SERVO Magazine - August 2011

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Features

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Maker Breaker: The Scoop on Robotics at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2011
by Greg Intermaggio
Take a quick look at some of the robots that made it to this year’s Maker Faire. Page 38

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PennBots is Alive and Well!
by Dave Graham
See what happened when PennBots, Harrisburg University, and the National Electronics Museum hooked up to host some robot competitions. Page 42

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Meet the Swiss Army Knife of Robotics: the Cerebot 32MX7 — Part 2
by Fred Eady
This time, you’ll tailor the Microchip TCP/IP stack to drive a PmodWiFi module. Plus, you’ll also customize the USB Host portion of the Applications Library to help persuade the Cerebot 32MX7 to host a USB thumb drive. Page 53

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YT4 Human Robot
by Anthony Cherone
This robot build can interact, communicate, and utilize functional hands, arms, and elbows. Page 58

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Using Advanced Sensors With VEX
by Daniel Ramirez
“Hear Me, See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me ...” Learn about the dif ferent VEX sensors available that can give your projects a real “sense” of things. Page 62

Projects

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Build This Beginner Bot (For Under $20) — Part 1

by Gordon McComb

All robot builders need to begin somewhere. This expandable robot base gives you a great starting point at an affordable price. Page 46

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Covert Robots Page 10

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The NXT Big Thing
The NXT Big Thing #13
Wii Wii! Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
Unique Robots Helping Mankind Page 75

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Another Brick in the Wall — Building Rudy
in Combat Zone: Features
In mid 2009, I built the most recent version of my Ant brick, Gilbert. Page 26

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BUILD REPORT: Building a Better Beatle Beater Bar — Part 2
in Combat Zone: Features
This month, I will show how to create the axle, drive pulley, and flanges. Page 28

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EVENT REPORT: Mid-American Melee
in Combat Zone: Events
The Mid-American Melee — the first event hosted by the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at Washington University in St. Louis — was a smashing success. Page 31

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EVENT REPORT: National Robotics League Championship
in Combat Zone: Events
Twenty-nine robots built by 91 students from 14 schools battled for national recognition in two days of intense competition at the National Tooling and Machining Association’s (NTMA) 2011 National Robotics League (NRL) Championships held May 21-22 at Vincennes University’s Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis, IN. Page 32

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Dust in the Wheels
in Combat Zone: Features
With apologies to the band, Kansas: Dust in the wheels ... All they see is dust in the wheels. Page 33

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EVENT REPORT: Lunabotics Competition
in Combat Zone: Events
Lunabotics is a NASA sponsored competition for college students to design a robot that could be used for lunar mining. Page 35

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In Front of the Cameras at RoboGames
in Combat Zone: Features
This year, we competed at RoboGames with our heavyweight, Gruff. Page 36