SERVO Magazine - October 2012

Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks: How To Keep Things From Going Wrong With Your Arduino-based Robot


Features

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Finding NEMO10
by Fred Eady
Every microcontroller that exists can be instructed to produce an RS-232 data stream. However, a microcontroller may not be robust enough to handle a TCP/IP stack. If your robotic device can speak RS-232, the NEMO10 can be used to translate the resultant RS-232 data stream into a TCP/IP packet. Page 50

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Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks
by Gordon McComb
How to Keep Things From Going Wrong With Your Arduino-based Bot. Not sure where to start when you need to diagnose a problem? This guide will help! Page 58

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The ASABE Student Robotics Competition
by R. Steven Rainwater
Each year, the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers hosts a student contest which has a dif ferent agricultural theme. This year, participants had to navigate a scale model of a feedlot. Page 64

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Parallax Elev-8 Quadcopter — Part 2: The Electronics Setup
by Bryan Bergeron
Take a look at the testing and setup of this flying robotics platform, including integration with an R/C transmitter and receiver, the selection and care of Li-Po batteries, plus the never-ending task of maintenance. Page 69

Projects

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Give Yourself a Wedgie!

by Zachary Lytle

A wedge robot is a simple and durable design, and is the perfect platform for your first bot. Follow these construction details to build one for yourself. Page 42

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
Turning Minutes Into Hours, Here’s Looking at You, Humanoid Swimbot Introduced, Robotic Architectural Printer, & Art Imitates Imitation Life. Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Collaborating With Hubo
The HUBO robot platform is a four foot, three inch tall, fully actuated humanoid robot with similar joint movement to that of humans. HUBO’s legs, arms, hands, fingers, and thumbs work about the same as human’s do, as well. 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
The Many Ways to Control a Robot
As designers and builders of our robotic creations, we still want some sort of control over our machines, even if the basic control is through autonomous sensor interaction with the outside world. Page 74

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Testing the Prototype: Klazo — My 1 lb Drumbot From Kitbots.com
in Combat Zone: Features
Irecently built and tested one of the prototype 1 lb drumbot kits from Kitbots.com as part of the development process, prior to the kit moving to production. Page 32

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Clash of the Bots 3
in Combat Zone: Features
Motorama Carolina Combat Robotics hosted its third Clash of the Bots on July 14 at the Schiele Museum of Natural History. Page 35

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The History of Robot Combat: Robot Battles at Dragon*Con
in Combat Zone: Features
Robot Battles at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA is one of the oldest robot combat events. Page 38