If it's been your dream to meet an autonomous robot, well you're in luck. The next Hack Night, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, will feature a Turtlebot2.

If it’s been your dream to meet an autonomous robot, well you’re in luck. The next Hack Night, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, will feature a Turtlebot2.

From the Hack Night Invite:

(Turtlebot2) is an autonomous robot programmed with ROS, which uses a Microsoft Kinect as a “fake laser” (technically an RGB-D, “D” for distance, camera) to implement SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping).

SLAM is a fancy way of saying that Turtle2 can autonomously move from one place to another without running into things – even in unfamiliar environments. ROS takes ridiculously difficult mathematical algorithms and turns them into a language mere mortals can understand (C++ or Python) which can then run on a basic computer. With ROS, you can program Turtle2 to move across a room, avoid obstacles and position it centimeters from a given point, all with a couple of lines of code. It’s pretty amazing. If you’re remotely interested in robotics, come check it out.

Smartwaiver hosts Hack Night, and the monthly event usually attracts 30 to 60 people. Mark Silliman, the evening’s host, recommends that people RSVP, though it’s not required. The goal of Hack Night is to:

… bring together tech entrepreneurs (current or inspiring), devs of all languages, engineers, gamers, artists (graphics or other), UX / UI junkies, nerds, geeks, hackers (both software and hardware), folks interested in the “internet tubes” and playing with technology under one roof. Gatherings will be held once a month and anyone that fits the above criteria is invited.

There’s no structure, presentations or agenda. Just good conversation about the topic at hand, and perhaps some intense foosball. See the full invitation here. Then go get your robot on.

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of StartupBend.com, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in WSJ.com, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at kellykearsley.contently.com or kellykearsley.com.

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