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We can use presentations for upcoming meetings, please see a list of ideas if you're willing but lacking a topic.


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We generally meet monthly for technical presentations (2nd Thursday of the month, 6 pm, RCTC), and monthly for socializing (varies). We no longer meet monthly for lunches, if you are interested in reviving this tradition please contact an officer.

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Technical Meeting: July 13th, 2017

Dennis DeLorme, giving a talk about Arduino programming. He has provided the following summary:

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I use Arduino based boards for various monitor and control projects. The Arduino has a variety of I/O functions (digital, analog, serial, spi, etc) but reasonable user interfaces are limited. Permanent storage options are also limited.

The Android has a nice graphical user interface and built in permanent storage. The external I/O is limited to USB, audio or wireless. There are on board sensors but they are limited, particularly on low end devices.

My thought was to combine the rich Arduino I/O with the Android GUI and storage. The use of the Android I/O is complex which can limit its use. I have found working examples for USB to serial and Blue Tooth interfaces. (I felt like I was back on the farm with a pitchfork sorting through the Internet sites to find a few pieces of usable code!) I will present a simple demonstration of connecting an Arduino and Android to control an LED and sense temperature. (Note: even low end Androids have a "temperature sensor" but it measures the CPU temperature.)

If you have an Android device with Blue Tooth, and are adventurous download Blue Serial by Plasty Grove from Google Play and bring it along. You can then do a demo of controlling my Arduino via Blue Tooth. This is the code I used as a base for my Blue Tooth interface. He (she?) has abandoned the project but gives the link to the source code in the "READ MORE" section. The source is for Eclipse but can be imported to Android Studio relatively painlessly.

--- File:http://k-lug.org/images/8/8e/AndroidInterface.pdf


6 pm, in or near RCTC Heintz Center's HA107.

Directions to Campus

Heintz Center Building Map

Anything else you want to see on the agenda? Let Tina know.

Social: Tuesday July 18th 2017

6 pm

Disc golf! Just up the road outside the RCTC field house. Meet at the parking lot edge / field house doors, 6:30 pm.



Social: Sunday August 6th, 2017

Ice cream social and kite flying!

12:30 pm

Location: That park by Steve Fox's house, officially known as Pine Ridge Estates Park, on Redwood Lane SW.

This park has a nice playground for the littles, picnic tables, and room to fly kites, as well as usually being unpopulated. The lack of trees and being on top of a hill mean it's pretty bug free even when there's not enough breeze to fly the kites.

Please bring your family and friends who might want to hang out. Bring your own kites. If you don't want to sit at the picnic tables or on the playground equipment, bring your own folding chair. And bring your own beverage. Tina will bring the ice cream.



Technical Meeting: August 10th, 2017

Kevin, with his annual DefCon report.


6 pm, in or near RCTC Heintz Center's HA107.

Directions to Campus

Heintz Center Building Map

Anything else you want to see on the agenda? Let Tina know.


Technical Meeting: September 14th, 2017

Speaker needed, please let Tina know if you're willing to volunteer. Willing to present but want to know what people have expressed interest in? Check out our requested topics page.


6 pm, in or near RCTC Heintz Center's HA107.

Directions to Campus

Heintz Center Building Map

Anything else you want to see on the agenda? Let Tina know.


Planned Social: September 2017, TBD

Ideas can be found here or invent your own. What would you like to do? Tell Tina.

July or August will be our ice cream social.



Technical Meeting: October 12th, 2017

Speaker needed, please let Tina know if you're willing to volunteer. Willing to present but want to know what people have expressed interest in? Check out our requested topics page.


6 pm, in or near RCTC Heintz Center's HA107.

Directions to Campus

Heintz Center Building Map

Anything else you want to see on the agenda? Let Tina know.


Planned Social: October 2017, TBD

Ideas can be found here or invent your own. What would you like to do? Tell Tina.

July or August will be our ice cream social.


Planned Social: Fall 2017

Vortex cannon! In an evening, so we can watch smoke rings more effectively too. Triggered by the spring Physics Force show, got any other fun child-safe physics experiment suggestions?


Pending potential presentations

[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1523379957/oculus-rift-step-into-the-game

Oculus Rift], "the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games" .  Peter Shabino

Jon Gullixson: gnucash or www :: Mechanize


Planned Socials: Fall or winter

-Murder mystery. The host needs to buy a kit at a gaming store to get the event started.

-Jim Henderson, "Silicon Valley" documentary

-Rock climbing at Prairie Walls

-Bowlocity laser tag. 5-6 people minimum needed.

-Liquid nitrogen ice cream. This needs a non-Tina organizer. Dennis DeLorme has 2 recipes. We need safety equipment and someone trained enough to keep us from freezing ourselves.

-MAME/foosball/ping pong at ... can't be Tim Massaro's anymore...

-February or July armchair mapping aka road rally event, http://home.earthlink.net/~oldmaltese/



Upcoming Meeting Crisis!

We need some meeting topics (& speakers) for 2017. We'd like to know what you want to see and hear about. Please email Tina with suggestions for topics. Should we run some previous sessions again (maybe something you really wanted to see but missed out on)? What type of topics are good, what type are bad? Also see this page for a list of suggested topics http://www.k-lug.org/Meetings


Old News Items

See the OldNews page.



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