- 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.
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
Below are the planned presentations for upcoming meetings. The
Presentations page contains an archive
of presenters and their topics.
- March 21, 2015
- Color Vision and Color Sensors - What they each do (and don't)
tell us about the world around us -
SRS member Robert Dyer will describe:
1) Some of the aspects of color vision that may not be obvious to us at first.
2) How color vision differs from what color sensors would detect.
3) How we might use color sensors to obtain the data we need for our robots to perform the tasks we want.
- 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.