SERVO Magazine - July 2011

Robots: Form Or Function? Which Is More Important?


Features

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2011 VEX Robotics World Championship
by R. Steven Rainwater
Over 10,000 participants joined in this classic competition that included not only VEX events, but also BEST match-ups, Coast Guard AROW water robots, plus the first Boy Scouts to earn the new robotics badge. Page 34

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Meet the Swiss Army Knife of Robotics: the Cerebot 32MX7
by Fred Eady
Whether it be robotics, remote control, telemetry, Internet services, CAN networking, or an I/O intensive application, the Digilent Cerebot 32MX7 board plugs physically and logically into the center of the action. Page 38

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Adding Vision: Interfacing With RoboRealm
by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal
For many hobbyists, giving their robot the gift of sight is one of their ultimate goals. RoboRealm is an application that can make adding vision painless by providing easy-to-use modules. Page 56

Projects

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CPLDs — Part 5: A CPLD Project

by David A. Ward

For the last installment of this series, we incorporate a CPLD to control a mobile robotics platform. Page 46

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Adding Smoke, Gas, and Heat Detection to Your Robot

by Gordon McComb

Create your own “safety bot” by attaching sensors that can detect smoke, poisonous gasses, and high temperatures. Page 49

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Miniature Surgeons Travel Inside the Human Body 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 Evan Woolley, Bryce Woolley
Twin Tweaks
Savöx Rocks Page 60

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The NXT Big Thing
by Greg Intermaggio
The NXT Big Thing #12
Wii! Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
Robots: Form or Function? Page 75

Combat Zone

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MANUFACTURING: The Roboticist’s Guide to Plastic
in Combat Zone: Features
Plastic has become an integral part of our society. It holds our food, is found in our automobiles, and is even on and in our bodies. It also makes a great building material for robotics. Page 28

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BUILD REPORT: Building a Better Beatle Beater Bar – Part 1
in Combat Zone: Features
A higher rotational speed gives a bigger hit but it also reduces the bite. Page 30

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EVENT REPORT: Robot Rumble
in Combat Zone: Events
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC held its fourth annual “Robot Rumble” on Saturday April 16, 2011. Page 32