SERVO Magazine - October 2013

The Evolution of LEGO From RCX to EV3


Features

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RoboGames — From an International Perspective
by Ray Billings
Robotics truly has worldwide appeal, and that was very apparent with over 17 entrants from international countries competing at this year’s event. Page 34

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Team Kiss My Snake Tears It Up With a Barbie Jeep
by Steven Nelson
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. Page 38

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Experimenting With Machine Intelligence
by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal
Explore some unconventional ways of creating robots that can learn to solve problems on their own. Page 42

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3D Printers Part 6: The Conclusion
by Michael Simpson
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. Page 47

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The Road to the DARPA Robotics Challenge
by Daniel Albert, Chris Mayer
In this second installment, Team Walk Like a Man describes the mechanical design of their Track D entry hopeful, Watson. Page 56

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Making Better Arduino Robots with the ArdBot— Part 3
by Gordon McComb
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. Page 60

Columns

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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 Page 08

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (10.2013)
Selecting servos for a walking robot. Page 10

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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. Page 69

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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. Page 74

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: The Quest for a Dif ferent Kind of Flipper: Building the Beast
in Combat Zone: Features
In a recent issue of SERVO, I wrote about scaling up my successful six pound Mantisweight class flipper Threecoil into a 30 pound Sportsman class robot. Page 24

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National Robotics League Begins Their 6th Year of Combat Competition
in Combat Zone: Features
The National Robotics League (NRL) 2013 Championships held in Indianapolis this last May, featured 48 robots built by nearly 200 students from 25 schools across the US. Page 27

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EVENT REPORT: Robot HORDs Return to The Gate
in Combat Zone: Events
Eleven teams brought a total of five 150 gram Fleaweights, 11 one pound Antweights, and six three pound Beetleweights to compete in three brutal double elimination tournaments. Page 29

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Robot Combat Gets Savage at HORD 2013
in Combat Zone: Features
Young up and comer, 12 year old Chad Savage from Edinburg Twp., OH took third place in the Ant class at the 2013 HORD (House of Robotic Destruction) tournament held in Brunswick, OH. Page 32