SERVO Magazine - September 2011

Upgrading Your Boe-Bot


Features

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Introducing the Cypress PSoC 5
by Lloyd Moore
The Cypress PSoC is a programmable “system on chip” device which includes all the functions of a traditional microcontroller, in addition to programmable analog and digital blocks. This combination allows for a single chip solution for many robotics projects. Page 44

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Getting Started With FPGAs — Part 1
by David A. Ward
FPGAs are ICs found in some of the latest electronics products. This two-part series begins with a quick introduction to field programmable gate arrays to get you started experimenting with them. Page 55

Projects

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Build This Beginner Bot (For Under $20) — Part 2

by Gordon McComb

This time, we’ll replace the manual switch control with fully automatic electronic function, so our robot will react to light. Page 36

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Upgrading the Boe-Bot — Part 1

by William Henning

Beef up your Boe-Bot to do more than humanly possible ... well, sort of. Page 48

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Matt Bunting’s Hexapod Robot 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
The Sound of ... Robots? Page 62

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Twin Tweaks
by Evan Woolley, Bryce Woolley
Twin Tweaks
Getting Serial Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
Mechanics for Robot Hands and Arms Page 76

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: The Great Outdoors: Combat Robots vs. Mother Nature
in Combat Zone: Features
Robots fight. We all know this, and it is why we read this section of the magazine. However, where, and when Page 28

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PARTS IS PARTS: Gear Terminology Meshes With Little Susie by Morgan Berry
in Combat Zone: Features
Every builder — even the most seasoned veterans — have experienced more than one “Oh no, what have I gotten myself into?” moment when working on a bot. Page 31

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EVENT REPORT: 2011 NRL National Championships
in Combat Zone: Events
It was may 21, 2011. In an airplane hanger at the edge of the Indianapolis International Airport, I could hear crashes, clanks, and the hum of tools being used. Page 34