SERVO Magazine - October 2009


Features

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Rockin’ Robot Style
by Joe Shearer
Former showbiz PIzza animatronic band members reunite in a "Rock-afire Explosion." Page 50

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Robotics Software Engineering - Part 2
by Fulvio Mastrogiovanni
Current trends in software development for robots are discussed. Page 60

Projects

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CCS Mechatronics

by Fred Eady

This time we'll take a look at the softer side of robot construction and write some basic machine control component code using Custom Computer Services' C compiler. Page 37

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Creepy Hyrbid - Part 2

by Alan Marconett

This time, we'll program the microcontroller and the servo controller board to complete this unique platform. Page 44

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Build a Building Block: A Dual Serial Motor Controller

by Martin Weiss

A serial interface will be used to facilitate commincation between the master and the motor controller, making this a great building block for a variety of applications. Page 54

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes | October 2009
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Adept Quattro Handles Solar Cells With Care
The Adept Quattro s650H is an industrial robot with four parallel arms mounted on a rotational body. The arms are extensions of four motors, one motor per appendage. These arms are a good fit for processing crystalline silicon wafers for solar cells as they produce more solar cells per hour than human employees do. Page 10

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto | October 2009
Your Problems Solved Here. Page 14

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Beginner Electronics
by William Smith
PICkit 1 Programmer
The PICkit 1 is a leaded design so you can see all the components that make up the programmer, so things can easily be fixed if something fails on the board. Page 67

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Robotics Resources
by Gordon McComb
Here Come the (Paper?) Robots!
At least once a month, I get email from a mom or grandparent asking for my advice about the best robot kit for their seven year old. Oh, and they don’t have much money to spend, so can the kit be under $20, and preferably under $10? Page 72

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Animal Strive to Match Humanoids in Realism
It didn’t take inventive designers and experimenters long to determine that creating realistic robot human beings was close to impossible. Page 76

Combat Zone

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Shaka
in Combat Zone: Features
In late 2007, I began the design and construction of my first combat robot over three pounds: a 30 pound featherweight. Page 26

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RioBotz Combot Tutorial summarized - Materials: Part 2
in Combat Zone: Features
Last month, SERVO summarized the first part of Chapter 3 — “Materials” — focusing on commonly used metals in combat bot building. This month, we switch focus to non-metals. Page 29

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Coloring Titanium
in Combat Zone: Features
A curiosity about titanium is that its surface can be colored without paints or pigments; just using Coke (or Pepsi) in a technique called electrolysis or anodizing. Page 33

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Gulf Coast Robotics Sports 2
in Combat Zone: Events
July 11th was the second Gulf Coast Robot Sports event at the Robot MarketPlace in Bradenton, FL. Fifteen robots showed up for a chance at one of the prizes, totaling over $150. Page 33

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Thoughts of a New EO
in Combat Zone: Features
So, you’ve been building robots for a while and now you want to put on an event. Sounds easy enough, in theory. Page 34

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Professor Chaos
in Combat Zone: Robot Profile
Professor Chaos has competed in: RoboGames 2008 and RoboGames 2009. Page 36

Departments

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Bots In Brief | October 2009
A Battery Of Balance, EyeBot Can See Y ou, 'Plane' And Simple UAV, Give Us A Hand, And More. Page 22