September 2013

Servo Magazine

Get A Little Sideways With Holonomic Locomotion

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The Road to the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Read one team’s chronicle of what it will take to compete in track D of this monumental event.

The Fourth Annual Lunabotics Competition

College students descend on the Kennedy Space Center for NASA’s yearly contest to build lunar rovers.

LEGO Mindstorm Robots at the 2013 Lunabotics Competition

As part of NASA’s annual event, special workshops were held for school-aged children — all the way down to preschool — to help foster a love for STEM education by learning to use LEGOs to build bots.


3D Printers Part 5: Filament

Filament is the life blood of a 3D printer. This month, various types of filament are discussed and how to calibrate the printer for a specific kind.

A Look at Holonomic Locomotion

Holonomic robots are omnidirectional and incredibly mobile. This article looks at these types of robots constructed with two different styles of wheels.

Making Better Arduino Robots with the ArdBot — Part 2

We’ll move forward with completing the ArdBot II’s electrical subsystems, and give our robot its first taste of adventure with a simple servo test routine.


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by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
• Just Think • This is Research? • Kibo Bot Destined for ISS • Bot is Diggin’ It. Page 08

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by David Geer
Modular Cooperating Robot Components
Hip, new robots from Barobo, Inc., build on themselves to form educational and prototyping platforms, as well as enable new hacks for the creative roboticist. Page 10

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Creating autonomous behavior with Action Builder from the RoboBuilder Creative kit. Page 14

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Parallax, Inc.
Learn about the beginnings of this ground-breaking company and some of the products they’re famous for. Page 74