December 2000

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Book Review: Robot Builders Bonanza   Kevin Ross briefs us with a review of a good book.
Tom Dickens   An in depth interview of SRS member Tom Dickens, as written and edited by Steve Kaehler
Simple Logic Probe   Gene Elliot demonstrates how to build a simple logic probe using a ball point pen and some simple parts.
A 5 volt power supply   Benny Peter Jørgensen shows us a simple power supply that runs on as little as 7.2 volts input
First Steps: Sensing Objects with Pyroelectric Detector   Doug Leppard continues his articles by explaining how to use a pyroelectric detector in his fire fighting robot.
Minutes from the November Meeting   Tom Dickens sends us the official minutes from the November 2000 meeting
Pictures from the August 21, 1999   Steve Kaehler unearthed a couple of sets of pictures from previous meetings!
Pictures from August, 2000   More pictures from the past!
September 1999   More pictures

 

Hot Links   Here are this months list of interesting links. If you find a cool one, send it to us and we will add it to the list of Hot Links. This list will change each month.
Standard Technologies of the Seattle Robotics Society   Just getting started? You might like to check out this link that documents some of the standard technologies that the Seattle Robotics Society suggests for those just starting out. This article explains a lot of different aspects about building a robot. Have a look!
Electronics Tutorial
http://webhome.idirect.com/~jadams/electronics/
http://www.proaxis.com/~iguanalabs/Begtut.htm
http://www.hobby-electronics.com/MiniTutorialIndex.htm
http://members.aol.com/ledodd/Radio.htm
http://www.electronics2000.com/page2.html
  Tom Dickens found several great websites with basic electronics tutorials.
www.servocity.com   This site has lots of information and interesting attachements for servo motors.
Scheduled Events   Here is a list of upcoming events and tech sessions
January 20th, 2001   Our regular monthly meeting
Monday Night Chat   Every Monday Night, we have a chat session. Join us to talk robots, ask questions, or just hang out with the gang.

 

Quick Notes   Interesting bits of news and trivia
Authors Needed!   The Encoder is actively seeking authors to help write the Encoder. The key to growing in this hobby is communicating your experiences to others. The Seattle Robotics Society Encoder is one of the premier resources for amateur robotics on the Internet. Each issue is read by thousands of people around the world. Please consider sharing ideas with us. Check out The Encoder Writers Guide for information about how you can help spread the excitement!

For information about submissions or comments about the online Encoder, contact Kevin Ross