SERVO Magazine - February 2012

Replace Human In Hostile Environments With The Pathfinder Rover


Features

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A Peek Inside the NEATO XV-11
by Bryan Bergeron
Join in on a teardown of NEATO Robotics’ home vacuum cleaner. Page 40

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Product Review: The Digilent NEXYS3 Spartan-6 FPGA Board
by David A. Ward
If you are interested in learning more about FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) or implementing FPGA designs, Digilent (www.digilent inc.com) has several FPGA boards available. Page 64

Projects

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Building The Pathfinder Rover

by Bogdan Chifor

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. Page 47

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The Smart Shopping Cart

by Chuan Zhang, Hairong Yan

This entry into the recent Digilent Design contest is a smart cart system based on multi-sensor, RFID, visual identification, and PWM control. Page 52

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Giving Your Robot Ears

by Gordon McComb

Discover several methods for using sound to control your Arduino-based robot. 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
Eye Surgery Robot Page 10

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto
Your Problems Solved Here Page 13

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Then and Now
by Greg Intermaggio
The NXT Big Thing
Isotope — Part 3 Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Then and Now
Eddie: RDS4 Meets Kinect Meets Parallax Page 74

Combat Zone

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The History of Robot Combat: BattleBots
in Combat Zone: Features
This month, we examine the transformation of the sport into a nationwide phenomenon. Page 28

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EVENT REPORT: “Beware the Hobby that Eats” (Benjamin Franklin): Franklin Institute 2011
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The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA (www2.fi.edu) was host to the Northeast Robotics Club’s (www.nerc.us) 5th Autumn Event last year on October 15th. Page 31

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EVENT REPORT: PennBots – The Battle at Yellow Breeches
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PennBots — the Robot Club of Pennsylvania — hosted their Fall Fling on November 19, 2011 at the Yellow Breeches Middle School in Boiling Springs, PA. Page 34