January 2001

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Outdoor Navigation using polarized sunlight   Alexis Desbiens shows us an extremely clever idea for navigating using polarized sunlight instead of a magnetic compass.
Modifying the internal potentiometer of the TS-80   Alexis Desbiens also has some great ideas and background information on modifying servo motors to get positional feedback.
The Skank Sponge Awards   The results of our First Annual Award contest.
PCB Software Update   Kevin Ross shares his latest experiences with Eagle 4.0
Lego Gripper   Jim Wright shows us how to build a gripper out of Lego parts.
Robot: Merlin   Bill Ruehl shows us the firefighting robot Merlin
SRS Meeting: January 20th, 2001   Minutes from the January meeting
Designing a new controller board   Kevin Ross discusses some of the decisions and dilemmas to be faced when building a new controller board.


Hot Links   Here are this months list of interesting links. If you find a cool one, send it to us and we will add it to the list of Hot Links. This list will change each month.
Standard Technologies of the Seattle Robotics Society   Just getting started? You might like to check out this link that documents some of the standard technologies that the Seattle Robotics Society suggests for those just starting out. This article explains a lot of different aspects about building a robot. Have a look!
http://www.portlandrobotics.org   P.A.R.T.S. Now has a new website!
Scheduled Events   Here is a list of upcoming events and tech sessions
February 17th, 2001   Our regular monthly meeting

NOTE: The meeting will be at the Edmundson Pavilion at the University of Washington for this meeting ONLY. Please check out the meeting notice for more info.

Monday Night Chat   Every Monday Night, we have a chat session. Join us to talk robots, ask questions, or just hang out with the gang.


Quick Notes   Interesting bits of news and trivia
Authors Needed!   The Encoder is actively seeking authors to help write the Encoder. The key to growing in this hobby is communicating your experiences to others. The Seattle Robotics Society Encoder is one of the premier resources for amateur robotics on the Internet. Each issue is read by thousands of people around the world. Please consider sharing ideas with us. Check out The Encoder Writers Guide for information about how you can help spread the excitement!

For information about submissions or comments about the online Encoder, contact Kevin Ross