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RSSC is an experimental robotics association formed in the late 1970's around the time when many computer clubs where being formed. The need for robotics specific club was met by forming one of the first robotics clubs in the world. We meet once a month on the second Saturday of the month at California State University Long Beach in the ECS building, room 302. Parking is free on the street. Our meetings start at 10 AM with classes, special interest groups on subjects such as AI, motor control to a short business meeting followed by a short break then a competition plus a show and tell of the various projects our members are working on and it ends around 3pm.  See Announcements on the right of this page for the latest topics.  Our society is FREE to join for anyone interested in robotics and other exponential technologies such as 3D printing and Artificial Intelligence and for any age group! Come and learn! We have presenters from student projects, Battlbot builders to Mars rover drivers and leaders from the robotics community.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to donate prizes for our competitions. We provide a link to the donated prizes: fantastic prizes


What can you find on this web site:

Check out the detailed  Meeting reports to get an idea of the things we do at our meetings every month.

Everything about our competitions. You can win fantastic prizes donated by various robotics companies.

Don't know where to begin, here you find some competition rules. Or you can read up on our previous contests.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to donate prizes for our competitions. 

Wanna join or meet our members? Wanna know when we meet or where we meet ?

Wanna read our articles, tutorials or write one your own?

We are proud to be associated with the Riverside Robotics Society. Many of their members are part of our members. There is also the very active Los Angeles Robotics Club Meetup Group - visit them here: http://www.meetup.com/LARoboticsClub/ 


Join the RSSC-List at Yahoo Groups.

This mailing list is where our members collaborate on robotics technology.  In addition to the information you will find on this website, you will also find a wealth of information by joining the RSSC-List.  You can ask questions and experts can answer them for you.

We look forward to your participation. http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/RSSC-list/  

First, go to groups.yahoo.com .   If you are already a yahoo member, sign in if necessary.  Otherwise hit the “New to groups, Sign Up” link and join up. In the search box on top of the groups.yahoo.com page, type in “RSSC-list” and search.  When it comes up in the search results, click it to go to the club list.  You will see links to “Join this group”.  Do so and you will be given the opportunity to specify how often you want to receive the club emails and will be able to access the archives. When you send your first email (see instructions once you sign up on how to do this), it may take a while to show up.  We moderate all members first messages and approve them (if they are on a robot topic) and change the member to unmoderated status.

 

Our Most Current Meeting - What's Happening?

10:00 – 11:00 Leaf – ROS – Rosbridge , Dr. Bruce showed LISP code used to communicate between Windows and Linux ROS.  The idea is to try to send/receive commands or data via a TCP/IP connection.

ROSBridge http://www.rosbridge.org/doku.php

http://www.rosbridge.org/doku.php?id=wiki:getting_started

A great and simple tutorial to learn LISP: http://lisp.plasticki.com/show?14F

11:00-12:00 Intro to Computer Vision by Alex, discussion on www.oborealm.com and opencv.org

12:35 – 1:00 Business meeting:

  • Walter talked about the successful participation on the RCX.com radio control expo at the OC Fairgrounds. Prof. Mason was the main organizer. Photos of the event were show.
  • Walter talked about the movie HER, Amazon hiring people with knowledge of ROS for robotics positions.
  • The club will have a book library.  Books will be housed at CSULB in the meeting room. Walter will get a key to lock the books in one of the cabinets.  A checkout method will have to be decided. We have about 10 books so far. We will contact Henry Arnold to see if he knows anything about our previous book collection.

Competitions:

July: walking robots – walk in a straight line for six feet using a bipedal robot. Fastest and most accurate robot to stay in the center at the end wins.                                                                                                                                                       

August: Turing Test – competition devised by Thomas

September: lifting -  An idea submitted by Bob Huss: I just thought of an idea for a future contest: You know how ants can move an object 25 times their weight.  How about we have a contest for moving an object relative to the weight of a robot.  In other words we weigh a robot and an object and if robot lifts it, determine the winner by the best ratio, (like lifting one fourth it's weight).  A second part of the contest could be bonus points for autonomously getting the heavier object and putting it in a square 2 feet away     

October: find the blob contest – contest designed by Bill.

Class for July:  3D scanning demo and 3D printing by Walter Martinez

Show N Tell

1. Bob – Beamz/Occupy Mars Orchestra. Bob from http://www.kidstalkradiola.com  demonstrated the latest Beamz  http://thebeamz.com/  product that is used to accompany music with virtual instrucments and sound effects.  Bob’s Occupy Mars Orchestra will perform three free concerts at the Long Beach VA hospital  on June 24 at 6pm, July 31st at 6pm, August 28th at 6pm. Open to the public. See the KidsTalkRadioLA website for previous concert photos and info. Bob is looking for volunteers with knowledge of robotics, art, music to join the orchestra which will eventually become a musical.

2. Ron – Battery Status – new Harbor Freight multimeters have the ability to test amperage battery consumption.  Ron explained on the board how to do this.

3. Walter – Jim Henson’s Creature Shop – check out the latest season of the SyFy TV show http://www.syfy.com/creatureshop and become inspired on how to create you next animatronics figures.

New Kickstater for a small six legged walking robot  by XYZBot (Makers for Fritz animatronic head) http://www.xyzbot.com/TipToe/index.php

New walking robot from Robotis – Darwin Mini http://www.robotis.us/darwin-mini/  $500 – good for the walking robot competition next month ;-)

Based on the ARM Cortex M3 processor

http://www.trossenrobotics.com/open-cm-904b  

http://www.robotsource.org/

4. Sergei – Pixy Camera (CMUCam5), Sergei created the pan/tilt from scratch. PixyMon allows you to track an object.  It is very inexpensive at $69 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Pixy%20Camera Works with Arduino with libraries and sample code included.

5. Sergei – has created a Robot Framework from scratch using C# Sergei demonstrated the ability of his new robot hardware and software platform to be manually driven via joystick, but its autonomous mode would kick in as soon as the robot was going to crash.  The robot would stop automatically.

Link to Coursera supplemental material – the course is “Control of Mobile Robots”
http://pysimiam.sourceforge.net/coursera.html
It is a good outline of the course and a good refresher.
The intended use is to complete course tasks by writing missing code (which may be hard to do without listening to the lectures; you can download last week’s code to have most answers though).
You don’t need any hardware – simulator is provided. Programming in Python 2.7. It is possible to set up everything on Windows using Python 64-bit, but it is much less trouble with the 32-bit distribution.
You can connect it to actual hardware robot, if you choose to – all your programming will still apply.
Books to consider:
http://www.amazon.com/Robot-Programming-Practical-Behavior-Based-Robotics/dp/0071427783  - this is pretty basic and practical
http://www.amazon.com/Probabilistic-Robotics-Intelligent-Autonomous-Agents/dp/0262201623 – some of the theory behind Google cars
 

RCX.COM 2014 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in California