SERVO Magazine - October 2010

Serve’n It Up! Vietnam And UAE Jump Into The Biped Game


Features

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The NXT Big Thing #3
by Greg Intermaggio
See the light! Learn about the light sensor that many NXT enthusiasts argue is the single most versatile sensor in the kit. Page 52

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More Room for Your Robot Stuff
by Fred Eady
One never visualizes hard drives and microcontrollers in the same thought process. About 10 B.M.C. (Before MicroSD Card), relatively large capacity hard drives and Intel microprocessors were the norm. These days, the MicroSD card has brought the storage capacity of yesteryear's hard drives to the microcontroller bus. Today's microcontroller can control as much data storage in the space of a couple of quarters as the first personal computers could with a full-sized hard drive. Page 58

Projects

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HoverBot: Look Ma, No Wheels!

by Paul Verhage

This month, you’ll “dress” HoverBot in a skirt and add its drive fans. Page 44

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VEX Stepper Motor Control Experiments

by Daniel Ramirez

Learn how to interface stepper motors to the VEX controller and adapt them to the VEX motion subsystem to use in your own stepper motor applications. Page 68

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Baton-Wielding Bots Command and Control Orchestrated Wonders!
The College of New Jersey in Ewing received an award of $359,477 in March ‘09 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Conducting Robots class for three years. The class brings together students from four disciplines — Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Interactive Multimedia, and Music — to design, build, and program robots capable of conducting orchestras. Page 10

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
From Garco to the New Bots in Town
I still receive comments about many of the old robots that I wrote about years ago and I am always asked to write about some cool robot from the past that a reader has heard about. Garco, from 1953, has been one of the most requested robots people have wanted some information about, as well as the REEM series of robots that I briefly mentioned in the May ‘10 issue of SERVO. Page 10

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

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Zergling
in Combat Zone: Features
Back in February, I decided that I was going to build drums for the PA Bot Blast, Horizontals for Franklin, and VDs for Moto. Page 26

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MANUFACTURING: Composites – Part 2
in Combat Zone: Features
In this month’s article, I will cover a very basic lay-up process, the tools you need, and the safety precautions to take. Page 29

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COMBAT ZONE’S GREATEST HITS
in Combat Zone: Features
Pete Smith, of KitBots fame, sent in this one from the recent “Clash of the Bots” event. Pure Dead Brilliant, whose blade was featured in the August ‘10 edition of Combat Zone, took a bit of a beating at the “hands” of MH2. Page 32

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PARTS IS PARTS: O-Ring Wheels for Ants
in Combat Zone: Features
Antweight (<1lb) combat robots use a variety of different drive motors and finding small, light, and robust wheels for them can be a problem. Page 33

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Life Cycle of a Fighting Robot
in Combat Zone: Features
Apollyon started as a concept for a simple but somewhat unique 12 lb wedge bot. The original design started as a sketch in a notebook during class. Later, it moved into 3D in the CAD program Rhinoceros. Page 35

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EVENT REPORT: Robotic HORD Returns to Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
in Combat Zone: Events
The Ohio Robotics Club (ORC) — a member of the Robot Fighting League (RFL) hosted the House of Robotic Destruction (HORD) Spring 2010 at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (CVCC) back in May of this year. Page 38

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EVENT REPORT: PA Bot Blast 2010
in Combat Zone: Events
July 17, 2010 fighting robots in four weight classes invaded the Columbia Mall in Bloomsburg, PA for the third annual PA Bot Blast. Page 41