SERVO Magazine - December 2013

Robot Builder’s Buyer’s Guide


Features

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Get Your Robotics On!
by Paul Verhage
One of the goals of the Boise Robotics Group (The BoRG) is to teach folks how to make robots. See what they did and some of the lessons they learned themselves. Page 36

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Disability in the Modern Age: How Rehabilitation Robotics is Changing Lives Across the World
by Morgan Berry
After being in a severe accident, implementing robotics into the recovery process took on a whole new meaning. Page 42

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The Road to the DARPA Robotics Challenge — Part 4
by Daniel Albert
Dealing with the DRC qualifications, having to rebuild yet again, and taking those first steps. Page 48

Projects

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Turning Your Robot Off Via Software

by Dick Swan, Roger Tang

Here’s a nifty little solid-state switch that lets you power-down your creations to help extend battery life. Page 52

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Build the Plastic Bot of Destruction — Part 2

by Michael Simpson

This time, we’ll go over the wheels, gears, and chassis parts for our PBOD. Page 54

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Windows 8 Tablets: The Ultimate Robot Controller — Part 1

by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal

Most hobby robots are powered by small microcontrollers with limited capabilities. Could using a tablet instead with all its available features be the best way to rock your robot’s world? Page 58

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits 12.2013
• So Long, Casey Jones • Bye Bye, Berry Pickers • Cheers! • Art for Art’s Sake Page 08

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here 12.2013
Critter Crunch. Page 10

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
To Infinity and Beyond
Few things capture the imagination like robotics ... except maybe space elevators. Page 68

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Bases and Structure for Mobile Robots
Tips, techniques, and types to consider when selecting the foundation for your bot. Page 74

Combat Zone

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SPECIAL REPORT: Bot Builder’s Buyer’s Guide
in Combat Zone: Features
Just in time for Christmas shopping, regular contributor Mike Jeffries has assembled a buyer's guide of three vital components for small sized bots. Page 22

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Building Builders
in Combat Zone: Features
This article is a mini build report from my perspective of getting the bots and boys ready for their first event with their own "real" combots at Battle at Maker Faire, which took place on October 5th at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire. Page 31