SERVO Magazine - February 2014

What It Takes To Serve Up A Bartender Bot


Features

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DARPA Gets the SCHAFT
by Dave Prochnow
Japanese Team SCHAFT crushed the competition at the recent Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials. Page 40

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Bran Dee’s Bar — A Drink Making Robot
by Steven Nelson
Follow the journey of a pile of parts and inspiration to a drink serving Barbot. Page 44

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Programming the Arduino in AmForth
by Craig A. Lindley
You may not be aware that Forth was one of the earliest languages used in robotics and has a lot going for it — especially in the realm of rapid prototyping. Get a feel for this stack-based procedural programming language that offers users high productivity. Page 53

Projects

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Build the Plastic Bot of Destruction — Part 4

by Michael Simpson

We wrap things up this month on our PBOD with the addition of the cover and weapons platform. Page 34

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Windows 8 Tablets: The Ultimate Robot Controller — Part 3

by John Blankenship, Samuel Mishal

This time, explore programming a robot to navigate to a general destination using GPS and compass readings, and then once there, use images from the tablet’s camera to find an object of a specific color. Page 58

Columns

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (02.2014)
Hard-won knowledge to help you code more efficiently. Page 08

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Immortal Combat
Getting back into the world of combat robotics. Page 68

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Conferences Showcase New Robots
Check out what was and what more recently has been the highlights from robot expos and conferences. Page 76