SERVO Magazine - January 2011

Cirque Du Robot


Features

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ComBots Cup V — Big Bad Bots Bash Bumpers in the Bay Area
by David Calkins, Simone Davalos
See the big-time participants and the ultimate winner in this classic clash of the titaniums. Page 40

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A New Paradigm in Hobby Robotics
by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal
Many industries successfully use the “simulate then deploy” principle. Apply it to your next robot build and you’ll soon see the advantages to this technique. Page 44

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Experience the Emperor Pinguino
by Fred Eady
Pinguino is an Arduino-like board based on a PIC microcontroller. This article explores some of the features of the EDTP Electronics Emperor version ... and only hits the tip of the iceberg. Page 49

Projects

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The NXT Big Thing #6

by Greg Intermaggio

Meet Eddie 2.0 — the next generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS design. Page 54

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Making Robots With the Arduino — Part 3

by Gordon McComb

Inside the Arduino. This time, we’ll learn more about the Arduino and its programming. Page 60

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Getting A Grip: Fingerless Robot Hand Grabs, Carries, Pours, and Writes
What can you do with a latex balloon, some coffee grounds, and suction? You can create a universal jamming robotic gripper hand that can pick up anything. 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
Cirque Du Robot
This month, we have the opportunity to demonstrate both – an expandable platform with the LEGO NXT kit, and a multitalented sensor with the SmartSensor Lite from CATCAN Creative, Inc. Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Hands
Over the years, I’ve discussed all sorts of robot manipulators and arms, but most of these have been related to industrial applications. Page 76

Combat Zone

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PARTS IS PARTS: Identifying Unknown Brushed DC Motors
in Combat Zone: Features
This month’s column is blatantly stolen (Editor’s note: “researched,” not stolen!) from Professor Marco Antonio Meggiolaro’s popular book, the RioBotz Combot Tutorial. Page 22

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Affordable 2.4 GHz
in Combat Zone: Features
The principal radio frequency for many years in USA combat robotics was 75 MHz PCM. Page 23

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The Safe Use of Lithium Polymer or Lithium-Ion Batteries in a Combat Robot
in Combat Zone: Features
I recently got back from COMBOTS 5 where I was the arena wrangler. Basically, my job was to provide safety and also train several new wranglers in the procedures used in running an event. A wrangler’s job is not an easy one. Page 27

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RioBotz Combot Tutorial Summarized – DC Motors
in Combat Zone: Features
Editor’s note: Professor Marco Antonio Meggiolaro, of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has translated his popular book, the RioBotz Combot Tutorial, into English. Page 30

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EVENT REPORT: Full Metal Carnage 2 Pushes Robot Combat Over the Edge
in Combat Zone: Events
The Queensland Robotics Sports Club teamed up with The Edge to present two full days of remote controlled carnage on November 27th and 28th. Page 32

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Hello Bradley – Why Gambling Doesn’t Pay
in Combat Zone: Features
Editor’s note: One thing the general public might not know about combat bot-ka-teers is they have a terrific sense of humor. The nature of the sport also makes them very “accountable.” In this episode of “Kids, please don’t gamble,” Bradley learns an important life lesson! Page 35