SERVO Magazine - March 2010

Move Over Robo! There’s A New Bot In Town!


Features

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From Brazil to San Francisco - Our Incredible RoboGames Experience
by Marco Meggiolaro
Brazilian combat robotics have never been the same for Team RioBotz, after they became acquainted with RoboGames in 2005. Page 36

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Explore the New ZervoG Technology to Go RoboWireless
by Fred Eady
Now your grazing piece of iron can let you know if its battery voltage is low or you can use it as a roving interactive Web server. Page 42

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Get Ready for RoboGames 2010!
by Evan Ackerman
Get inspired from 2009's event coverage. Page 58

Projects

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Using a VEX Controller for Electronic Experiments

by Daniel Ramirez

In this series of articles, you will perform simple experiments initially, then build to more elaborate VEX Projects. Page 48

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GPS Navigation - Part 1

by Chris Savage

Give your bot some good direction so it can travel great distances with very little extra hardware. Page 54

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
The Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Programmable Robot
With seven motors, a microprocessor, and multiple sensors, your favorite Space Ranger is no slouch among modern, commercially available robots. 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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An Introduction to Robotics
by Brennon Williams
An Introduction to Robotics
This new series of articles is aimed at the beginner — especially the teenager crowd — to help them better understand the fundamentals of robotics and engineering. This month, a few microcontrollers good for robotics are discussed. Page 63

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Pavlov’s Bots
The Roboni-i aims to revolutionize the electronics entertainment industry with its unique blend of a personality filled robot, structured game play, and an online world. Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
A Closer Look at Personal Service Robots
This recession has hit all industries very hard and the robotics industry as a whole has felt the brunt of it, especially the service robot segment. Page 76

Combat Zone

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Hot Stuff Heats Up ComBots Cup!
in Combat Zone: Features
In my opinion, the only thing more fun to watch than two robots fighting it out in a bulletproof arena is watching two robots with a lot of animation battle it out. Page 26

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Pattern Routing of Plastic Parts
in Combat Zone: Features
The easy way to do these parts is to have them watercut by a company like Team Whyachi (www.teamwhyachi.com), but if you need parts quickly and your time is cheap, then with a little careful design you can route the same parts using just a router and a pattern. Page 29

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Pattern Routing of Plastic Parts
in Combat Zone: Features
The easy way to do these parts is to have them watercut by a company like Team Whyachi (www.teamwhyachi.com), but if you need parts quickly and your time is cheap, then with a little careful design you can route the same parts using just a router and a pattern. Page 29

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Lipo Puffometer
in Combat Zone: Features
Lithium polymer batteries are increasingly popular in robots. In combat bots, they are often abused to the point of failure with expensive and dangerous results. Page 31

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The ComBots Cup 2009
in Combat Zone: Events
Over the weekend of December 19-20, 2009, the ComBots Cup event was held in San Mateo, CA where combat robots ranging from one pound up to 220 pounds competed for honor and glory. Page 32

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Outside the Box
in Combat Zone: Features
Project Zoidberg was conceived when a motor delivery for one of our other robots arrived at my teammate’s house, containing a surprising ‘extra’ component. The sender had accidentally packed a pair of Team Delta18V Dewalt ‘power drive’ gear motors. These powerful, drill-based units looked too nice to send back, so a deal was arranged. Page 34