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July 2009

Servo Magazine

The Navigator: A GPS Based Self Navigation System For Water Or Land Based Robots



Implementing a Low Speed, Low Cost Commmunications Protocol: Part 2

Our goal this month is to assemble a set of software routines to take advantage of the LIN protocol we learned last time.

Computer Control And Data Acquisition: Part 5

Building a Thermal Cycling System.


The Navigator

If you've ever wanted to send your rover or R/C boat out to complete a mission all on its own, check out this GPS based navigation system.

Hagetaka: Bipedal Combat Robot

This installment covers the build itself, the mechanics behind the leg design, and the theory behind the walking gait.


by Jeff Eckert
Robytes | July 2009
When Penguins Fly, Aquabots Ensure Clean Water, Robot Bartender, and More!

by David Geer
Rose-Hulman Robot Shoot Out
The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is a four year college which offers academic majors relevant to robotics including computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Ask Mr. Roboto | July 2009
Your Problems Solved Here.

Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Universal Serial Bust
Just about every robotics kit that we’ve reviewed for SERVO uses a serial connection for programming, so we’ve been forced to invest in a serial-to-USB adapter.

by Ron Hackett
Adding Sonar Capabilities to Your TankBot
In the previous TankBot column, we simplified our IR obstacle detection system to make it smaller so that the IR circuitry could coexist on the breadboard with the next project (or two) that we would construct. This month, we’re going to make good use of the extra space we created.

Robotics Resources
by Gordon McComb
Fast and Cheap Prototyping
In this month’s column, we’ll concentrate on just mechanical hardware prototyping, as this tends to be an expensive and time-consuming task for many custom projects.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Law Enforcement Robots
The two companies discussed here and their line of remotely controlled robots represent just a handful of the many companies producing state-of-the-art ‘assistants’ to serve law enforcement agencies and the military.

Combat Zone

Today’s Beetle – Tomorrow’s Champion?

in The Combat Zone

Choosing the “value” options lowers the cost quite a bit, with the Value Beetle costing about half the Ultimate.

A Color To Dye For

in The Combat Zone

UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) polyethylene is an increasingly popular plastic for use in robotics in general, and combat robotics in particular.

Ideas Festival, Australia

in The Combat Zone

The Ideas Festival is a government sponsered "future thinking" event held in Brisbane, Australia every three years.

RioBotz Combot Tutorial - Part 2

in The Combat Zone

The iNDi 16x4 Pro Charge has both 110V AC and 12V DC inlets so that you can use it both indoors with the lincord provided or outdoors with the separate 12V leads.

BattleBots Returns!

in The Combat Zone

During April 21-26, about 64 bots brought their owners to Vellejo, CA for the much anticipated return of BattleBots to the public stage.

Original Sin

in The Combat Zone

Original Sin has competed in the following events: RoboGames 2006, 2007, & 2008, ComBots Cup I & II, and Combots Texas Cup.