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==Overview==
 
==Overview==
 
Using the Pi for robot purposes. A nice mobile computer at the heart of a machine.
 
Using the Pi for robot purposes. A nice mobile computer at the heart of a machine.
 
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* Define the bot
[http://makerfairebristol.com/archives/990 This].
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* Choosing the right parts
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* Building
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* Programming/controlling your machine
  
 
==How==
 
==How==
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Goal oriented meetings-  
 
Goal oriented meetings-  
  
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BAMF has a goal of trying to use the most creative, least expensive options possible. (We don't want to discourage folks that feel like spending  large sums of cash. We will be more than happy to help with gold plated ventures also).
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We want to encourage personal projects and provide a framework for learning new skills.
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====Ideas====
 
Some people will opt for buying off the shelf technology to make things easier [http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk/catalog/racer-p-993.html Ready made Bluetooth] cars for example
 
Some people will opt for buying off the shelf technology to make things easier [http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk/catalog/racer-p-993.html Ready made Bluetooth] cars for example
  
 
Many will look at repurposing options like a [http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2348 Roomba], for reasons of thrift or just the difficulty
 
Many will look at repurposing options like a [http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2348 Roomba], for reasons of thrift or just the difficulty
 
* Define the bot
 
* Choosing the right parts
 
* Building
 
* Programming/controlling your machine
 
  
 
[http://www.societyofrobots.com/robot_tutorial.shtml Society of Robots] states ''You will learn skills ranging from electronics, mechanics, controls, programming, and even as broad as understanding animal behavior and human psychology.'' For your first attempt; '' take the KISS approach: Keep It Simple, Stupid!''  
 
[http://www.societyofrobots.com/robot_tutorial.shtml Society of Robots] states ''You will learn skills ranging from electronics, mechanics, controls, programming, and even as broad as understanding animal behavior and human psychology.'' For your first attempt; '' take the KISS approach: Keep It Simple, Stupid!''  
  
BAMF has a goal of trying to use the most creative, least expensive options possible. (We don't want to discourage folks that feel like spending  large sums of cash. We will be more than happy to help with gold plated ventures also).
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[http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?35674-HeaterMeter-v4-0-for-RaspberyPi-Standalone HeaterMeter] a bbq thermometer that allows you to monitor temp anywhere.
  
We want to encourage personal projects and provide a framework for learning new skills.
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[http://makerfairebristol.com/archives/990 This].
  
 
==Calendar==
 
==Calendar==
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===April===
 
===April===
'''Sensors'''
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Sensors
 
====Agenda====
 
====Agenda====
 
* G+/IRC on #BAMF (Freenode)
 
* G+/IRC on #BAMF (Freenode)
 
* Vote on group project(s)
 
* Vote on group project(s)
 
=== May===
 
=== May===
Motors
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Motors/sensors
 
====Agenda====
 
====Agenda====
 
* Picking the right parts
 
* Picking the right parts
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===June===
 
===June===
 
Controls  
 
Controls  
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* Wii controller
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* Bluetooth from phone/laptop
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* Autonomy
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===July&August===
 
===July&August===
  

Revision as of 06:07, 9 April 2013

Contents

Overview

Using the Pi for robot purposes. A nice mobile computer at the heart of a machine.

  • Define the bot
  • Choosing the right parts
  • Building
  • Programming/controlling your machine

How

Goal oriented meetings-

BAMF has a goal of trying to use the most creative, least expensive options possible. (We don't want to discourage folks that feel like spending large sums of cash. We will be more than happy to help with gold plated ventures also).

We want to encourage personal projects and provide a framework for learning new skills.

Ideas

Some people will opt for buying off the shelf technology to make things easier Ready made Bluetooth cars for example

Many will look at repurposing options like a Roomba, for reasons of thrift or just the difficulty

Society of Robots states You will learn skills ranging from electronics, mechanics, controls, programming, and even as broad as understanding animal behavior and human psychology. For your first attempt; take the KISS approach: Keep It Simple, Stupid!

HeaterMeter a bbq thermometer that allows you to monitor temp anywhere.

This.

Calendar

Building to the Summer of Robot Love

April

Sensors

Agenda

  • G+/IRC on #BAMF (Freenode)
  • Vote on group project(s)

May

Motors/sensors

Agenda

  • Picking the right parts
  • Keep it cheap
    • Identify sources for re-using machines/parts

June

Controls

  • Wii controller
  • Bluetooth from phone/laptop
  • Autonomy

July&August

Robot show/competition/party Programming knowledge is scheduled every month.


FAQ

Robots? Yes.

Really? Should the townsfolk be scared? No. They will be nice, following the Three Laws

Why ARM? ARM chips are the most widely-produced processor family in the world; they have historically been used in cell phones and embedded applications, but were originally designed as desktop processors, and are increasingly used in tablet devices and low-power-consumption servers.

  • Low Power Consumption / Better efficiencies
  • High levels of device integration -- "system on a chip" designs, with reduced space and cooling requirements
  • Readily available from multiple vendors
  • Low cost

The Fedora-ARM project is an initiative to bring Fedora to this processor family. Read more here