Date & Location
30 October 1999
Tech America
5600 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA

Meeting Attendance (21)

Officers present
Barry Ward, President
Frank Borowiec, Vice President
Charlie Oldham, Secretary

Club Business
Barry Ward announced that nominations for club officers are still 
open and invited additions.  Daniel Schaeffer, a current 
Vice President, regretfully declined the nomination for next 
year due to his becoming a Georgia Tech student.  This leaves 
the nominations as:

Barry Ward	President
Frank Borowiec	Vice President
Richard Bodor	Secretary
Clint Bridges	Treasurer (tentative; not yet accepted)

Calvin Grier announced  plans for the Robot Rally Contest.  
The competition will take place 5 February 2000.  
There will be three competitions: the vacuum contest, an open 
competition, and a Lego Mindstorms competition.  
Sci-Trek will provide the same space for the competition 
as last year but tables and work areas may be in an 
adjacent room.  Sci-Trek has changed its entire staff 
since last year.  If you enter a robot in the competition, 
you get free admission to Sci-Trek and possibly a discount 
for one other person.  Problems with the club web page 
have prevented competition details from being updated but 
this should be fixed soon.  Online registration for the 
competition is already up and working, however.  The 
contest committee will meet sometime prior to the event 
to finalize plans.  Porter Sadler has not finalized the 
rules for the Mindspring competition yet but is thinking 
of having multiple venues such as line following and maze 

Barry Ward announced that the Stone Mountain Ham Fest is next 

Frank Borowiec called for people interested in working at the 
robot rally to let him know so they can be contacted prior to 
the contest committee meeting.

Show & Tell

Calvin Grier showed his Grow-Bot (Parallax Kit, $165.00).  
It includes a preprogrammed BASIC Stamp2 and even includes 
diagnostic routines.  The robot uses two modified servo 
motors as drive motors.  

Lester Davis showed Bot Bert II which started off as Shop Bot.  
It is approximately 18" in diameter.  It has a built-in PC 
with a hard drive and a floppy disk drive. It uses a power 
supply from a laptop; 12 VDC in and multiple voltages out.  
The "head" can be rotated 180 degrees.  Vertical 22" panels 
are mounted with bumper switches at top and bottom all the 
way around the circumference of the robot.  The panels are 
made of lexan and required heating before bending to shape.  
Several different heating methods were tried with varying 
degrees of success.  The drive motors were from Herbach & 
Rademann and were assemblies that included the wheels 
already mounted on the motors.  These motors draw about 
14 amps at 12 VDC.  Software is written in C and the 
operating system is Mandrake Linux.

Barry Ward showed his robot built on the Robot Project Base.  
He designed, built, and tested a power supply to support 
hard drive, keyboard, mouse, and motherboard with built-in 
sound and video.  He also showed a "Furby" that he bought 
for $30 at Target.  The Furby contains examples of how 
simple sensors can be used to interface a robot to its 
environment and have it display certain behaviors.

Technical Presentation
Len Burleson brought part of the Southern Polytechnical 
University's entry in the International Aerial Robotics 
Competition.  He has previously shown us the Helicopter; 
this time it was a ground-based Rover that is also part 
of the competition.

The first video showed part of the 1997 International 
Aerial Robotics Competition that Southern Polytech had 
entered.  A second tape showed video that was transmitted 
from the Rover while it was traversing the competition site.  
This video transmission was meant to be used as reconnaissance 
by the Helicopter to help it locate various targets.

Monthly Contest
The line-following contest was not held due to a lack of competitors.