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The HomeBrew Robotics Club was resurrected from the ashes of the original HomeBrew Computer Club by a group enthusiasts who were interested in the emerging field of robotics.
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RoboMagellan time

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 01:01

I was trying to find in the Event Packet info about time of RoboMagellan
It only talks about Combat robots and not RoboMagellan.

The only info I have seen so far is this:
Robomagellan <[link]>$55 1 Sa 12-6

So do we need to show up for RoboMagellan at noon on Saturday?

Graphics for groovy rviz.

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 03:42
Hi Austin,

My laptop crashed hard and I rebuilt everything from scratch. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 on an amd-64 with an old nvidia card. I installed nvidia_current, and the latest ogre (1.7.3?) I am running groovy. Rviz sometimes comes up with a grid, but mostly just a blank white screen that then kills the desktop when I exit. Another clue is rviz complains about not finding something in the GTK when It starts. It flashes the start up picture and then goes into whiteout mode. I tried the various fixes in ros answers without success.


Wed, 05/01/2013 - 00:24
Interesting website... there's even a Neato!
The  Robot Collection

Unbounded Robotics

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 22:28
I know you guys don't want to talk about this but it's in the IEEE. Congratulations!
Unbounded Robotics: The Next Willow Garage Spin-Off?


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 07:24
I am making a Nanosumo bot for Robogames, but the wheels are both sticking
in a spot. I think it is because they toe-in slightly and are rubbing on
the PCB.

I think if I can remove .25mm of PCB I can fix it, but I don't want to
damage the wheels. (They are 3D printed ABS with .5mm walls for the pully).

SIG Reminder

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 04:15
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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

"Romibo" Therapy Robot

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 04:09
Hey guys!
... saw these interesting social robots at the Block Party... [link]... kind of like "Furbies" on wheels or colorful "Tribbles". The young lady running the show, Aubrey Shick, has a good business plan recognizing the therapeutic benefits of robots and moreover robot-building. One of the goals is to make the robot simple enough so it can be assembled by children with their parents... another is to host workshops so Romibos can be assembled and donated to special needs facilities. Open-source plans and files are available on-line; keep your eyes open for a "KickStarter". She's located in Pittsburgh but I invited her to present at one of our meetings when she's in town as presentations are everyone's job.

Microscope for electronic assembly

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 21:37
Awhile ago there was a group buy of a microscope.
I need to buy a scope and was wondering how well
that microscope worked. If you bought one what
did you think of it?

Bob Smith

More Images from the Robot Block Party!~

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:15
This is for you, Boris!
Robot  Block Party 2013

Robot Block Party Pictures

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 01:45
The pictures I took yesterday at the RBP are here:


Didn't take as many as previous years. :)


Robot Block Party

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 22:42
For those who didn't get a chance to go, here is a write up and photos from
the Block Party.

Photo #5 in the set of 14 photos found in the middle of the page should be
recognized by many of us. Let us hope that he does not do his laundry
between now and Robogames and thus does not wear his orange shirt to

RoboMagellan cones

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:23
Is there a way to find out which cones are going to be used in this year's
RoboMagellan competition?
I noticed there exist several slightly different types.

Alex Bravo

Romo - Keller Rinaudo

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 04:47
Keller spoke to the club awhile back. I ran across this video of a
TED presentation he did.


Jim, K6JMG

Robots needed for booth at Stanford Block Party on Wednesday

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 19:04
In celebration of National Robotics Week, the Silicon Valley Robotics Block
Party will take place at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab @
Stanford on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 1 to 6 pm. As in previous
years, HBRC will occupy several tables at the event. We need you and your
robots to help fill the tables. All robots are welcome. The event is

Does anyone have a TurtleBot 2 (aka Kobuki)?

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 08:20
Just curious if anyone has yet tried out the new TurtleBot 2
also known as the Kobuki? I'm particularly interested in how well it
autodocks and if anyone has used it with ROS SLAM. My old TurtleBot 1
is showing its age so I'm wondering if it's worth replacing with the new

Robot Block Party @ Stanford

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 08:20
Hey Guys!
Happy National Robotics Week* (starts tomorrow). You are cordially invited to the "Robot Block Party" at Stanford on Tuesday (April 10) so charge up your batteries and be there!
Robot Block Party 2013
* [link]

March meeting videos are posted

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:32
Now playing at a YouTube theater near you:



USB charging port for a small robot

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 08:57
Perhaps I'm searching online for the wrong phrases, but I can't seem to
find much info online about adding a USB charging port to a small robot.

The robot runs on 4xAAA batteries and the primary goal is to enable my
young son to plug it into the USB port in the wall to charge overnight,
avoiding the need for adapters in electrical outlets.

Images from March Meeting

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 00:59
HBRC March 2013

need help with web site

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 07:31
Need help!

I need assistance in moving my website from the old web server to Go Daddy.
My web designer is disabled and can no longer work on his computer. It
needs to updated at the same time. If you would like to earn some extra
money let me know.

Brian Higgins
Autonomous Travel for the Blind