Meeting Minutes, AHRC, October 26, 2002. Held at Pinckneyville Community Center Officers present: Frank Borowiec - President Paul Burrell - Co-Vice-president Clint Bridges - Treasurer Richard Bodor - Secretary Frank made introductions. Clint explained how we got the new location. we are scheduled to use this room for the next year. Attendees: 24 Club Business * treasurer's report - the treasurer's report is not included in the public minutes. For information concerning the finances, please contact an officer of the club.. * robot rally - Richard passed around a volunteer sign up sheet. we will have robot rally committee meetings beginning in November. They will probably be held at the Pinckneyville Community Center. * BBS and listbot. Paul gave quick synopses of what the discussion board is about. We have decided to keep both active for now. Information that is important to archive will be copied into the BBS as needed. * monthly contest - dead reckoning contest vs. line follower.. We have decided to have both a line follower and the monthly mini-sumo. These will happen as needed. Members are encouraged to bring their line-follower track to the monthly meetings so that others can try to use the track. In this way we may get several different configurations. Nominations: (October and November only - Elections held in December) Pres - Frank Borowiec co vice president - Nicholas Frank co vice president - Galen Hussey treasurer - Clint Bridges secretary - Richard Bodor RBNO: Clint gave a quick synopses of the most recent RBNO. In the last RBNO, one of the main chores was to disassemble the lathe. New attendees: Names, Ages, how they found us, what they want from club Shane Fried - a co-worker of Paul Burrell, he is interested in embedded devices Brian Byrne - a member of Robojackets, he said that he is looking for a place to hang-out Video: a history of artificial intelligence - shakey, flakey, and CART. This was a tape brought in by Clint from the History Channel Freebies - Frank brought in some goodies that were offered to the attendees. Among the items were power supplies, switches, fans, and some flat panel displays. He had about 4 full boxes of stuff, and we were able to take at least three full boxes of stuff off his hands. Around the Room: Sean Hussey - line follower made from Lego using java. This was a particularly fast bot. Katherine Marting and John - brought in their Lego line follower. This one had a unique swivel head. Frank brought in his line follower course. We may have different maps every month. the line should be 3/4 to 1". Ringo brought in "bot bert." he has started over and he brought a book by Dennis Clark. "building robot drive trains" Dale Heatherington brought in new drive for t-zero uses modified model race car motors - originally designed for 7V and 50amps. He rewound the wire in the motors for 24 volt operation. It'll lift about 9 lbs. Calvin Grier brought in his home-built vacuum uses big trak motor/wheel assembly using a magnetic clutch. it also uses two sharp infrared sensors. Murray Mckay brought several bots down from Memphis. He built a lap counter for the line follower contest also brought in lynx motor predator he also brought George III as a line follower. This is based on the Mark III kit. He also brought in a sumo bot - Quasimoto. He also brought pokey which is another sumo bot. Brian Byrne brought in two bots - one is the Mark III. He also brought in a Lego sumo bot. Joe Kushnick built a 60 lb battle bot chucky. This uses a pneumatic flipper. Presentation: Clint brought in Roomba for another demonstration. Clint got a document from embedded.com. Roomba has 5 DC motors. We gave the Roomba the task of vacuuming sugar from the floor. It did a pretty good job. We will try to perform an official evaluation of the product. It was suggested that the club purchase a Roomba. Monthly Contest In the line follower category, we had the Marting entry - wheezer and Sean Hussey brought in a line follower called "ask him" Sean's bot finished the track in 8.4 seconds In the mini-sumo category, we had three competitors: Brian Byrne brought in "Last Minute" Murray McKay brought in "Pokey" Dale Heatherington brought in the champion "Delta Force" The first contest was "Last Minute" vs. "Pokey" Last Minute won the first round and Pokey won the second and third round. Next, "Delta Force" went against "Pokey" The first round was called a tie by the Gyoji. The second and third rounds went to Delta Force. The next meeting will be on November 23rd. It is held one week earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving holiday. We are planning on having some refreshments at the November meeting. More details on the meeting will be sent via the listbot and the BBS.