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If you reside in the Pasadena area, checkout classes like this one on #3dprinting from +Deezmaker.

The founder +Diego Porqueras​ has personally developed his own line of 3d printer's that are top notch. Take a class, you will learn a lot!
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It never rains in California....:)
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Note to self....find a partner that has opposable thumbs is an important consideration when playing #XBox360
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Way cool...another successful Kickstarter project.  I am glad to be one of the nearly 22,000 backers supporting Jide Technology.  I can't wait to receive my #AndroidPC  in October!
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Our speaker at The Riverside Robotics Society on Saturday is PhD Research Fellow Ross Mead.

He is going to talk about his dissertation work of getting robots to understand and use non verbal communication when interacting with people (aka social robotics).

Ross has a long personal interest in robotics and this includes being heavily involved in integrating traditional and social robotics into K-12 STEM education.

He’s been the organizer for the Greater Los Angeles Botball (http://www.botball.org/) regional robotics tournament, the former VP of LA Robotics, and host a variety of robotics events for kids and teachers.

In his spare time, Mead found time in 2013 to participate as the robo-tech in Team Axe as part of the TV show on the Syfy channel called the Robot Combat League (aka rockem sockem robots for adults). Yes, Ross was part of the Robot Combat League.  While the show was cancelled, video lives on YouTube:

Meet team Axe > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YHmScIfib0

Learning to Play with the Robots >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjEwbApX6kM

Team Axe vs Game Over > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7bSN30RRCI

 

Reminder Prep for Mini Sumo Bot

During our August meeting, we will also prepare a bit for Mini Sumobot Competition scheduled for September 19.  So, bring your mini sumobot (by definition dimensions are less than 10 by 10 centimeters and less than 500 grams) and get some practice in before the September competition. Official competition rules will be distributed at the meeting.


Location 

Woodcrest Library 
16625 Krameria Ave (A block off of Van Buren, at King Ave.) 
Riverside, CA 92504 

Time 
Starts about 10 am and ends about 12:30 ish


Next Steps > Please Register
We have an exciting meeting planned for this Saturday. Since we are expecting temperatures in the 100's on Saturday, we will be serving cold refreshments (soda & water) inside the library.

It would be a great help if you could register today so we can plan for the expected head count. At our June pizza meeting, we ran out of pizza and drinks since not everyone registered :( For those that are not members of RRS, registration is completely free!

http://www.meetup.com/The-Riverside-Robotics-Society/events/224357801/

I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

Contact me if you have questions.
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Hey #hyundaiusa this is not cool. I had 30 miles left in the tank when I turned off the car in the evening. When I turned it back on in the morning it showed nothing.

#badsensors
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Well this #earthquake woke me this morning...a 4.3. Not large but enough to startle me.
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This is a video compilation of the Riverside Robotics Society to the Riverside Police Department

Yes, it was a blast both literally and figuratively. 

In spite of the rain, we had about 35 members attending the meeting. Detectives Dana and Sivula gave us a comprehensive presentation on the training, equipment and of course the robots associated with the Riverside “Bomb Squad”.  

This was a great field trip that included several hands-on demonstrations.  First the entire group held primacord - a yellow detonating cord.  Our group held this cord in a large circle and then Detective Dan passed an electrical signal through the cord and ignited at the end.  This was cool.

Following that demo, we literally shot about a dozen rounds into a garbage can.  For the record, while the garbage can was dented, no cost was incurred by the City or County of Riverside.  

The grand finale of demonstrations was ignition of about 25 grams of explosive material.  This was impressive.

After all three major robot demonstrations, we concluded the day by trying on the 120 pound protective equipment.  I believe they said helmet weighs about 25 pounds which does a job on your neck and shoulders after a while.  

Many thanks to Detectives Dana and Sivula for their personal time in delivering the robotic demonstration! 

#RiversideRoboticsSociety   #roboticsdemonstrations  
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So it's my birthday today...which cake should I eat first? And yes, I started eating them both last night :)
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