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November 2011

Servo Magazine

Do You Speek Lingodroid?

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Features

A Play Day With Sunray

So many radios ... so little time. This month, Fred takes you to his sandbox. An RF sandbox, that is. However, you won't find any shovels or buckets in this box. And, the building material isn't sand. It's silicon building blocks that have been specifically engineered to emit radio waves.


Designing A Low Cost Laser Range Finder — Part 2

This final installment completes our journey with a look into the final hardware design and functionality of the laser range finder.



Projects

Using Advanced Sensors With VEX — the VR Control Glove

Turn an ordinary leather glove into a basic virtual reality control device.


Beginner Bot Meets Arduino

In this fourth installment of our bot build, you’ll connect and program an Arduino Uno development board to run your robot in circles — literally!



Columns

GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Lingodroids Form Their Own Language

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto
Your Problems Solved Here

Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Twin Tweaks
Due Digilence

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
Man vs. Machine

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits




Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: Rebuilding Apollyon, Again

Since the last build report was written, Apollyon has competed at Motorama. Apollyon took terminal damage there while achieving a 3-2 record, and yet again needed a complete rebuild.


PARTS IS PARTS: Fine-Tuning a Brushless Electronic Speed Controller

My 12 lb Hobbyweight bar spinner Surgical Strike had a problem at the last couple of events...


FEATURE: So, You Want to Cut Metal on Your Table Saw?

Like many bot builders, I started out as a woodworker. So, I have a shop full of woodworking tools and, now, a serious bot building jones.