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November 2016

Servo Magazine

Have an opinion on home robots? Check out the history of them in this issue!

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Features

Berry Bot

Our series on using the popular Raspberry Pi platform in robot builds is back, and with a new bot to introduce.


Getting Started with ROS — Arduino Interfacing for Robotics Projects

Ever wonder how to interface an Arduino to ROS (Robot Operating System)? This tutorial shows you how.


Building the KReduCNC Electronics

Installing the electronics in our CNC machine building series.


Hobby Robotics — It’s Really About Sensors and Programming

Hobbyists new to robotics don’t always understand the need for sensors, and why programming skills are essential for obtaining and utilizing sensor data.


Getting a Handle on Automatic Doors — Part 3

The essence of machine control in robotics is motors, mechanical systems, and sensors. This mini-series on automated doors will explore the fundamentals of robotic control systems.


Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer — Prop Builder’s Gift Wish List

Once again, it’s that time of year when the air turns cool and our thoughts turn to the holidays and what the heck we’re gonna buy for our DIYers.



Columns

The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist
by John Leeman
The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist — FlyFi: Weather Data Telemetry
Multi-rotors can let us collect our own atmospheric data, and learn about the lower atmosphere and Wi-Fi in one project!

The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist
by John Leeman
The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist — Training for Flight
We’ll go through the steps to train our flight controller to our hardware and (finally) take our quadcopter on its official maiden voyage! — Note to readers - This article in the November 2016 print issue was included by mistake and is a reprint of the August column. The correct article (Weather Data Telemetry) is available online at http://www.servomagazine.com/index.php/magazine/article/November2016_MultiRotorHobbyist-Training-for-Flight1

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
The Ideal Home Robot
So, what exactly is a home robot? Take a look at some of the key aspects of a viable automaton for a home environment.




Combat Zone

Witch Doctor’s Secret Recipe Revealed!

The secret concoction that brewed up such a vicious and successful BattleBots machine is revealed in this Q&A.


Florida BattleBots Storm Kennedy Space Center

Gearheads intersect with rocket nerds to discuss common issues in both camps.


The Evolution of Algos

Now that the very successful one pound Algos robot has retired from combat, get the nitty-gritty details on the design.


Departments

Facebook and Microsoft Messenger Bots: It’s Déjà vu All Over Again
by Bryan Bergeron
2016 is the year of the chat bot — a forecast supported in part by the launch of messenger bots for Facebook and Microsoft platforms, among others.