SERVO Magazine - September 2014

Robot Propulsion Using Stepper Motors


Features

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NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition Digs into the Fifth Year of Mining Madness
by Collin Berry
This year’s event saw some familiar faces, but lots of new innovations. Page 34

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Watson Update: Going Beyond the Static Walk
by Daniel Albert
Do you remember our old friend from the DARPA Robotics Challenge? See what he’s been up to lately. Page 38

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From CardBoard to Kit
by Jaidyn Edwards
Really like the robot you just built and think other folks will too? Get some insight on what it takes to turn a robotics project into a product. Page 62

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The Crow, the Skeleton, and the Pirate
by Camp Peavy
Sometimes it’s just fun to do crazy things with robots. Page 70

Projects

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Using Stepper Motors for Wheeled Robot Propulsion

by Theron Wierenga

Looking for a new way to make your robot “go?” Give stepper motors a try. Page 42

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Making Robots with the Propeller Activity Board

by Gordon McComb

The Parallax Propeller is experiencing a resurgence in popularity because of its unique feature set which offers a lot to robot builders. In the first installment of this new series, we’ll be upgrading our old friend, ArdBot into the new and improved PropBot. Page 50

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Programming the Arduino in Basic

by Thomas Henry

The Arduino is a popular microcontroller to use in robotics, but one of its best kept secrets is that you can program it in the Basic language instead of C. Page 58

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (09.2014)
• Much Ado About Ants • Hands Off the Merchandise • He’s Just a Buddy • Flung Among the Dung • Goldie Goes Mobile Page 07

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (09.2014)
Mounting wheels to hubs. Page 14

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Evolution
Take a look at some of the exciting changes and progress made in the field of commercial robots. Page 76

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Bleuhh Cheese
in Combat Zone: Features
My first attempt at a Fairyweight combat robot had been a failure when I built it to meet an imaginary 250 g weight limit, rather than the actual 150 g limit. Page 28

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Robot Battles Turns 24!
in Combat Zone: Features
Robot Battles™ is the second oldest robotic combat competition in the world, and is a direct descendant of the oldest event — the Critter Crunch every year at MileHiCon in Denver, CO. Page 32