SERVO Magazine - December 2009

Segway Inspired Balancing Robot Technology


Features

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Cerebot
by Fred Eady
Meet Digilent's 32-bit PIC32MX-based learning tool that will serve as a controller for things like your robot's servos. Plus, there's a ton of peripheral modules for things like joysticks, LCDs, LEDs, and switches, to name a few. Page 46

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Simulated Mars Mission with the GEARS-IDS Platform
by R. Gene Turchin
GEARS "heavy-duty erector sets on steroids" made for the pefect platform as part of an Engineering Challenge Day at the STEM Innovation Center. Page 54

Projects

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It’s About Time(ing)!

by Chuck Baird

Learn some different techniques using single and multiple virtual timers to fulfill a variety of robotic applications. Page 41

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A Robot and Its CheapBot-08 Controller - Part 2

by L. Paul Verhage

Now that you have the cutest small robot ever created, it's time to find out about its line follower, proximity detector, and some future designs. Page 58

Columns

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Robytes
Robytes | December 2009
Stimulating Robot Tidbits. Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Chiara - The Evolving Education-Research Robot
Chiara is a six-legged, arachnid/crab-like robot with a pincer arm that was born from the mind of Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dave Touretzky, along with PhD student Ethan Tira-Thompson and mechanical engineer/ product designer Gaku Sato. Page 10

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

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Robotics Resources
by Gordon McComb
Looking Ahead, Looking To You
This issue marks the seven year anniversary of Robotics Resources. After some 85 installments, we’ve covered everything from yapping ‘bots to lighting up your creations with glow wire, to being the ultimate cheapskate, finding the best deals wherever they happen to be. Page 62

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Beginner Electronics
by William Smith
Microcontroller Fundamentals
As this is my last column, I wanted to finish with a topic I think needs to be covered. Many of the programming books I’ve read over the years tend to skip over a major concern for the beginner, which is how a microcontroller works and how to interface other electronics to it. This final article will cover the fundamentals of working with a microcontroller. I’ll use on one of my favorites: the Atom Nano. Page 71

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Segway Inspires Balancing Robot Research
I normally jump right in, discussing the history and development of a particular type of robot and how that robot or the robot’s use has changed over the years. I’m going to digress away from my usual format and start with a technology and an individual who has changed robotics and the learning of robot science in a way that I personally feel no other individual has done before. Page 76

Combat Zone

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Szalor 2.0
in Combat Zone: Features
The first thing I did when building my Antweight robot Szalor, was establish a design. After I had a design, it was time Page 30

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Screws For You!
in Combat Zone: Features
For this month’s Parts Is Parts section, we dip once again into the bottomless well that is known as the RioBotz Combot Tutorial. Page 33

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Franklin Institute 2009
in Combat Zone: Events
The 2009 Franklin Institute Robot Conflict was held by NERC on October 4th in Philadelphia, PA. This was the third annual competition at the institute, with numerous robots competing in the one, three, 12, 30 lb, and Sportsman classes. Page 35

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Fighting Robots Invade Classic RC Raceways
in Combat Zone: Events
The Ohio Robotics Club (ORC) — a member of the Robot Fighting League (RFL) — held its tenth event, “House of Robotic Destruction Fall 2009” (HORD) at Classic RC Raceways in Akron, OH on September 19th 2009. Page 37

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Pyromancer
in Combat Zone: Robot Profile
Pyromancer has competed in Fall W.H.R.E 2006, Mechwars 10, Rotunda Rumble, Motorama 2007, ComBots Texas Cup, and RoboGames 2009. Page 38