SERVO Magazine - September 2009

The Creepy Hybrid


Features

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Robotics Software Engineering
by Fulvio Mastrogiovanni
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. Page 46

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Creepy Hybrid: Part 1
by Alan Marconett
This unique “walking” robot combines wheels and legs to create a cost-effective platform. Page 51

Projects

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Pulse Width Modulation Goes Digital

by Bill Axsen

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. Page 34

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CCS Robotics

by Fred Eady

Custom Computer Services is now offering a robotics development kit ... see what’s all inside! Page 38

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes | September 2009
Stimulating Robot Tidbits. Page 08

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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. Page 10

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto | September 2009
Your Problems Solved Here. Page 13

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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. Page 58

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SERVO TankBot
by Ron Hackett
SERVO Tankbot | September 2009
Adding an LCD to Your TankBot. Page 67

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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. Page 72

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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. Page 77

Combat Zone

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Your Robot Assignment Is Due
in Combat Zone: Features
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. Page 24

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RioBotz Combat Tutorial: Materials
in Combat Zone: Features
Original Text by Professor Marco Antonio Meggiolaro; Summarized by Kevin M. Berry Page 26

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Bay Area Robot Flights
in Combat Zone: Events
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. Page 30

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Wheels For Drills
in Combat Zone: Features
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. Page 31

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The Big B
in Combat Zone: Robot Profile
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. Page 33

Departments

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Bots In Brief | September 2009
Ghost Rider? Attack Of The Hornworm. Don't Drink The Water. Moth Head Bot. Page 20