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CHIBOTS MEETING: MAY 20, 2001
A lot of familiar faces and a few new ones, too.
Tom and Ortho
Tom Gralewicz presented his robot, Ortho of Borg, as an example of multiprocessor control. Tom handed out notes to everyone, outlining the benefits and drawbacks of using more than one processor.
Tom is a relaxed and comfortable speaker, and therefore communicated the subject well. The audience applauded!
(Click the picture on the right to see a movie)
Line Following Practice
As anticipated, Sweet tested out the line-following tracks. Jim Munro and David Cook brought two line-following robots each.
Jim's Dark Helmet (line follower) was a crowd pleaser.
Jim brought a bunch of robots and modules. The yellow sonar station (above) indicates if you are far away, left, center, or right. The ultra-low-torque motor (below) was wild to watch spin. (Tom's multiprocessor notes are in the background)
(Click the picture below to see a movie)
Jeremiah van Aalst brought a great four-wheel drive Lego MindStorms robot with bumper touch sensors.
ChiBots Logo Proposals
Two people brought sample ChiBots logos. The placeholder logo of a spur gear and battery hasn't got long to live!
(Click the lower picture to see a movie)
Cliff built a walking robot. Through crafty use of PVC pipe, a TV-interactive toy, and brass, this robot is as fascinating to examine standing still as it is when walking.
Before packing his bags for BattleBots, John entertained us with his latest entry. This sturdy middleweight packs a pressurized punch.
(Click above to see a short movie)
A nice treat was that a local news crew videotaped the meeting. John was being interviewed about his robot and his experiences in BattleBots.
See you next month!
ChiBots Meeting Minutes for Sunday, May 20, 2001
by David Wooden
I. Members present at the meeting
John Patrick, President
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
VI. Technical Presentation
Multiprocessor Robots, given by Tom Gralewicz
VII. Line-Following Demonstration
Those who brought line-following robots demonstrated them on our line-following tile track, supplied by Mike Bakula.
Line following, swapping and discussion continued after the meeting. Fox News arrived and interviewed John Patrick and shot lots of footage of the meeting. Johnís BattleBot Fusion was filmed extensively, as was the line-following demonstration and everything else that was going on.