SERVO Magazine - August 2013

Making Better Arduino Robots With The Ardbot II


Features

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RoboGames Requiem: A Facebook Epic
by Kevin Berry
The announcement that RoboGames was not being continued by Dave Calkins and Simone Davalos started a FaceBook conversation with over 1,000 comments. A spinoff post worthy of recording as part of our “History of Robot Combat” series also ensued. Page 27

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PR2Lite Grows Up — and So Do Its Makers
by Alan Downing, Matthew Downing, Frank Ou
Find out the latest evolution in this home brewed version of Willow Garage’s PR2. Page 34

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It’s All in Your Head
by Morgan Berry
More and more, scientists are looking to the anatomy of the human body to maker smarter and faster machines. Page 48

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Tibbo Trouble
by Fred Eady
With Tibbo, you can write a few lines of Basic code and exchange data with peers and hosts via the Internet. The Tibbo EM500 is perfect for retrofitting devices with serial ports for use on the Internet. How can you implement it in your next bot build? Page 52

Projects

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Making Better Arduino Robots with the ArdBot — Part 1

by Gordon McComb

Originally debuted in 2010, ArdBot is back with a more slim line design, plus lots of added Arduinos for all kinds of new features and capabilities. Page 40

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3D Printers Part 4: Tuning

by Michael Simpson

This time, slicer software that is used to convert 3D models to instructions a printer can actually understand will be covered, plus the MakerGear M2 arrived! Page 58

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
• Robo Suit in Final Trials • Insect Vision for Bots and More • Aerobatic MAV Takes Flight • Bot Flips the Bird • Sniff This! Page 08

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Putting the RoboBuilder Creative kit in motion. Page 11

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Tinker, Printer, Solder, Die
These “printer wars” show how even newbies can get started into the fascinating and terrifying world of robotics with junk. Page 70

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
ServoCity
There once was a time when robot builders had only a few sources for project parts. That is no longer the case. Page 75

Combat Zone

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TIPS FROM THE PITS: Getting Connected
in Combat Zone: Features
The “magic smoke” from burned out motors and electronic speed controllers (ESCs) is inevitable in combat robotics, and getting those parts replaced quickly can make the difference between working your way through the brackets to the finals and an ignominious forfeit and early exit. Page 33

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BUILDER’S TIPS: You Can’t Take It With You: What Tools To Bring
in Combat Zone: Features
I won't be talking about tools that are particularly specialized. If your machine needs any specific equipment for basic maintenance and repairs, those take priority. The following sections will cover tools that are almost universally useful in the pits during an event. Page 24

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EVENT REPORT: Robots Battle at the County Fair
in Combat Zone: Events
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo brings thrilling rides and mouth-watering food to South Florida each year. Page 29

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Snap Hubs
in Combat Zone: Features
Kitbots and FingerTech Robotics have joined forces to develop a new range of hubs for smaller bots. Page 32