SERVO Magazine - August 2012

3rd Annual Lunabotics Competition


Features

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The Third Annual Lunabotics Competition
by Morgan Berry
A few hundred college students descended on Cape Canaveral to participate in this unique competition that encourages STEM education and helps NASA develop their own lunar rovers. Page 40

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Meet the Parrot AR Drone 2.0
by Bryan Bergeron
Join in on a teardown of this popular quadcopter. Page 46

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FIRST Robotics Las Vegas Regional Competition 2012
by Dave Graham
This classic event continues to inspire both participants and spectators. Page 61

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The Tale of TupperBot
by Angel Hernandez
Follow along one roboticist’s journey in robot design. Page 72

Projects

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Reach Out and Touch Something — Integrating Touch Sensing With Your Robot

by Gordon McComb

In this last installment, learn how to integrate touch sensors into a motorized robot base. Page 54

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Virtual Sensors — Part 2

by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal

Last time, we looked at how virtual sensor techniques work. This time, we do the same for virtual motor interfaces. Page 67

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Easy to Build Wireless Servo Controller

by Robert H. Walker

If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive, and easy to construct wireless remote control that can independently operate up to two servomechanisms, then this is the design for you. Page 70

Columns

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Robytes
by Jenn Eckert, Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
Navy Orders Minebots, Drone ‘Copter Sets Record, Robotically Enhanced Exercise, Fowlbot Automates Deboning, and Breakthrough in Robutties. Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Students Get a Bot Powered Kick Out of Mathematics
Something fun, robotic, and mathematical is happening in Gulf Stream, FL, located on the state's southeastern coast. That's where Shawn Harahush — sometimes referred to as RoboTeacher — uses robots, engineering, and rockets to teach math to students at the Gulf Stream School. Page 10

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Our resident expert on all things robotic is merely an email away. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Page 14

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Isaac Asimov — Inspiring Today’s Robots
This prolific writer has had more influence on the field and science of robotics than perhaps any other person on Earth. Page 76

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Siafu: An Army of Ants — Part 3
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In this part, I will show how the parts were manufactured, provide a list of the other parts used, and how they went together to make a drivable chassis. Page 28

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The History of Robot Combat: Motorama
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Motorama was born around the same time as many other robot combat events: shortly after the end of BattleBots. Page 31

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Bring Back the Pogs
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I've been involved in combat robotics for a number of years as both a competitor and an event organizer. One of the things I really enjoy about the sport is the variety of mementos created by the innovative minds of robot enthusiasts. Page 33

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PEOPLE OF BOTS: Puerto Rican Pride at the South Florida Robot Riot
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Puerto Rican pride was in the house at the South Florida (SFL) Robot Riot as students in grades 7-12 from the Central Visual Arts School in San Juan, Puerto Rico made their presence known through both their music and fighting robot skills. Page 35

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PEOPLE OF BOTS: Meet the Robot Riot Teams
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The first annual Robot Riot attracted 38 robots to Miami Beach from Puerto Rico, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Competitors ranged from 13-60 years of age, including five teams that fought their first robot at this event. Page 36

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PEOPLE OF BOTS: PAGE 76 Did Jim Smentowski Pass the Torch?
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The SFL Robot Riot is an open Insect class fighting robot event conducted in conjunction with the STEM Tech Olympiad 2012 at the Miami Convention Center. Page 38