SERVO Magazine - June 2011

Building Bots From Found Parts - Make your own “No-Cut” Mini T-Bot


Features

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CPLDs — Part 4: HDL Programming
by David A. Ward
Now that you have a better idea of what a CPLD is and what it can do, it’s time to introduce and begin using HDL (hardware description language). Page 49

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Make Your Robot’s Wires Extinct
by Fred Eady
Find out about a new 8051-based powerhouse that will allow you to lose the wire connection to the microcontroller in your robot. Page 54

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Programming the LEGO NXT: An Alternative Approach Suitable For Developing Tomorrow’s Engineers
by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal
LEGO makes building robots easier, and now programming a LEGO NXT can be just as easy. Learn about the open-source LegoLibrary.bas. Page 60

Projects

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A UART/SPI Monitor for Your Micro — Part 2

by Mark Mitchell

This month, we’ll finish off the tool that lets us “peek under the hood” of our controller and then we’ll put it into a useable housing. Page 36

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Building Bots From Found Parts

by Gordon McComb

There’s virtually no limit to the number and type of items you can use in your robot projects. Find out just how easy it is to build your own “no-cut” robot out of ready-made parts available at your local hardware store. Page 42

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
A Robot’s Touch 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 #11
In Control! Page 62

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Twin Tweaks
Why Did The Robot Cross The Road? Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
New Approaches to Robotics Education Page 76

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Moros — A 30 lb Angled Bar Spinner
in Combat Zone: Features
Moros is the third generation of my angled bar spinners. Ruiner was the original, and was built for RoboGames 2006 where it finished with a 1-2 record after having the antenna removed in the second match, which resulted in a forfeit in the third match. Page 26

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POTPOURRI 3.0
in Combat Zone: Features
This month's theme: Kids Building Combat Bots Become Better Kids. Page 28

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The Reality of TV
in Combat Zone: Features
An Opinion Piece by Pete Smith Page 32