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April 2011

Servo Magazine

Stepper Motor Control Experiments With VEX

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Features

CPLDs — Part 2: Graphical Programming of a CPLD

We’ll get right into some CPLD programming and look at breadboarding and testing, as well.


Give Your Robot the Bootloader

Bootloading provides a very useful layer of control. Once the base bootloader code is loaded into your robot’s program Flash, you can read, write, and erase it without having to use a hardware programmer.



Projects

Making Robots With the Arduino — Part 6

Follow That Line!


VEX Stepper Motor Control Experiments

This time, build a simpler version of the SunBot with beefier stepper motors that are powerful enough to directly drive the solar panel’s azimuth and elevation axes.


Build Your Own Big Walker

Part 3. This segment focuses on the design and implementation of the bot’s multi-processor distributed processing system.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits

GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
DARwIn-OP Robot

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

The NXT Big Thing
by Greg Intermaggio
The NXT Big Thing #9
Rad Radar!

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
What Does It Take to Build a Robot?




Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: Apollyon 2

Concept to Creation.


So You Want to Fight Robots?

Turning Your Destructive Instincts into a Socially Acceptable Hobby


EVENT REPORT: 2011 Chattanooga Robot Battles

The 2011 Chattanooga Robot Battles event was held on Saturday, January 22nd at the Chattacon Sci-Fi convention in Chattanooga, TN.


VIDEO REVIEW: Bots High

Joey Daoud, a BotsIQ veteran and film school graduate, has produced a documentary about the sport. SERVO was given the opportunity to do a pre-release screening. We enlisted a journalist of similar age and background to review this interesting video.