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February 2013

Servo Magazine

Build The Kronos Flyer - Final Assembly And Setup

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Features

Santa SERVO Surprises Upstate New York

A storm of SERVO Magazines came down on spectators at a recent holiday parade.



Projects

Broadcasting Real Time Video With Your Robot

Learn how to add video to any robot — remotely controlled or not. Plus, also discover how to overlay textual data so you can get feedback, as well.


Build the Kronos Flyer - Part 4

Part 4: Setup. Program and calibrate the ESCs; set the direction of the motors; see step-by-step how to install the NAZA flight controller; install the props; and get ready to take your Flyer for a spin.


Using Digital Sensors with VEX — Part 2

Finish construction on the DIY VEX electro-mechanical compass, and get the I2C firmware necessary to make it work.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
• UAV for Everyone • Flies and a Roll • Monopoly for Bots and Meatbags • The Future of Burgers? • Flipper Headed for Retirement

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
• Can cheap ESCs do the trick? • Working with a Digilent chipKIT MX3cK

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Telepresence and Personal Assistants
I would like to begin our discussion of robots working around people with a look at some of the latest telepresence robots.




Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: Keres: 150 g Fighting Robot

Keres was built to test some prototype Mini-Spark gearboxes from FingerTech Robotics.


BUILD REPORT: Mini Bot Hockey Bots — Part 1

Playing bot hockey is great fun, and it’s a big hit with the crowds at events. I have my own full team of 15 lb class bots.


EVENT REPORT: PennBots — The Second Annual Battle at Yellow Breeches

PennBots — the Robot Club of Pennsylvania — hosted their Second Annual Fall Fling on November 17, 2012 at the Yellow Breeches Middle School in Boiling Springs, PA.


PARTS IS PARTS: Product Beta Test: RageBridge from Equals Zero Designs

Iwas lucky enough to get a chance recently to test the new RageBridge dual channel brushed DC motor controller from Equals Zero Designs (e0designs.com).


PARTS IS PARTS: Prototype Testing: FingerTech Robotics Mini-Spark

In the 150 g weight class, there are only a few options for drive systems.


Building a Large Scrolling Display

Ioften attend shows where I’m either demonstrating combat robots and bot hockey, or as a sponsor providing prizes of Kitbots products. In order to inform the public about the event or the products, I have several banners to hang up on the walls, plus I also hand out business cards and information sheets when I have the time. It would be useful, however, to have a more eye-catching and informative way of passing on the information.