SERVO Magazine - January 2012

Meet Madeusa!


Features

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Parallax MadeUSA — The Big Robot That Could
by Gordon McComb
This review will introduce you to the newest addition to the Parallax robotic arsenal. Page 38

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Getting a Grip on Jamming
by Charles Ford
Learn more about this novel technique that is a whole dif ferent concept from traditional grippers. Page 44

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Meet the Perfect Solderless Breadboard
by Fred Eady
Take a closer look at Digilent’s Electronics Explorer and how you can use it as a microcontroller stimulus generator and virtual logic monitor. Page 52

Projects

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Pimp My Hexapod — Part 2

by Matt Bunting

This time, we’ll explore and implement two dif ferent upgrades that involve motors and the head gearing system. Page 57

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Scout UAV by Aeryon 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
Looking Backward: 2012-1989 Page 67

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The NXT Big Thing
by Greg Intermaggio
The NXT Big Thing
Isotope — Part 2 Page 72

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
TurtleBot: ROS Meets Kinect Meets Create Page 78

Combat Zone

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PARTS IS PARTS: HobbyKing R610 and R410 2.4 GHz Receivers
in Combat Zone: Features
Ifound out recently that there are very few DSM2 receivers with programmable failsafes available when I decided to replace the Spektrum BR6000 receivers I had been using with a DSM2. Page 26

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MANUFACTURING: Shop Review: Westar Mfg. – The Team Whyachi Bot Shop
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I often get asked where I get my machining done, and unless I’ve done it myself, my answer is always teamwhyachi.com. Page 27

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BUILD REPORT: Rollin’ With the Punches
in Combat Zone: Features
Win or lose, the best combat robots always put on a show. That means no drive system failures unless your robot is in pieces. Bigger bots can achieve this through redundancy: four motors, four speed controllers, etc. Page 29

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EVENT REPORT: Mecha-Mayhem The Rumble in Rosemont
in Combat Zone: Events
Fighting robot enthusiasts from Miami to Michigan and their 47 insect class fighting robots journeyed to the Chicago suburb of Rosement, IL to do battle in the 5th Annual Mecha-Mayhem fighting robot competition Page 30

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The History of Robot Combat: From Humble Beginnings to Multinational Sensation
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Long before the glitz and glamour of Comedy Central’s BattleBots™ brought mass appeal to the sport, robot combat had much humbler beginnings. Page 35