SERVO Magazine - January 2010

Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs


Features

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Tips for Selecting DC Motors for Your Mobile Robot
by A. J. Neal
When building a mobile robot, selecting the drive motors is one of the most important decisions you will make. Page 33

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Optics for Your Robot Using a Webcam
by Mike Keesling
Learn some basics about lenses, light, and color to get your started using machine vision. Page 38

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From Autonomy to Symbiosis: Some Thoughts on the Complexities of Networked Robots
by Fulvio Mastrogiovanni
Certain actions are much easier for humans than robots, so, how will they ever make it to the workplace with us? Page 42

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Self Similar Optimization
by Sean O’Connor
This new coding idea will change how you design and optimize robots. Page 52

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Hacker Dojos offer Collaboration Opps for Robot Hobbyists
by Jeremy Kerfs
Developer communities help everyone. See what came our of the recent "Random Hacks of Kindness" event at a Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA. Page 60

Projects

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Digilent’s Robot Starter Kit

by Fred Eady

Once we sort through this new kit, we'll get a joystick, three momentary pushbuttons, and a pair of LEDs up and running. Page 46

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Simple Sensor Interface

by The CHIPAXE Team

See how to implement this new chip on the block into some extremely simple and low cost sensor applications. Page 55

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits. Page 09

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Artificial Intelligence Brings Humanoid Robots to Life
Researchers have a variety of goals for artificial intelligence. Some scientists are examining human biology together with artificial intelligence in an effort to create robots that are as humanlike as possible. Still others examine AI from an engineering perspective, begging the question, what can robots be enabled to do? Page 12

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto
Your Problems Solved Here. Page 15

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
The Future of Robotics Competitions
There have been interesting threads on the Seattle Robotics Society’s (SRS), the Portland Area Robotics Society’s (PARTS), and the Dallas Personal Robotics Group’s (DPRG) websites lately concerning the state of experimental and home-brew robotics, and the many types of competitions available to amateur robot builders. Page 77

Combat Zone

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My First Welder (or not?)
in Combat Zone: Features
Most bot builders, at some time, think about buying a welding system. There are dozens of choices out there, each with their own jargon, culture, and opinions (think Ford vs. Chevy!). Page 28

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Debugging Welding Problems
in Combat Zone: Features
The poster has some very old welding experience, from 15 years ago. He just bought a battered old arc welder, 220V AC, with no DC conversion unit. Page 29

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No Gain Without Pain - Franklin Institute 2009
in Combat Zone: Events
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA (www2.fi.edu) holds their “World Space Week” each autumn and hosted the Northeast Robotics Club’s (www .nerc.us) big autumn competition on Saturday, October 3rd. Page 31