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Welcome to the Encoder, the Newsletter of the Seattle Robotics Society.

Content last updated 1/4/22

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The Encoder has been static for a number of years, mainly because no one has wanted to write articles. This is understandable since in general, robot enthusiasts would rather build than write about their robots (talking about them is a different story...). Much information has been shared over the years, some of it dated, some still quite useful. Please feel free to browse through what's here. Allow yourself to be inspired by the creativity of these people and consider writing something yourself. The complete list of all the articles is available on the original Encoder index page. Google searching will work just fine, using all of the articles. A few years ago some ambitious members tagged articles for a database that is currently not working. Please don't try to use the "List Articles By..." links above. We will attempt to get this back online soon.

Articles for the Encoder are presented as-is, for informational purposes only, and remain the property of their respective authors. They reflect the knowledge and opinions of their authors and are not endorsed by the SRS.

Check out the scanned PDF files (thanks to Ron Provine) of long past issues of the Encoder on the website. Publication of these articles began in the early 90's and were mailed to subscribers until the mid-90's (~1996) when Kevin Ross took the Encoder online. They provide an interesting historical look at what the SRS was like during its first twenty years of existence and what people did at meetings back then. You will be introduced to the folks responsible for much of the early innovation in hobby robotics and many of the articles contain information that is just as valid now as it was then. Some will also be dated as technology has changed drastically, but you will gain a real appreciation for how tough it was to build robots before the plug-n-play options we have today were available. Please take some time to check them out.

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