Meeting Summary | 2012-07-12

We had a great turn out of at least 17 people, about half of which were first time attendees. I counted a couple of families, too.

We shared an update on the state fair and discussed how to gift the graciously donated items from Fast Track Hobbies and Parallax. Steven shared an update on an Home Brew Robotics Club (HBRC) event he attended (like our TableBot Challenge). He also demonstrated a cool project with his Kinect controlling a robotic skeleton by mimicking his gestures. Dave donated a spectacular Sacrobotics banner for use at the state fair. Many folks shared their progress on their TableBot Challenge Robots.

These were our announcements:

Sacrobotics at California State Fair

  • July 28, 10AM-10PM
  • Expo Center (pavilion), Building #4

The AFRON “10 Dollar Robot” Design Challenge

Robot Party

Dweeb Den Potluck/Parts Swap

Speaker Selected for November Meeting

  • Celebrity engineer and hardware hacker Joe Grand of Grand Idea Studio will present at our November 7th meeting.

Next Meeting

  • TableBot Challenge – Phase 2
  • August 9th @ 7PM Fast Track Hobbies, Rocklin

Once again, we thank everyone who donated their resources and skills to make this group possible.

About Joe Grand

Joe Grand is an electrical engineer and hardware hacker. He runs Grand Idea Studio ( and specializes in the design of consumer products and modules for electronics hobbyists. Joe was a co-host of Discovery Channel’s Prototype This, an engineering entertainment show that followed the real-life design process of a unique prototype each episode, and was a member of the infamous hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries, who were instrumental in setting the standard for current security vulnerability disclosure practices.