January 2011

Servo Magazine


ComBots Cup V — Big Bad Bots Bash Bumpers in the Bay Area

See the big-time participants and the ultimate winner in this classic clash of the titaniums.

A New Paradigm in Hobby Robotics

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.

Experience the Emperor Pinguino

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.


The NXT Big Thing #6

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

Making Robots With the Arduino — Part 3

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


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by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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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