SERVO Magazine - May 2011

Meet The New Lunar Rover From Minds-i.


Features

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Making Robots With the Arduino — Part 7
by Gordon McComb
Putting It All Together. Page 48

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CPLDs — Part 3: Simulating a Digital Design
by David A. Ward
This installment shows you how to simulate your digital logic design in Xilinx Isim. Page 58

Projects

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A Single Axis Robotic Arm With End Effector

by Paul Verhage

Arm your robot with this Space Shuttle inspired version that uses a snare for picking up objects. Page 36

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A UART/SPI Monitor for Your Micro

by Mark Mitchell

Need to see what’s going on inside your controller or what it is saying to its peripherals? This SPI/UART snooper might be just the ticket. It is done in surface-mount on a universal SMT prototyping board, just for fun. Page 42

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Build Your Own Big Walker

by Daniel Albert

Part 4. This final article will focus on the algorithm used to create a simple walk. Page 55

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Robonaut 2: The First Robot on the International Space Station 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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The NXT Big Thing
by Greg Intermaggio
The NXT Big Thing #10
HiTech Fetch! Page 62

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Twin Tweaks
Mars Needs Motherships: Meet the MINDS-i Lunar Rover Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
The Next Step in Robotics Page 76

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Kobalos — Antweight Wedge/Rammer
in Combat Zone: Features
Kobalos is a miniaturization of my 12 lb robot, Apollyon. The basic idea was to build something that would be as close to indestructible as possible. Page 26

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PARTS IS PARTS: Holmes Hobby TorqueMaster BR-XL
in Combat Zone: Features
When designing the latest versions of my 12 lb wedge and 30 lb bar spinner, I decided to look for an alternative to my relatively large and heavy Victor 883 speed controllers. Page 27

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EVENT REPORT: Motorama 2011
in Combat Zone: Events
Each February, the Northeast Robotics Club (www.nerc.us) hosts their biggest competition of the year as part of the Motorama motorsports extravaganza and custom car show (www.motoramaevents.com) in Harrisburg, PA. Page 31