Please join us at our next meeting on ???.

SPARCLogo761

CIRC collaboration is enhanced by the CIRC Yahoo Group

Magazines we read:

cclogo_2013_header

Stores we frequent: logo_pololu

servocity

flitetestlogo1_store_1442514264__65712

AutonomouStuff

cclogo_2013_header

logo_fingertech

logo_labjack

BotKits Logo

Packt Logo

AM6inch-01

dangerous-prototypes

new_orange_bars

Donations in any amount are gratefully accepted. Thanks!

 

Meeting Location Is Changing!

The club meeting location will be moving from AutonomouStuff to River City Labs for the foreseeable future starting for the March 2017 general meeting!  This will give CIRC and RCL a chance to collaborate more easily.  Meetings will stay on Wednesdays.  The monthly general club meetings will continue to be the second Tuesday of the month and start at 5:00 PM.  The Wheel-E build meetings will continue to be scheduled as time and interest abounds.

Many thanks to AutonomouStuff for hosting the meetings for so long!!!  It’s very much appreciated!

Address:  River City Labs, 1213 SW Adams St, Downtown Peoria, IL 61602

Parking is along the street.  The meeting will be on the second floor.

March 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

12th Annual UNI Mini-Sumo Smackdown Competition

The organizers of the UNI MiniSumo Smackdown invite you to compete in their mini sumo competition to be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the University of Northern Iowa.  The unique nature of this contest is that competitors can mail their robot entrants to the organizers and they will assign someone to operate the robot as per the owner’s instructions.  Pretty cool, you don’t have to even be there, which is nice on the budget.  The only downside is that the owner does not get to see their robot cream the competition.  Another upside is that the owner does not get to see their robot get creamed by the competition.  I guess it depends on how you look at it.  🙂

Here is a link to the site with the announcement.

February 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Announcements, Competitions | No comment

Josh Jacob’s Meccatana Project – G15B

Josh is working on a humanoid type of robot.  He has a lot going into this creation of his.  He is merging Meccano’s Meccanoid G15 Robot with Microsoft’s Cortana AI and Intel RealSense.  Here is a link his web page for this project.

joshjs_meccatana

February 21, 2017 at 11:59 am | Announcements, Projects | No comment

Engineering Day 2017 and CIRC

We had a fun, exciting, and long day at Peoria Riverfront Museum as part of Engineering Day.  The event lasted from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Different organizations, clubs and companies put on interactive displays to expose and excite children about engineering.  We brought our line following and maze solving table, sumo ring, 3D printers, and bots to share with people.  Quite a few people came by our display in the main lobby to ask questions.  The kids got a kick out of watching Mike’s line maze solving bot learning the line maze course and driving the shortest route to the end.  The 3D printers got lots of questions.  There were lots of questions regarding how to get started.

EngrDay2017LineFollow

EngrDay2017Printers

February 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm | Community, Uncategorized | No comment

CIRC at Engineering Day February 19, 2017

CIRC invites you to come down to the Riverfront Museum in Peoria,IL, for a free day at the museum on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  The museum will be hosting Engineering Day all day long, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Admission is free!  Different organizations, groups and companies will be presenting interactive displays.  Engineers from the Illinois Valley Branch of ASCE will be running a bridge contest for students from the area.  CIRC will be displaying different hobby robotic events and projects that the club is involved in.  People will be allowed to tour the museum.  This is a great opportunity.  We look forward to seeing you there.

February 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm | Community, Uncategorized | No comment

February 8 Meeting Moved to February 15

The monthly meeting for February 2017 was moved from the 8th to the 15th.  It will be at the usual time and place, 5:00 PM at AutonomouStuff.  We did this because of the snow and people having conflicts.  Some months are just like that.

As always, non-members are welcomed!  The meeting format is show and tell followed by business.  People are encouraged to bring in projects that they want to share during show and tell.  No one has to stay for the business part of the meeting.  We hope to see you there.

February 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Wheel-E Meeting Will Happen

The start of the new year has been a challenge for Wheel-E.   We have run into a stretch of people’s schedules not aligning properly, which has postponed the first meeting of the year to continue work on our venerable RoboMagellan robot.  The meeting will happen one of these weeks.  The plan now is to meet on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at AutonomouStuff starting at 5:00 PM.  (We schedule these meetings week to week as people are able and willing to attend.)

January 26, 2017 at 10:37 am | Projects | No comment

Monthly meeting schedule for 2017

We’ve decided to keep having our monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for 2017. Meetings are from 5:00 PM to ~7:00 PM at AutonomouStuff, 306 Erie Ave., Morton, IL. Here is the schedule through the end of 2017:

January 11, 2017
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
July 12, 2017
August 9, 2017
September 13, 2017
October 11, 2017
November 8, 2017
December 13, 2017
January 10, 2018

Thank you to AutonomouStuff for allowing us to host our meetings at your business!!

January 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Work on Wheel-E is continuing!

For the past 6 months we have been working on an update to Wheel-E based on the Polysync framework, and programmed in C/C++.  The components are similar to Wheel-E 2.1 (as described in the 2012 RoboMagellan Update on the CIRC website), with the following changes:

  • Replaced the Netbook running Windows 7 with two Raspberry Pi 3 boards running Linux/Polysync (one RPi3 is the main controller, and the other does vision processing)
  • Replaced the Maxbotix ultrasonic sensors with a LeddarTech multi-element sensor module for obstacle detection

We are in the process of re-writing the software.  Currently the remote control functionality is working, but all of the vision and autonomous control still needs done.  Build sessions will resume January 25.

January 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Projects | No comment

Eleventh Annual UNI MiniSumo Smackdown

The organizers of the UNI MiniSumo Smackdown have once again invited members of CIRC, as well as anyone on the planet, to compete in their mini sumo competition to be held on April 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the University of Northern Iowa’s Student Union Hemisphere Lounge.  The unique nature of this contest is that competitors can mail their robot entrants to the organizers and they will assign someone to operate the robot as per the owner’s instructions.  Pretty cool, you don’t have to even be there, which is nice on the budget.  The only downside is that the owner does not get to see their robot cream the competition.  Another upside is that the owner does not get to see their robot get creamed by the competition.  I guess it depends on how you look at it.  🙂  But, if you want, you can take your robot there and compete in person so that you get the full experience.  It is up to you.

Here is a link to the site with the announcement.

February 24, 2016 at 10:31 am | Uncategorized | No comment

Next Page »