What do you get when you give your robot a GPS module, a microSD card, and a temperature probe? A robot who knows where it's going and can tell you where it's been. Depending on where your robot is or is going, it may be wrapped up in an overcoat or sporting a Hawaiian shirt.
Small, ready-to-use wireless modules let you control things like your robot’s motor speed and actuators. New bot builders can follow the examples given here to get off to a good start using XBee modules.
See how to navigate your robot’s way around by implementing an electronic compass.
Part 3: Assembly! This time we put our quadcopter together, with plenty of tips and techniques given along the way.
by Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
Don't Forget the Moon, Bot Programming for Bio Labs, It's the Berries, Robotic Circus ... Maybe, UAS Provides Sophistication, and Stealth Page 08
by David Geer
Modular Mobots Make STEM Education Fun
UC Davis — a 100+ year old institution of higher education — is encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational enhancements through the use of Mobots: a robot module platform created by Engineering Professor Harry H. Cheng and his master's student Graham Ryland. The plastic Mobots with their user-friendly programming and software are already in use in many area schools. Page 13
Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robots Evolve into Today’s Bipedal Humanoids
Just as man's ancestors began to walk on two legs, robot experimenters decided over a decade ago that a bipedal humanoid robot was the holy grail of robotics. Science fiction movies always showed robots as two-legged walking creations. Page 74