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Welcome to the Seattle Robotics Society!

The Seattle Robotics Society was formed in 1982 to serve those interested in building robots and associated technologies. We are a non-profit corporation consisting of a diverse group of technologists and tinkerers. Our collective passion is learning about robots through education and freely sharing our skills and knowledge with our community through meetings, workshops, contests, outreach events, online, and mentoring.

See the SRS Programs page for information on the activities that the SRS does to help promote robotics.

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All contents of this website are copyright 2017 by the Seattle Robotics Society except materials provided by presenters which remain the property of their respective creators and Encoder articles which remain the property of their respective authors. All such materials are presented as-is without endorsement by the SRS. All rights are reserved.

Page last updated: 2/3/2018

Announcements

Note that it's always a good idea to check this page before the meeting in case inclement weather or something unexpected forces a cancellation or a change in venue. See the monthly announcements below for special cases. Since we share the regular meeting facility with FIRST Washington, we sometimes may need to meet at an alternate location nearby in the event of a conflict. We may have joint activities if the facility can handle the number of people, otherwise details will be posted below as soon as possible in the monthly announcements and on our Facebook page with location and directions to the alternate meeting venue. IF you want an automated utility to ping you when there's a change here, consider VisualPing, a free website that will monitor websites for you. This service will check a selected site up to twice a day for free, more often for a fee.

  • Take a look at the Useful Links page recently added as a robotics resource. Check out the links to the special robotics blog provided by MRO Electric, and Web Technology USA, a vetted directory of technology websites.
  • If you haven't come to one of our meetings for a while, we now normally meet at the FIRST Washington Fieldhouse at 21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA (as of January 2017) unless otherwise noted below.
  • Yellow signs at the front door in the building will direct you either upstairs to the conference room or straight through the building to the warehouse highbay or to provide details of the alternate meeting location should you miss the advance announcements.
  • Meetings will be followed by an afternoon robot work session (until ~4 p.m., see Upcoming Events below) where we'll help people build and program the SRS Parallax BOE-Bot Arduino Robot kits. Bring your kit, a project to work on, questions to ask, or be a resource or sounding board for others.

Upcoming Events

General Meeting Information

Our regular meetings start at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month. See the meetings page for details on the normal location and directions. See below for special location information. The "Events" section on the SRS Facebook page has the typical meeting agedas. See below for the planned presentations for upcoming meetings. See the Past Presentations page for an archive of presenters, their presentation slides (if provided), and their topics.

Presentations Coming

February 17th
  • NOTE: Special meeting location this month: Western Integrated Technologies at 7651 South 190th St, Kent, WA 98032 - Main Conference Room
  • This month's meeting will focus on 3D Printers. If you have one bring it along. If you are thinking about getting one, come with your questions and see what others have purchased and how they work. If you've ever printed something interesting, bring it along to show. Scott Worley will also talk about OpenSCAD, an open-source Solid 3D CAD modeling tool that he has gotten to know quite well and is a handy tool to use with your 3D printer.
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: Steve K.
March 17th
  • NOTE: Special meeting location this month: Western Integrated Technologies at 7651 South 190th St, Kent, WA 98032 - Main Conference Room
  • Paul Verhage from the Boise Robotics Group will share solar eclipse pictures from his high altitude program that helps inspire student interest in science. His students build BalloonSats and program them to collect images and other science data.
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: Steve K.
April 21st
  • Lloyd Moore will present. This talk will look at three different implementations for the machine vision operation of connectivity analysis. We'll look at the details of how each algorithm works and in addition we will compare the performance of each algorithm. Each of the algorithms was also used for a different purpose and in addition we will show that matching an algorithm design to it's intended use can give large performance gains.
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBD.
May 19th
  • Special Contest Day-Mini Robothon. No presentation is planned for this month.
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBD.
June 16th
  • This slot (~11-noon) is currently available (*).
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBD.
July 21st
  • This slot (~11-noon) is currently available (*).
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBD.
August 18th
  • This slot (~11-noon) is currently available (*).
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBD.
September 15th
  • This slot (~11-noon) is currently available (*).
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBD.
October 6th October 20th
  • This slot (~11-noon) is currently available (*).
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBD.
November 17th December 15th
  • This slot (~11-noon) is currently available (*).
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBD.
(*) Contact Steve Kaehler (SeattleRoboticsRobotics (at) Gmail.com, Subject: "SRS Presentation", if you are interested in presenting or have contact info for someone who is.

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.