motor with a hand that shows the current tide level and susequent high and low tides for his location. See this Google Search for more information.
  • Donna S. talked about how to get more people building robots and took an informal survey of the attendees. She asked why people don't build robots and what kinds of things would help. Responses included the following: making time, goals, building something, social function, education, engaging kids, cost, robot kits, financial support, tfree ap FIRST, different contests, more training, classes, tap experts, breakout sub-categories from Robo-Magellan contest.
  • Steve K. shared a video about a and a robotic toilet bowl cleaner.
  • Also a video about Kinova's Gen3 robotic arm which is designed for research applications plus the video has a cool sound track.

Feature Presentation

    Our program presenter was Mark Looney of Analog Devices. He works in Greenboro, North Carolina and came to us live via a Google Hangout. His presentation was based upon a paper he wrote for Analog Dialogue published in 2010. This paper is available at this link. Here are his slides.

The Workshop

    The afternoon workshop have been suspended for a while. Dick Curtiss has been leading this "Programming 101" class but attendance has been underwhelming. Visit the Workshops page for details on his presentations including the downloads.

If you have comments or opinions on this writing, please email me at SeattleRoboticsSociety(at)

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