SERVO Magazine - January 2014

SPRITE: Simple Pi Robot Interactive Testbed For Experiments


Features

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RoboBusiness 2013: A View from the Expo
by Camp Peavy
A quick recap of the recent event. Page 53

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Windows 8 Tablets: The Ultimate Robot Controller — Part 2
by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal
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. Page 68

Projects

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Build the Plastic Bot of Destruction — Part 3

by Michael Simpson

PBOD gets some major design changes. Page 46

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SPRITE: Simple Pi Robot Interactive Testbed for Experiments

by William Henning

Build this multi-purpose robot base geared toward the hobbyist (or student) to experiment with to your heart’s content. Page 56

Columns

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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 Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
One Man and an Idea
See what DJ Sures is doing at EZ-Robot Revolution for the future of robotics. Page 12

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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. Page 16

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Wars: Roomba vs. Neato
See how these robot vacuums stack up against each other. Page 74

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Isotelus Rex — Part 1
in Combat Zone: Features
Aweight class in combat robotics can be dominated — often for years — by one particular bot. Page 30

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PARTS IS PARTS: Product Review: FingerTech Robotics tinyMixer
in Combat Zone: Features
FingerTech Robotics has recently developed and produced a new channel mixer for use on robots in all weight classes. Page 34

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EVENT REPORT: The Adventures of Scary and Angry Bot
in Combat Zone: Events
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. Page 35

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EVENT REPORT: Franklin 2013 — Fall Fun in Philly
in Combat Zone: Events
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. (www.nerc.us) organizes the event. Page 39

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THEN AND NOW: A Decade Later with Alexander Rose
in Combat Zone: Features
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™. Page 44