SERVO Magazine - August 2010

5 Demo Platforms Built Using LabView Robotics from National Instruments.


Features

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The Evolution of Ethel
by Steven Nelson
This enthusiastic bot builder chronicles his robot’s journey from a pile of parts to a well-dressed automaton. Page 40

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The NXT Big Thing
by Greg Intermaggio
Time to break out that LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit! We’ll start with a basic build following step-by-step instructions and then in future articles, we’ll create some very unique projects utilizing things like Bluetooth and additional sensors. Page 56

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Getting Down to Some Basics of Using C
by Fred Eady
Mechanically-inclined roboteers tend to gravitate towards the hardware side of things for solutions. However, they’ll soon C the beauty of having the tool of programming in their arsenal. Page 67

Projects

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Using a VEX Controller for Electronic Experiments

by Daniel Ramirez

This next installment shows you how to develop a user interface for the VEX microcontroller using a DIY LCD display and a numeric keypad. Page 48

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
National Instruments Robot Platforms
National Instruments LabVIEW graphical programming combined with powerful embedded hardware such as the NI Single-Board RIO enable engineers and scientists to develop sophisticated autonomous systems and is used extensively in robot creation for a variety of applications. Page 10

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

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Applications
Robots have come a long way since the first industrial robots of the early ’60s. Page 77

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Bigger Better Beetle Blade
in Combat Zone: Features
The first blade I had created for our 3 lb beetleweight, Pure Dead Brilliant, had been done in a big hurry to meet weight for its first competition. Page 28

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MANUFACTURING: Modifying NPC Drive Motors for Combat
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National Power Chair (or NPC) has been in business for many years, rebuilding and selling electric wheelchair motors and parts to individuals and wheelchair repair facilities throughout the country. Page 32

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PARTS IS PARTS: Bantam E-Station BC8HP Charger Review
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The BC8HP charger is an update to Bantam’s already popular BC8 model. In short, Bantam has kept all the good features, increased the power rating, and improved the ergonomics. Page 36

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Combat Zone’s Greatest Hits
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Ray Billings sent in this great selection of damage shots. All of these are results of fights against his HW Last Rites. Page 38