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January 2014

Servo Magazine

SPRITE: Simple Pi Robot Interactive Testbed For Experiments

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Features

RoboBusiness 2013: A View from the Expo

A quick recap of the recent event.


Windows 8 Tablets: The Ultimate Robot Controller — Part 2

Learn how to integrate the tablet’s sensors by first using it as a steering wheel, then taking advantage of the tablet’s compass to maintain a robot’s heading.



Projects

Build the Plastic Bot of Destruction — Part 3

PBOD gets some major design changes.


SPRITE: Simple Pi Robot Interactive Testbed for Experiments

Build this multi-purpose robot base geared toward the hobbyist (or student) to experiment with to your heart’s content.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (1.2014)
• Flying Bugbot Out of the Woods • In Your Face — and Beyond! • Forget Mint: Here Comes Mab • Budgee in Your Budget? • Bookbots in the Sky

GeerHead
by David Geer
One Man and an Idea
See what DJ Sures is doing at EZ-Robot Revolution for the future of robotics.

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Questions on analog vs. digital servos, battery charger selection, and temperature sensors for 3D printers are discussed.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Wars: Roomba vs. Neato
See how these robot vacuums stack up against each other.




Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: Isotelus Rex — Part 1

Aweight class in combat robotics can be dominated — often for years — by one particular bot.


PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: FingerTech Robotics tinyMixer

FingerTech Robotics has recently developed and produced a new channel mixer for use on robots in all weight classes.


EVENT REPORT: The Adventures of Scary and Angry Bot

Last month, I did a brief report about how my two sons and I built their first "real" combat robots — "Angry Bot" and "Scary." This month, I want to discuss how they did in their matches. You may be a bit surprised by the result.


EVENT REPORT: Franklin 2013 — Fall Fun in Philly

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (www2.fi.edu) hosted its 7th annual robotic combat event on September 21, 2013. The Institute provides the venue arena and N.E.R.C. (http://www.nerc.us) organizes the event.


THEN AND NOW: A Decade Later with Alexander Rose

This is the next installment in our series of articles about famous figures from a decade ago. 2002 ended the popular Comedy Central series, BattleBots™.