February 9, 2013

Meeting Date: 
Saturday, February 9, 2013

Robotics Society of Southern CA Meeting 2-9-13

CSULB Engineering department building, 302

Minutes : Doug


Class : ROS Launch Files, by Doug


Doug gave a class on ROS Launch files. It focused on the advantages of launch files, syntax, includes, parameters, arguments, and case type statements. You can find links as well as the code and presentation at http://dougsbots.blogspot.com/2013/02/ros-launch-file-talk.html



Business Meeting



Walter reminded everyone that there was a Leaf SIG Meeting today, and that all are free to attend. These will be held an hour before our normal meeting at 10:00 am.

John mentioned that the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) will be happening at the LAX Hilton in two weeks. See http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale11x for more details.

Ron reported on current treasury funds on registration of the group.


Upcoming Classes (11:00 – 12:00)

  Month     Class     Presenter  
  March 9     Creating Custom Hardware for Arduino (SPI)     Bill  
  April 13     Animatronics     Tim  
  May 11    PID Motor Control     Alex  


Upcoming Competitions:

March 2013 - Pick up a can contest (rules here)

April 2013 - (Autonomous) Rock Crawler contest

May 2013 - (maybe) Walking contest

June 2013 - Hallway Contest



Fire Fighting Contest

Wow, what a great turnout! Check it out here!



Show and Tell



Paul showed part of a walking robot kit that he purchased on eBay. He said that for $80 - $90 he got a complete bracket kit, without servos, and that the quality of the parts is very good. I found the similar or same items by searching "walking robot servo bracket" on eBay, with most listings by the seller "gadgetinfinite" or "goodlucksell".



Showed how you can export stuff that was built inside of the Minecraft game into an STL file. They export the information with a script, which there is more information about at http://www.minecraftprint.com/. This could be used as input for a 3D printer, for example.



Ron asked if anyone had experience converting analog video to digital. Martin mentioned he had used a device called EasyCap that can output an AVI file format.



Martin took us all outside for a demonstration of the robot that he and his students are working on for the RoboGames Magellan contest. It uses a Zotac ZBox Nano, several microcontrollers, GPS, a webcam with RoboRealm, and ultrasonic sensors to find a number of orange hazard cones... OUTside. Check out the video, it's very cool.