SERVO Magazine - November 2011

Do You Speek Lingodroid?


Features

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A Play Day With Sunray
by Fred Eady
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. Page 34

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Designing A Low Cost Laser Range Finder — Part 2
by Joe Grand
This final installment completes our journey with a look into the final hardware design and functionality of the laser range finder. Page 40

Projects

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Using Advanced Sensors With VEX — the VR Control Glove

by Daniel Ramirez

Turn an ordinary leather glove into a basic virtual reality control device. Page 48

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Beginner Bot Meets Arduino

by Gordon McComb

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! Page 56

Columns

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Lingodroids Form Their Own Language 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 Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Twin Tweaks
Due Digilence Page 68

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
Man vs. Machine Page 76

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 8

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Rebuilding Apollyon, Again
in Combat Zone: Features
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. Page 28

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PARTS IS PARTS: Fine-Tuning a Brushless Electronic Speed Controller
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My 12 lb Hobbyweight bar spinner Surgical Strike had a problem at the last couple of events... Page 30

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FEATURE: So, You Want to Cut Metal on Your Table Saw?
in Combat Zone: Features
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. Page 32