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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




Combat Zone

PARTS IS PARTS: Fingertech Tiny ESC v2 Review

Just a few weeks back, Fingertech Robotics released the upgraded version of their popular TinyESC single channel speed controller. I was one of the first to have a chance to try out this new piece of hardware in the arena, and my experience so far has been nothing but positive.


MANUFACTURING: Calculating Bolt Torques

Sparks fly as the two robots smash into each other again. Sweat drips down your forehead as you prepare for another charge across the arena.


Potpourri

That’s right, botheads, I used the word “potpourri” in an article title! Just like a fighting machine, I have a soft vulnerable inside also. Get over it, okay?


EVENT REPORT: Franklin Institute 2010 – Rise of the Melty Brains!

The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia and NERC (http://www.nerc.us) presented their fourth annual robot event on Saturday, October 9, ‘10.


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.