SERVO Magazine - November 2010

Dancing Bots! So You Think Your Bot Can Boogie?


Features

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GoPHR — An Inexpensive Prototype Platform for General- Purpose Household Robotics
by Alan Federman
The idea behind this homebrew build is to develop an open source hardware platform capable of performing useful household tasks, plus be expandable. Page 42

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Rate the eM8
by Fred Eady
Microcontrollers aren’t always the most clever electronic components in a robotic design. In the case of the eM8, the abundance of basic circuitry consisting of some common CMOS latches, decoders, and multiplexers complete the design. Page 51

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Making Robots With the Arduino — Part 1
by Gordon McComb
It just makes sense to look at ways to leverage the popular Arduino development board for use in robotics, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. We’ll start with some basics and introduce ArdBot — the robot base we’ll be working with. Page 56

Projects

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The NXT Big Thing #4

by Greg Intermaggio

A feast for the sensors! This time, learn how to use two light sensors to accurately follow a line in any direction. Page 36

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HoverBot: You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Loose Wheel!

by L. Paul Verhage

This time, we wrap up our HoverBot project with an explanation of the drive electronics. Page 46

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
University of Akron Competition Robot Roundup
Events such as RoboGames attract bright minds and hungry competitors from across the country.The University of Akron’s student roboticists were well prepared with well-designed, efficient, and intelligent mobile robots. 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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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
So You Think You Can Dance?
his month, we have the pleasure of presenting the KT-X Bipedal Humanoid Robot from KumoTek. KumoTek is a Texas-based robotics company with products ranging from building inspection robots to hobbyist kits. Page 68

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Cars
The idea of robot cars has been around for many decades and, in fact, “automatic mobility” vehicles were envisioned from the very first automobile, though total autonomy as we know it today was not possible at the time. There have been many unique robotic developments that have been employed in various personal transportation devices. Science fiction movies and TV productions have long used robot cars in their sets, and most depictions are a bit off in their technology. Page 75

Combat Zone

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PARTS IS PARTS: TAIG Tools Desktop CNC Mills
in Combat Zone: Features
On the ever interesting Robot Fighting League forum, I ran across this spontaneous product review. It meets my criteria for this column, which is “builder tested.” I am a firm believer that all product reviews should be after they’ve been “in the box." Page 28

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MANUFACTURING: RioBotz Combot Tutorial Summarized – Tooth Design
in Combat Zone: Features
Original Text by Professor Marco Antonio Meggiolaro; Summarized by Kevin M. Berry Page 29

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EVENT REPORT: Clash of the Bots — Schiele Museum 2010
in Combat Zone: Events
Walk in the front door of the Schiele Museum (www.schielemuseum.org) in Gastonia, NC and the first thing you see is a full size replica of the skeleton of a T-Rex! Page 33