December 2010

Servo Magazine

Building The Arduino ArdBot

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Features

Rate the eM8 — Part 2

You can’t build robot smarts if you can’t speak the language. Or, in this case, speak the languages. We’re about to continue our port of the eM8 assembler application to CCS C.


Propelled by the Propeller Chip

This article is an excellent demonstration for how the parallel processing abilities of the Propeller chip from Parallax can be utilized in conjunction with RobotBASIC to achieve robotics projects that involve diverse and multifaceted elements that require simultaneous use of numerous microcontrollers along with a PC.



Projects

The NXT Big Thing #5

Things get light-hearted as we learn about dynamic variables by making Eddie seek light.


Making Robots With the Arduino — Part 2

Now that you’ve been introduced to ArdBot and its central Arduino brain, it’s time to construct the base.


VEX Stepper Motor Control Experiments

Part 2: Building the VEX Sunbot. Using simple VEX hardware with some PIC18 C firmware, precise and repeatable movements are possible for aiming a solar panel at the sun using stepper motors.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits

GeerHead
by David Geer
Robots Clean Oil Spills, Climb and Crawl Anywhere
Seaswarm robots and snake robots have been created to service many types of terrains and environments. Between them, they greatly improve the quality of work that robots can perform, cleaning and maintaining a variety of environments.

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

Departments

Robots: From Industrial to Some Amazing Capabilities
by Tom Carroll
Besides some independently-built creative robots in university labs that exhibited ‘animalistic’ properties, most early robot products were of the industrial variety.