February 2010

Servo Magazine

notBob ROV Robot Takes On The NURC

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The Bioloid Premium Kit

Learn the details of ROBOTIS’ latest offering in the humanoid league.

The Typewriter Repairmen 2009 NURC ROV: notBob

Follow this family team’s build of a submersible robot that captured the overall winner award at the 2009 NURC competition.

Building Robot Parts with a CNC Laser

A CNC laser is a powerful and highly versatile tool. Learn some of the advantages, disadvantages, and basic techniques to have this machine build your machine.

Teach Your Old RoboScout Some New Scripts

See how using an optional PC interface can let your robot learn some dif ferent tricks.


The CheapBot Smart Proximity Detector

This proximity detector incorporates a PIXAXE-08M so that it takes care of detecting obstacles and leaves the driving to the robot controller.

The ?OLED-128

High-quality color graphics for your mechatronic creation are just a serial port away. Microchip’s new P32MX microcontrollers have six serial ports to choose from. This month we’ll use one of them to drive a 4D Labs ?OLED-128-G1 Display Module.

The Cassette Bot

Remember VHS cassette tapes? Well, now you can turn them into robots!

Base on a Budget

Get a useable robot platform up and running with only a minimal budget.


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by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tibits. Page 08

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by David Geer
Artificial Intelligence Brings Humanoid Robots to Life (Part Deux)
It is not so much the practicality of humanoid robots that drives interest in their development as it is the familiarity, sources say. “People are interested in things that are anthropomorphic. This makes interaction with [humanoid] robots easier,” says James J. Kuffner, PhD, associate professor of the Robotics Institute at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. Page 10

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

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
A Brief Look at Service Robots
Let’s look at the service category, which can include sub-categories of personal and consumer robots (toys, vacuum cleaner robots, etc.), military and defense robots, security robots, academic and research robots, healthcare and hospital robots, and a vast array of remotely-operated vehicles. Page 79