Technohackers Robotics Group
Tuesday 6pm to 8pm.
This year (2019) the Robotics Group will be all building Autonomous Mobile Robots (1/16 scale car’s), with AI brains and using cameras to see objects. Later in the year the goal is to have the robots race each other. Towards the end of the year there will be an inaugural autonomous robot car race with prizes, crashes, humor and panic.
At Technohackers we all start not knowing what they are doing, that’s part of our culture. We have fun as we learn and help each other. To join in to this group you do need to have some programming concepts under your belt and ideally you might have started learning Python (but not all of us have). Without a doubt, there will be plenty of disaster and probably smoke.
Participants will need access to a laptop, perseverance and a love wild ideas.
The robot platform (based on the Donkey Car) and costs about $250 at the start. Don’t let that put you off, if it is too expensive we will work something out. Most important: Perseverance, and interest in AI and/or coding. And yes humor is going to be useful.
If you are already a member and attending another group, just let Kevin know first to check there is space.
Other useful information:
- You do need your own laptop (or lug in a PC).
- We are using the Whangarei Club in Rust Ave. This is across the road from the old Library. There is parking for dropping off to the left of the building.
- The name “Technohackers” was created by the members. “Techno” is short for technology while “hackers” is shorthand for those of us that create, make, and generally modify technology to solve problems. There is no negative connotation to the word in our context.
- We are supported by voluntary membership ($10/week) and a less voluntary token per session ($2). More information can be found on the Membership page.