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Presentation: Imaging the Ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism -- 7pm, 6/13/13

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 01:53

Thursday June 13, 2013--7pm

Imaging the Antikythera Mechanism

"Hello, World" for a GPU

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 21:40
"Hello, World!" for a GPU is easier than you might think.
The following steps are all that is required for your first
GPU program. This is for a PC/nVidia/cuda. (I'll post again
when I have it for ARM/Mali/OpenCL.)

lspci | grep -i nvidia # nVidia specific for now
sudo apt-get install nvidia-cuda-toolkit nvidia-cuda-doc nvidia-cuda-dev

Registration for tonight's meeting

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 22:35
To streamline the process of obtaining a name badge when you arrive at
Google for the meeting on Wednesday, please preregister by filling out the
following form:
You can still attend the meeting if you don't preregister, but you will

Googel Badge registration for tonight's meeting.

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 22:35
Fellow members;

The link on the HBrobotics web page says the Google badge pre-registration is for the March 27th meeting, So I am not sure if the system is working for tonight's meeting. I am pretty the same link worked for the April meeting.

I pre-registered, so perhaps I will travel back in time.

April meeting video is posted

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 04:54
NOTE: The main talk was not uploaded upon request of the speaker.



Monthly Meeting Tomorrow, Wednesday May 29th.

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 22:33
Hello Everyone,

We will be meeting at Google:

Crusher Tech Talk - Google Research Building
1225 Charleston Rd,
Mountain View, CA 94043

The meeting starts at 7. I believe you can pre-register for a badge, but I don't have the link for that.

Our Speaker will be Hanno Sander, and the topic will be "Teaching with Robots."

H-bridge driver for tilt/pan

Sat, 06/08/2013 - 22:07

Good to see you last week at SIG.

Here's a little H-bridge that I just got my hands on, you could probably use
it for your camera tilt/pan.

<[link]> Pololu High-Power Motor Driver


Fly and drive robot

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 20:23
Interesting concept


National Day of Civic Hacking: City Camp Palo Alto

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 21:38
Hey guys, nothing formal (i.e. we don't have an HBRC booth) but this is happening next Saturday (June 1). I plan on driving "Rocky" around downtown (University Ave)... if anyone else wants to play from what I understand it's an open event.
The Hive @City Camp Palo Alto for the National Day of Civic Hacking!

Trouble with Willie(club turtlebot).

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 21:38
I am going to upgrade Willie to Ubuntu 12.04 and ROS groovy. Wireless works fine, but there is no driver for the ethernet (ar8152) Does anyone have an original Clearpath Turtlebot with a working hard wired ethernet port and how did you get the driver loaded? I tried to sudo apt-get the linux-backports, but the don't seem to exist for Lucid.

Google Static Mapping

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 21:38
Interesting piece on Google Static Mapping. Good for laying out


Alan KM6VV

High resolution teardown of the new Time-of-Flight Kinect One.

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 11:51
Hi guys,

A while back, Microsoft purchased Canesta, inventors of a very
promising low-cost Time-of-Flight depth camera. I have been dying for
this technology to come out, since it lacks the weaknesses of
structured-light/Kinect sensors.

Here is a high-rest picture of the Kinect One internals:

Object recognition challenge

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 00:27
Or maybe not a challenge, maybe this way is easier for a computer to recognize an object.



Raspberry Pi - Arduino Robot

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 10:59
Hi there,
I recently stmble upon this community doing research on rosserial. I'm currently making a robot that may interest some of you. For now I need specific help with some bug that annoy me.
But first, let me explain the project. I've trying late month doing a robot that could be cheap and easy to program and interacting. I bought a Raspberry and a Arduino and begin to play a bit with those tools. Now I've a nearly functionnal robotic system that I'd like to compare to Mindstorms but DIY way. You can view what it's capable of here: [link]

Maker Faire Images

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 17:28
Some of my favorite things at Maker Faire:
Roy the Robot
80-Ruxpin Art Installation
ARC Attack!

Summer Job Opportunities for your Community (Robotics & Science)

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:42
Home Brew folks, I hadn't see this come across our Home Brew list yet and it
came into our WRRF list. Some summer jobs for young and old, interested in
robotics. I think posting robotics type jobs is ok, right?

Ceal Craig
Treasurer, WRRF BOD

Western Region Robotics Forum

2530 Berryessa Road, #134, San Jose CA 95132

Big batteries

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 00:17
BTW, I just got this in my email from DealXtreme. This is for those of you who were ogling the monstro batteries
I had on Glyptodon Reticulatus, my Mock-TurtleBot this weekend.

pics of HBRC @ MakerFaire 2013

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 20:00
Hi everybody,
here's a link to a flickr set I just uploaded w/ pictures of the Homebrew booth I took at Maker Faire over the weekend.


Thanks again to Camp for organizing and wrangling this again this year and to everybody else who pulled booth duty

IR Shield

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 21:41
I have a pulsed (38kHz) IR Led that is a 603 size with 2 targets on either
side. The pulsed IR triggers the targets, so I put a bead I got a Michaels
over the LED with sticky spray. The problem is the bead must rise up
slightly and somehow the light escapes underneath the bead and triggers the
target. If I press it back down that fixes it, but not for long. Is there a

SIG Reminder

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 21:41
Wednesday, May 22, is the date for our SIG meeting this month at the
Hacker Dojo. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm. SIG is an informal
meeting where we just meet and mingle to show off and talk robots. You
don't need to be a member of either HBRC or Hacker Dojo to attend.

Hacker Dojo is at 599 Fairchild Dr, Mountain View, CA 94043. Upon