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February 2012

Servo Magazine

Replace Human In Hostile Environments With The Pathfinder Rover

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Features

A Peek Inside the NEATO XV-11

Join in on a teardown of NEATO Robotics’ home vacuum cleaner.


Product Review: The Digilent NEXYS3 Spartan-6 FPGA Board

If you are interested in learning more about FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) or implementing FPGA designs, Digilent (http://www.digilent inc.com) has several FPGA boards available.



Projects

Building The Pathfinder Rover

This winning design from the 2011 Digilent Design Contest explores the idea of creating a versatile, minimalist, and low cost platform that can replace humans in hostile environments.


The Smart Shopping Cart

This entry into the recent Digilent Design contest is a smart cart system based on multi-sensor, RFID, visual identification, and PWM control.


Giving Your Robot Ears

Discover several methods for using sound to control your Arduino-based robot.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Robytes
Stimulating Robot Tidbits

GeerHead
by David Geer
GeerHead
Eye Surgery Robot

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

Then and Now
by Greg Intermaggio
The NXT Big Thing
Isotope — Part 3

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
Eddie: RDS4 Meets Kinect Meets Parallax




Combat Zone

The History of Robot Combat: BattleBots

For years, robot combat in the United States was a niche sport reserved for relatively small groups of builders. In this installment, we examine the transformation of the sport into a nationwide phenomenon.


EVENT REPORT: “Beware the Hobby that Eats” (Benjamin Franklin): Franklin Institute 2011

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA (www2.fi.edu) was host to the Northeast Robotics Club’s (http://www.nerc.us) 5th Autumn Event last year on October 15th.


EVENT REPORT: PennBots – The Battle at Yellow Breeches

PennBots — the Robot Club of Pennsylvania — hosted their Fall Fling on November 19, 2011 at the Yellow Breeches Middle School in Boiling Springs, PA.