SERVO Magazine - December 2011

PR Lite - Four High School Roboticists Roll Their Own PR2


Features

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Experimenting With Unconventional Wheels
by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal
Put a new spin on your robot base with omni or mecanum style wheels. Page 41

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Book Review The Arduino Cookbook
by Steven Nelson
I would rank it five out of five stars for a reference book. Page 54

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PR Lite — Build Your Own PR2 Running ROS
by Alan Downing, Andrew Downing, Matthew Downing, Nathaniel Lewis, Robert Ou, Frank Ou
Discover how a motivated high school team and their mentor fathers combined resources to build their own version of the high-end PR2. Page 62

Projects

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Extending the Beginner Bot With the PropBOE

by Gordon McComb

In this final installment, discover how to use the Parallax Propeller to provide full autonomous control of your robot. Page 46

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Pimp My Hexapod — Part 1

by Matt Bunting

Follow the transformation from a Frankenstein mixture of parts to a full upgrade for this six-legged “freak.” Page 56

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
The KarmetiK Machine Orchestra 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
Meet Isotope — a Custom Robot Chassis Page 71

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
A Robot in Every Home? Page 76

Combat Zone

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PARTS IS PARTS: Kitbots Nutstrip
in Combat Zone: Features
Nutstrip is a product Kitbots uses in several of their kits to allow easy assembly and reduce machining costs on the chassis components. Page 30

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MANUFACTURING: Designing for Waterjet
in Combat Zone: Features
When designing a robot, often the focus is on the weapon system or how much power you can cram into the drive system. Page 31

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PRETZEL ROBOTICS — ROOKIE POWERHOUSE
in Combat Zone: Features
September 2010. An unknown father-son robot team arrives unannounced and unexpected at their first competition (HORD 2010) with their new Antweight robot, Low Blow. Page 33

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DRILL BABY, DRILL. OR, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
in Combat Zone: Features
For about a decade or more, it has been possible to get cheap cordless drills from Harbor Freight (www.harborfreight.com). Page 35

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EVENT REPORT: ORC Storms “The Gate”
in Combat Zone: Events
2011 was a difficult year for the Ohio Robotics Club (ORC). Page 37