Steven Nelson

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Pete and Tony — The Talking Heads

September 2016, Page 37

Wouldn’t it be cool to have real robots that listen to and talk to us just like they do in the movies?

Beer2D2 — A Robot in a Can

August 2015, Page 45

A chronicle of how an old lager was reborn as a loyal friend and show companion.

Unwrapping a daVinci 3D Printer

March 2015, Page 42

Robotics is well known for its camaraderie among competitors. Here’s a story of how that friendship led to the acquisition of a 3D printer.

e-NABLE’s Open Source 3D Printed Hand

December 2014, Page 67

Building robots isn’t always about fun and games. There’s a lot of humanitarian projects that can be developed. Take, for example, the Raptor hand that is bringing functionality and joy to all kinds of folks.

Cal Alveras — the Making of a New Friend

August 2014, Page 53

As projects often go, one simple idea can lead down unexpected paths. See how the Microsoft Kinect sensor, a book, and a stuffed animal led to the creation of this boney beast.

Bran Dee’s Bar — A Drink Making Robot

February 2014, Page 44

Follow the journey of a pile of parts and inspiration to a drink serving Barbot.

Team Kiss My Snake Tears It Up With a Barbie Jeep

October 2013, Page 38

When combat roboticists are in the off-season, they take some of that technology and build race cars. Find out what happened when Team KISS Robotics and Team Plumb Crazy joined forces at a recent event.

BarBot 2013 Serves Up Some Intoxicating Entries
July 2013, Page 58

Building a beverage-serving bot takes a fair amount of time and money. Learn how some of the entries came up with their creations for this popular annual event.

Book Review The Arduino Cookbook

December 2011, Page 54

I would rank it five out of five stars for a reference book.

The Safe Use of Lithium Polymer or Lithium-Ion Batteries in a Combat Robot

January 2011, Page 27

I recently got back from COMBOTS 5 where I was the arena wrangler. Basically, my job was to provide safety and also train several new wranglers in the procedures used in running an event. A wrangler’s job is not an easy one.

The Evolution of Ethel

August 2010, Page 40

This enthusiastic bot builder chronicles his robot’s journey from a pile of parts to a well-dressed automaton.