March 2014

Servo Magazine

Hacking The Toy SpiderBot

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Red Rover, Red Rover ... 10 Years of Opportunity

Who would have thought 10 years ago that NASA would still be gleaning all kinds of awesome intel from their golden Opportunity.

Nuntius — The Garden Avenger

So, like, if you’re someone who would way rather do gardening from the comfort of your couch, then here’s the robot for you.

The Schmitt Trigger and How It Works

Whether because of harsh environments or the inherent limitations of sensor technology, output signals are rarely as clean as we'd like. Sensor noise can overwhelm a navigation system or even a simple robotics control system. You can take steps such as adding shielding to cables (adds weight), defining noise gates in software (takes space and degrades overall computational performance), and investing in better, more expensive sensors.


Windows 8 Tablets: The Ultimate Robot Controller — Part 4

In this final installment, bestow some personality to your tablet-controlled robot by giving it a voice.

Build a Simple Walking SpiderBot

Hack an $8 toy into a programmable walking and sensing maniacal octopod of doom!


by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (03.2014)
• Stickybot has Space Potential • Mechanical Cooter Seeks Shipwrecks • Universal Gripper Goes Commercial • Roomba to Beer Buddy

by David Geer
The Quadforge Black Bat
The Pennsylvania-based Montgomery County Community College’s project helps give those Swedish weather folks eyes in the air.

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (03.2014)
Resurrect your Savage Innovations Soundgin board.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Humanity’s Perception of Robots
Whether they’re from the Uncanny Valley or just simple, hard-working automatons, people’s feelings about robots are changing.