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Commentary by S.D. Kaehler

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12/21/19: This month's meeting had a turnout of about 25 people. The meeting was facilitated by Steve Kaehler. We met downstairs at the FIRST Fieldhouse warehouse.

The meeting was kicked off with a couple videos. One about a about the Rockwell Turbo Encabulator, the greatest contraption never invented. The other about a robotic ice cream shop in Melbourne, Australia that leaves us wondering why.

SRS Polo shirts are available at meetings for $30 (card, cash, or check). The 2019 Robothon T-shirt are available for $15.

Club Business

  • We talked about the ongoing need for backup meeting leaders who can run things when Steve isn't available. There are a couple people who have done this but more options are always better. Talk to Steve at a meeting or contact him via SeattleRoboticsSociety(at) if you can help.
  • The usual slides were presented and contact information for potential presenters was solicited.
  • Steve is looking for people interested in sending out emails to invite potential presenters to come talk to us. It currently takes about eights asks to get one accept. This means it could take a hundred speaker requests to fill the calendar for one year. He needs people willing to research potential presenters and then send them a customized template email addressed. He can provide the template and general instructions. Include the SeattleRoboticsSociety(at) address in the cc: line so he can see any responses and address them. It is time-consuming to find and contact so many people and help would be greatly appreciated, especially if we want to have a full schedule of presenters.
  • We talked about the transition of our list server from SeattleRobotics@YahooGroups to The Contact Us pages has the new information for joining and using this new list host. There are MBOX formatted files containing all the messages from the SRS YG located here for your convenient access if you want to look at or download them yourself. They also on the website which should eventually be indexed by Google and available using the website search box in the left sidebar.
  • If you have ideas, comments, or presenter contact info, please email me at SeattleRoboticsSociety(at)


Meeting Pictures on Google Photos. If you have other pics you'd like to share please send them to SeattleRoboticsSociety(at) The following people shared something with the group:

  • Doug B. showed us a cool little microcontroller called the M5Stick-C. See the meeting pictures.
  • Gene E. brought a couple WowWee robots for giveaway to new homes.
  • Dan G. showed off a couple robots, a Robi Robot that has voice recognition built in and a cool robot he built years ago that has arms. He says he'll get it working and bring it back to demo. See the meeting pictures.

Feature Presentation

    Our program presenter was Tapomayukh (Tapo) Bhattacharjee a post-doctorate fellow in CS and Engineering at the UW who discussed the Personal Robotics Lab founded by Professor Siddhartha (Sid) Srinivasa at Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and at the UW in 2006. In 2017 Sid moved to the UW to direct the lab there. Tapo talked extensively about his work on "Feeding Robots" designed to help people who cannot feed themselves to be able to function independently. He discussed the technical aspects of teaching robots how to acquire a bite of food from a plate and deliver it to a user. It's a lot trickier and challenging than we realized, but his research is making headway towards robots that can truly help people. His presentation slides will be posted here soon.

    Here are his slides.

The Workshop

    The afternoon workshop was canceled due to lack of participants. We will have these in the future as long as people want to attend.

If you have comments or opinions on this writing, please email me at SeattleRoboticsSociety(at)

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