October 12, 2013

Meeting Date: 
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Robotics Society of Southern CA Meeting 10-13-2013

CSULB Engineering department building, 302

Minutes : Doug


Class : Fedora Electronics Lab

Les gave a presentation on the capabilities of Fedora Electronics Lab, which is a spin (or special distribution) of Fedora Linux that comes with many open source electronics design tools pre-installed. He talked about the function of several tools available in the spin :


gEDA - PCB design, BOM generation, view gerbers, etc.

gschem - schematic capture

gnetlist - describes the schematic in terms of network connections, rather than physical layout

PCB - PCB layout tool

ngspice - an analog circuit simulation tool. It does not do physical modeling. so RF designs need further work with design rules or physical modeling.

sdcc - "the small device C compiler"

JAAA - jack audio analyzer. Could be used for frequency analysis from an IMU or listening to a motor to see how smoothly it is running

Alliance - IC design



Business Meeting



The Riverside Robotics Expo will be on Nov 2nd. This is one of the largest robotics events in Southern California! Learn more at http://www.meetup.com/The-Riverside-Robotics-Society/events/131114172/

There will be a 16oz BattleBots contest at the Expo. Follow RFL rules http://botleague.info/doc/RFLTechRegs-2010-final.pdf. Here's a video from the RCX Expo in Long Beach : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5WRviGu5og


ServoCity sent us coupon codes for a 10% off discount, and also gave us several parts as competition prizes. Thank you ServoCity for your interest and support!


Bob Barbosa was back, and announced that there are grants in the amount of $50,000 available for high school teachers that will integrate humanoid robots into the classroom. He is also looking for members experienced in C++ to discuss how to integrate robotics into the curriculum. For more information on the grants, see the website : http://kidstalkradiola.com/


The Long Beach Maker Society is holding a "Build your own 3D printer" session on the Cal State Long Beach campus. Registration is already closed for this fall, but they typically offer an 8-week session each semester, held on Saturdays. They will help you build a RepRap, for registration of ~$600. For more details see their website.



Upcoming Classes (11:00 – 12:00)

November - PIZZA PARTY, and Sergei will talk about Trackroamer

December - Walking Robots (?)


Upcoming Competitions:

November - Find the Blob in the Hallway : Modified to find 3 blobs! Initial Rules - http://rssc.org/find-blob-hall-contest-rules-0

December - Talent Contest



Find the Blob in the Hall Contest


RSSC's first blob finding contest! You can see the rules here : http://rssc.org/find-blob-hall-contest-rules-0


1st Place - Doug

Prize : Calipers

Doug has a motorized base that is based on an Arduino board, motor driver, an encoders to track the X and Y location. It also has a bluetooth connection, that talks to his cell phone. The phone has an app based on OpenCV that finds a color blob and outputs the blob center.



2nd Place - John

Prize : Robot Builder's Bonanza book

John was using the ultrasonic sensor, which he says is greatly improved over the previous generation of lego kits, to find distance to the walls. In addition, he was using the gyro and compass for dead reckoning.




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