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September 2009

Servo Magazine


Features

Robotics Software Engineering

Get an introduction to the benefits of software engineering for robots, particularly the best practices in the development stages and specifically in complex robotic systems.


Creepy Hybrid: Part 1

This unique “walking” robot combines wheels and legs to create a cost-effective platform.



Projects

Pulse Width Modulation Goes Digital

With this circuit, you can control the speed of a motor with a computer, connect a sensor array to track a light source, or just control speed without a variable transformer.


CCS Robotics

Custom Computer Services is now offering a robotics development kit ... see what’s all inside!



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes | September 2009
Stimulating Robot Tidbits.

GeerHead
by David Geer
The Draganflyer X6 UAV Copter
The Draganflyer X6 UAV is the lightest, most maneuverable unmanned miniature helicopter for its price, specially produced for the rigors of commercial applications inside and outside the military.

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto | September 2009
Your Problems Solved Here.

Twin Tweaks
by Evan Woolley, Bryce Woolley
Are You Ready To iARoC?
This year, we were once again brought back to the Del Mar Fairgrounds by the incomparable allure of a robotics competition, though this time we were only spectators. Yes, 2009 witnessed the second annual iARoC event — the International Autonomous Robotics Competition.

SERVO TankBot
by Ron Hackett
SERVO Tankbot | September 2009
Adding an LCD to Your TankBot.

Robotics Resources
by Gordon McComb
Simple Brains - Going Back To The Basics
Microcontrollers like the BASIC STAMP, BasicX, Arduino, AVR, PIC, and all the others make short work of just about any robotics task.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles
The name ‘Remotely Operated Vehicles’ can really apply to any vehicle that is controlled from a distance, which can include law enforcement robots, military robots, aerial vehicles, combat robots, and even remotely-controlled boats and planes.




Combat Zone

Your Robot Assignment Is Due

You never really think of robot building and school work as similar, but you may be surprised. Consider this: Homework is given and the due date is established; a competition task is given and the competition date is listed. You the builder are like the student; wanting to do well but a victim to the evils of circumstance.


RioBotz Combat Tutorial: Materials

Original Text by Professor Marco Antonio Meggiolaro; Summarized by Kevin M. Berry


Bay Area Robot Flights

MetroCon is an Anime Convention that is held annually in Tampa, FL. This was the seventh annual year that MetroCon has been held, and it is the largest Anime Festival in the state of Florida.


Wheels For Drills

Iwrote an article for the November ‘06 issue of SERVO that outlined how to convert the motors and gearboxes from cheap cordless drills for use as the drivetrain in smaller combat robots.


The Big B

The Big B has competed in: BattleBots 4.0, BattleBots 5.0, Steel Conflict 2, RoboGames 2005, February Fun Fest, RoboGames 2006, ComBots Cup II, RoboGames 2007, ComBots Cup III, RoboGames 2008, ComBots Texas Cup, and RoboGames 2009.


Departments

Bots In Brief | September 2009

Ghost Rider? Attack Of The Hornworm. Don't Drink The Water. Moth Head Bot.