October 2013

Servo Magazine

The Evolution of LEGO From RCX to EV3

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Features

RoboGames — From an International Perspective

Robotics truly has worldwide appeal, and that was very apparent with over 17 entrants from international countries competing at this year’s event.


Team Kiss My Snake Tears It Up With a Barbie Jeep

When combat roboticists are in the off-season, they take some of that technology and build race cars. Find out what happened when Team KISS Robotics and Team Plumb Crazy joined forces at a recent event.


Experimenting With Machine Intelligence

Explore some unconventional ways of creating robots that can learn to solve problems on their own.


3D Printers Part 6: The Conclusion

Experiences with each type of printer are summarized, and a list of 13 tips to keep in mind when buying a 3D printer are given to wrap up this series.


The Road to the DARPA Robotics Challenge

In this second installment, Team Walk Like a Man describes the mechanical design of their Track D entry hopeful, Watson.


Making Better Arduino Robots with the ArdBot— Part 3

Learn about interfacing switches to the ArdBot II, along with how to use the info these sensors provide to interactively command the robot’s motors.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (10.2013)
• Robot Flies and Walks • Hexapod Lite Debuts • Vampire Bot Developed • Beer for me, Vodka for the Fish

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (10.2013)
Selecting servos for a walking robot.

Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Material Bot
You can build a robot out of pretty much anything, but if you find yourself debating between general categories like wood or plastic or metal, this is the article for you.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
The LEGO MINDSTORMS Evolution — RCX to EV3
Take a historical look at how LEGO got started and where they are today.