SERVO Magazine - September 2010

Hover Bots! Wheels? We Don’t Need No Stinking Wheels!!


Features

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Tool Time With the Versapak Smart Charger
by Richard Spelling
Whether you have Versapak tools or not, this circuit can be used to charge any NiCd or NiMH battery pack and can restore what you may have thought was lost (battery wise, that is). Page 47

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“Roll” With the HoverBot
by L. Paul Verhage
Wheels? We don’t need no stinking wheels with this unique bot that’s lighter than air. Page 59

Projects

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The NXT Big Thing #2

by Greg Intermaggio

This time we get touchy-feely by first learning how the computer software included in the kit works. Then, we’ll use our first sensor to navigate our robot around a room. Page 40

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The Wasp Embedded Processor Takes the Sting Out of C

by Fred Eady

If you’re already a C expert, you’ll be interested in the hardware discussed here. If you’re a hardware guru and want to know more about how C and an AVR microcontroller can work together for your robotic projects, there’s something for you too. Page 52

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Titan, Baddest Guitar Hero Playing Humanoid on the Planet
A high school robotics team is tasked to solve complex programming and design problems in robotics to achieve a worthwhile goal for their age group in popular culture. Their resolution: a humanoid robot that effectively competes in a significantly high percentile in the Guitar Hero video game, defeating most opponents. Page 11

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

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
13 Years Under the Sea
In 2010, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office for Naval Research (ONR) held their 13th annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Competition (now rebranded as the RoboSub Competition). Page 67

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Manipulators
One of the most famous robot manipulators in use today is the RMS or Remote Manipulator System used on the Space Shuttle. Page 77

Combat Zone

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PARTS IS PARTS: Let’s Roll — Wheels for Combat Robots
in Combat Zone: Features
It does not matter how powerful your robot is, if you cannot transfer that power to the floor. Wheels are the single most important part of your robot because without them doing their job properly, the effectiveness of every other capability is reduced. Page 32

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MANUFACTURING: Creating Composite Combat Bots
in Combat Zone: Features
The world of plastics and composites is considered a space age science, yet the industry started in the 1930s. Over the years, the composite industry has evolved and so has the amount of information. Page 35

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Combat Zone’s Greatest Hits
in Combat Zone: Features
Dalton O’Conner of Team Massacre Robotics sent in this one. The bot is Sonic the Hedgehog from the 12 lb class. Page 38