Officers in attendance: Frank borowiec - president Barry ward - vice-president Richard bodor - vice-president Clint bridges - treasurer Calvin grier - secretrary 25 attendees Club business: Robot rally report from Calvin Grier - summarization will be in the listbot email. Go to the web page to sign up to the listbot. The robot rally is next week (feb 3rd). It will be a 2 ring circus this year. Rules change was explained. Judges (first 20 only) must judge every contestant. We need more robots at the rally. Calvin made an appeal for a lot of robots. Education about robots is one of our main charters so we need robots and robot pieces - even those that are not competing (or even working). Clint showed the plaques for the first place winners. There was some discussion about the robotmow. New visitors: Norman Chambers - found us through email. Bruce Hannah - graduate of ga tech Video time - this is a copy of the channel 5 coverage on RBNO. This was a great spot promting the club and the Rally 2001 New contest - several ideas are being sent to committee - headed by Paul Burrell. - Moving target for beacon finding robots - Mini sumo contest - Open contest goals (bob baxter volunteered for the committee.) Show and tell: 1) Barry Showed new material (expanded pvc sheet) available from re-supply, near austen electronics. 2) Richard Bodor, jr. Showed his cybiko, a new hand-held wireless device that costs $99 3) Galen Hussey showed gameboy vision system. Made parallel port hook up. 4) Sean Hussey - showed automatic pump system. Part of the mindstorms kit. 5) Paul Burrell showed his vacuum bot. 6) Frank Borowiec brought a bag of goodies for distribution to the membership Break - networking period After the break our featured presenter was calvin grier and his new aibo ER-210. Abio managed to chase his ball and make amusing sounds and gestures for the crowd. He even showed off his ability to recognize spoken commands. Contest: in the final beacon finding contest, Bob Baxter showed his "goofball" robot which finished the contest with a time of 5.42 seconds. The prize was a $50 bill.