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OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: THANK YOU FROM THE STAFF!
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:11:01 AM »
 
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The Unofficial Propeller Expo NE, becomes "The Propellerpowered Expo!"

While the name and location have changed, the expo focus is still the same; your Propeller projects!
Bring your Propeller projects, robots, excitement, and join like minds as we share all things Propeller!

We'll be meeting at The Greene Center, a facility which provides us a gym, conference room, and kitchen area.
The new facility is perfect for our current group with plenty of room for growth in the future.

All of the things you love about the UPENE expos are part of this event:  Raffles, prizes, vendors, freebies, and Propellers.

Since the focus of the Propellerpowered Expo is your projects, we STRONGLY encourage you to bring your projects, both finished and in progress.   Show of your project in our presentation area.  (Professional speaking skills NOT required!) :)

Expo hours are 9:00am - 8:00pm with a fee of $20.00 per person, $25.00 per family. Lunch and drinks will be provided.

Just Added!  6/24/13
Bring your robot and be entered in a "Best of Show" contest voted by attendees!
 
Prize: Boe Bot Kit, Line Following Kit, and Propeller Activity Board w/I/O Shield - donated by Parallax and Propellerpowered!

Just Added! 7/13/13
Bring and show off your Propeller project (non robotics) and be entered in a "Best of Show" contest voted by the attendees!
Prize: Propeller Professional Development Board - donated by Parallax!

Just Added! 6/27/13
Bring your SumoBot for our Sumo Contest!  First, second & third place prizes will be awarded!
: Details & Rules
* 1st place prize: Parallax S2 Robot Kit - Donated by Parallax, Inc.
* 2nd place prize: EMIC2 Text to Speech Module  - Donated by Parallax, Inc.
* 3rd place prize:  Deluxe Experimenter's Pack - Donated by Granz Consulting

Just Added 6/27/13
Can your robot walk a straight line?  First, second, & third prizes will be awarded in our line following contest!
: Details & Rules
* 1st place prize: Sumo Bot Kit - Donated by Parallax Inc.
* 2nd place prize: EMIC2 Text to Speech Module - Donated by Parallax Inc.
* 3rd place prize: Deluxe Experimenter's Pack - Donated by Granz Consulting


A "meet and greet" meeting will be hosted the night before at Roadway, Inn.

----------------------  Motel/Hotel Information:

**** Roadway Inn ****
2055 E.Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH, US, 44691
Phone: (330) 262-5008 "call direct"
Until 2 weeks prior
$71.99+tax
CODE: PROPELLERPOWERED

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**** SUPER 8 WOOSTER
US 30 Madison Ave Exit, 969 Timken Road, Wooster, OH 44691 US
1-330-264-6211

2 beds $69.95
1 bed $64.95

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**** Hilton Garden Inn Wooster
CODE: PROPELLERPOWERED
$119.00 + tax
1 - king or 2 - queen
up to 30 days before the event
959 Dover Road, Wooster, Ohio, 44691, USA
330-202-7701


http://www.propellerpowered.com/expo
« Last Edit: September 08, 2013, 01:53:35 PM by Oldbitcollector »

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 08:29:59 AM »
--- chatter begins here ---

Because this event is closer to us, we have more control over local advertising and promotion of this event.   We have several technologies companies in the tri-county area helping us get the word out on this event.   This means that we will have more people who may get their first look at the Propeller and perhaps the entire microcontroller hobby from your projects.

It is extremely important to us that you bring those things you are excited about and are working on.

Who's coming?? :)

Jeff
« Last Edit: June 06, 2013, 08:35:13 AM by Oldbitcollector »

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 06:43:58 AM »
I plan to bring my scale model Grand Haven Musical Fountain www.pageradio.com/fountain.


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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 08:58:59 AM »
I'm planning on being there! Glad I found this discussion location, I did a search on the Parallax site and didn't get anything other than last years gathering.

I'll be bringing my BIG hexapod to this one. It will be done mechanically but I won't have all the electronics done by that time so it will be more of a static display for now

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 03:53:28 PM »
Anyone interested in a robot contest?  I'm thinking of bringing in some kind of a contest "rink"; perhaps a table-top contest (there-and-back? don't-fall? gather-the-blocks?), or maybe we can bring a micro (or mini) sumo rink.

Anyone have any thoughts on what kind of contest(s) they would like to see?

Granzeier Consulting can put up some products as prizes (and maybe some things from my development cabinets.  If anyone else has some prizes to offer, this could be pretty nice.

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2013, 03:36:29 PM »
Let's do this!   Granz, do you mind being in charge of this project?   I've also got a boatload of stuff coming for prizes, etc.

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2013, 10:35:15 AM »
Count me in. I may also be bringing a few more people. :-)

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2013, 01:00:40 PM »
Let's do this!   Granz, do you mind being in charge of this project?   I've also got a boatload of stuff coming for prizes, etc.

Jeff

NP - I will post rules within the next few days.

BTW, OBC, what types of tables do we have at the new place?  Are they the old wooden-top tables, the newer white plastic ones, or what?

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2013, 03:17:09 PM »
We have 6 foot plastic folding tables we'll be using for projects, etc (as before)

We also have access to several circular plastic tables (5 or 6 foot sized, I can go and measure if needed)

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2013, 09:11:21 AM »
Sounds like a great venue.  It's a lot further away for me though.  Not sure if I'll be able to make the trek out or not this year.

Looks like the nearest airport is Wayne County/KBJJ.  Anyone have contacts there as to how easy it would be to get a rental car there?

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2013, 11:10:09 AM »
I'd recommend flying in at Akron/Canton Airport.  (CAK)   IIUC, Wayne County/KBJJ. is used for small, non commercial flights. (Local companies use this strip for their private jets.)    CAK is one of the friendliest and quickest airports to get through and their are car rental services available.

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2013, 11:22:32 AM »
Box of Goodies for the expo just arrived from Parallax!!

Thank you Ken, Lauren, and Jim!


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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2013, 11:57:38 AM »
Man, it may be closer to some, but not the big Michigan contingent!
It is now over an hour further away for US, making it a 7 hour round trip!

I've started a thread on the MiRC (formerly YAAARC) forum to see who can make it.

Note that our club has been there in force (4-10 people typical) with
a number of displays since the very first UPENE event   Some of our
prior displays - the Robot Army, Cheap Bots, DIY wheels et al for Parallax
motors, Spindle Bots, the Trashcan Bot, Cheap Sensors & connectors,
Jeepbots, etc.

But as this event is now about 7 hours of driving for us, I'm not sure
yet who among us (or even if ANY of us) can do it, let alone what
we'll be able to bring this year.

Yes, I know that no matter where you put it, it will be further for someone,
but I'd like to strongly suggest you consider holding it somewhere in
or near Toledo OH next year.  That is near a lot of major expressways,
and is MUCH easier for all of the Michigan contingent to attend. 
(If you can do that, we'll promise to bring a LOT of stuff next year!)

CLUB UPDATE - 

Roomba Bots - This year many in the club have been hacking old Roomba
floor cleaners into Roomba Bots.

MiRC Arena - We also have the cheap to make MiRC Arena ready to go,
with our first game: "Golf Cleanup"!   

The MiRC Arena is a collapsible 12'x6'  two-by-fours-on-edge floor
frame, that can be easily re-configured for various games.  Made
for less than $30, the 2x4s are connected with recycled hinges and
simple straps.  It quickly sets up in minutes, and breaks down into a
stack of 6' "sticks", which most cars can handle.
For the Golf Cleanup game, we simply fill the center with 51 Golf balls, and add
a pair of 3/8" high x 2" wide x 6' trim strip "goal lines" at 18" from each long end.
(Home Depot "WM 982 Mullion" - <$1/foot, it gives a simple cheap ramp
that BOEBOTs and other bots can easily climb or push balls over):
http://www.homedepot.com/p/WM-982-3-8-in-x-2-in-Solid-Pine-Mullion-Moulding-0W982-200RLC/100067045

Golf Cleanup is intended to be played on any flat carpeted surface,
without any risk of damage to the carpeting.

To promote future Autonomous challenges, the perimeter 2x4s-on-edge
are painted a bright white.  Goal lines or Field Object colors are normally
one or more of: bright gloss Red, Yellow, Blue, or Green. (For Gold Cleanup,
we normally run Red and Green - easy to see with cameras.)   
I am writing up an article on making the MiRC Arena for the mags,
which will include paint color can codes, et al.

For future games - Multiple Arenas may be combined for larger events,
or unusual geometries (pentagon, hex, cross, etc).

Gack to Golf Cleanup...

Golf Cleanup ROBOT BUILD - Simply make any 1'x1' max starting size
you-control robot (RC, IR, tether, etc.). Its "deployed" max size is 2'x2'. 
You may hack an RC toy by taping on a simple scoop, and that qualifies. 
(IOW, given any tabletop sized robot, this should be a 1-night project!
Ex: Duct taping a push bumper onto a BoeBot qualifies!)
Note: Scoops/shovels MUST have ~1/2" min clearance to the floor
at all times, so they won't scrape or damage the goal lines, or
the site's carpeting!  (IOW, NO "floor scrapers" allowed!)

GOAL: Simply clear more balls into your end zone than your opponent. 
If running solo, clear the center field into one endzone for time. 
(Best time for the day wins.)  No raiding the opponent's endzone for scored balls,
but displacing an opponent or raiding their scoop while they are pushing
balls is fair game.  Max balls carried internally in your robot at any time = 10 balls.
(IOW, no "vacuum cleaner" bots stealing them all, and THEN scoring them! :-)
Game ends in 5min, or as soon as the center is cleared.  Easy Breezy...

We can run any "class" we wish - Ex: 1'x1' (eg BOEBOT scale) class,
Roomba class (14-24" dia), RC/Tethered, Autonomous, Team Play
(2 vs 2 et al) or even Walkers. 

Back to the event itself - I can't promise the Arena this year... Due to
distance this time around I'm not sure WHAT we can haul there. 
I was originally shooting for bringing the MiRC Arena and hosting
the above "contest" at this event (maybe even for prizes), but that
may not be possible this time around.

I'll let the forum know what the club decides to do, and what we expect
to bring..

- Keith Mc.  MiRC Michigan Robot Club - SE Michigan

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2013, 01:31:42 PM »
Thanks for the update on all you guys are doing north of us!! 

The move to Orrville was not one that we made lightly.   UPENE has become a private event hosted by Propellerpowered.    In the past, we have had a lot of corporate sponsorships which are not available to us to help us fund the expenses of this show.   Our new location is within budget of our group given that money raised by door fees, etc will be going to pay for the event.

Hopefully we'll see a Michigan contingent in spite of added an extra an extra hour and 20 minutes to your trip in.

BTW,  you forgot to post your club's URL so that folks can check out what you guys are doing in detail!

http://wiki.mirobotclub.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

Jeff

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Re: OFFICIAL PROPELLERPOWERED EXPO: August 17th
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2013, 03:02:34 PM »
Turns out I may not be able to attend after all. I have two other major things going on that weekend. :-( I really look forward to these Expos.