Our regular meetings are at 10 a.m. on the third
Saturday of each month at the FIRST WA Field House,
21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA.
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.
Below are the planned presentations for upcoming meetings. The
Presentations page contains an archive
of presenters and their topics.
- February 18, 2107
- The Arduino as a robot controller -
Jim Kindsvater will present; here is his teaser:
The introduction of the Arduino control system to the amateur electronics community has
revolutionized the approach that most people take to the field of robotics. As an open
sourced product backed up by a flood of inexpensive sensors from China and a large and
growing group of enthusiastic users willing to share their ideas across the internet,
the Arduino has brought the field of robotics to everyone. In an inexpensive, self-contained package
with an open source programming environment, the Arduino has opened the doors for everyone interested
in creating new approaches to robotics, animation, environmental control, and many other areas.
My presentation includes a range of robots illustrating the power of the Arduino in all its forms. We'll start with an Arduino nano as the brain for a $40 line following and obstacle avoiding robot that provides an inexpensive introduction to the capabilities of this platform. We'll examine the graphical programming language called Ardublocky that allows even the newest programmer to create logical and complete control packages without the worrying about the pesky semicolons that can drive a beginner crazy. We'll examine extending a nano to control a flying ghost that stretches the limits of the inputs and outputs on this tiny package, and creates an eerily realistic protoplasmic ghoul. We'll look at the larger versions of the Arduino and learn why we might need the extra features of these more complex products. We'll end up looking at a Teensyduino – a 120 megahertz ARM based Arduino with 256K of memory – at the heart of a RobMagellan robot which will push the limits of this tiny and inexpensive platform.
Join us to learn how you too can create wondrous gadgets using the Arduino controller.
- The meeting will be followed by an afternoon robot work session (until 5 p.m.) where we'll
build and program the Parallax BOE-Bot Arduino Robots.
Bring your kit (available for $125), a project to work on, questions to ask, or just hang out
and see what others are working on.
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.