SERVO Magazine - June 2013

Open Source Hardware For Robots. Why Reinvent The Wheel?


Features

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Open Source Hardware for Robot Projects
by R. Steven Rainwater
Did you know that there are community-developed hardware robot designs that are freely licensed and downloadable? If not, you need to check out this overview of different platforms that have been developed over the last two decades. Page 40

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Interface and Communication Techniques to Control the World (or, at least H-bridges)
by Fred Eady
In the mechatronic world, it’s all about control. See how to gain worldwide dominance using some simple CCS C code, a Wi-Fi module, and a handful of Microchip silicon. Page 50

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Curiosity and the Self-Driving Car
by Paul Bouchier, Jason Henriksen
Preparing for the 2012 Roborama contest course inspired a melding of Mars rovers, self-driving cars, and lane-following technology that gave rise to JRover. Page 67

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The VEX 2013 World Championships
by R. Steven Rainwater
See highlights from this year’s classic event. Page 74

Projects

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3D Printers Part 2: Assembly Highlights

by Michael Simpson

Follow the assembly process on four different 3D printers, so that next time we’ll be ready to actually print a simple object. Page 67

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
• Definitely a Cool Robot • Printable Bots on the Way • Bot Surgery Lawsuits on the Rise • A Mint for Your Tablet/Smartphone • Robot Roadmap Available Page 07

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Communicating with Dynamixel servos using MPIDE. Page 10

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robots and the Law
What will the legal implications be if robots violate human rights? Page 78

Combat Zone

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Then and Now: A Decade Later With Brian Nave
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Last month, the Combat Zone started a new series about the “big names” of our sport during the glory years of television coverage. Now, 10 years after the demise of that major coverage, we tracked down some of the most famous names from that era to gain their perspective after robot combat underwent a drastic change in direction. Page 31

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EVENT REPORT: FIRST Orlando Regionals
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A New Set of Heroes Emerges Page 34

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TIPS FROM THE PITS: Speeding Up a Motor Change
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Half the battle in combat robotics is having your bot repaired completely in time for the next fight. This is the first of a series of short articles detailing some ways to make that just a little bit easier. Page 38