[chbot] Meeting notes: Robotics Group meeting, Monday 21 Oct 2019, 630pm, 5 Idris Road

Mark Atherton markaren1 at xtra.co.nz
Mon Oct 21 09:54:57 BST 2019

Hello everyone,

Couple of new faces this evening; welcome.

Good turnout with 22 attendees, and lots of huddles-of tech-talk. $34 + 
change (in gold, and flat-money) collected and transferred into the 
robotics loose-change jar (for later banking).

Quick reminder: equipment donations are welcome for the trading table, 
but no CRT based product, printers, toner or items that are likely to be 
a disposal burden. All sales from the trading table should go into the 
brown box on the wall, and are directly for the benefit of our host 
club, NZART Branch 05.

With thanks on behalf of the group,

Mark Atherton


Alan Leifting paid us a visit from Ecotech Services in Sydenham and gave 
us an overview of his eWaste-centric business.

William had his latest wristwatch on display; he also gave us an update 
on project progress. Battery life is now up to about a month, and unit 
has acceptable accuracy.

Robin Gilks gave us an update on the ferrous-removal-project for the 
Kiwi enclosure at Willowbank, in Christchurch; this project is looking 
very promising. He also gave us quite a discourse on 
wind-power-when-it-gets-out-of-control, which was rather scary.

Andy Dean gave us an update on the Crate Escape project and brought 
along some latest-generation hardware. Newer exhibits include the 
dark-room, and an outdoor AR exhibit. His son, and team also won 
top-of-the-pile for robo-cop, at the oldest national level - amazing, 
and very well done. Andy also passed around some laser-ready laminates 
which were rather interesting.

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