September 2014

Servo Magazine

Robot Propulsion Using Stepper Motors

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NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition Digs into the Fifth Year of Mining Madness

This year’s event saw some familiar faces, but lots of new innovations.

Watson Update: Going Beyond the Static Walk

Do you remember our old friend from the DARPA Robotics Challenge? See what he’s been up to lately.

From CardBoard to Kit

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.

The Crow, the Skeleton, and the Pirate

Sometimes it’s just fun to do crazy things with robots.


Using Stepper Motors for Wheeled Robot Propulsion

Stepper motors have the ability to precisely turn a wheel at a calculated distance and also the ability to brake, which makes them an interesting choice for robot propulsion, but not without some some tradeoffs.

Making Robots with the Propeller Activity Board

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.

Programming the Arduino in Basic

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.


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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