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October 2012

Servo Magazine

Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks: How To Keep Things From Going Wrong With Your Arduino-based Robot



Finding NEMO10

Every microcontroller that exists can be instructed to produce an RS-232 data stream. However, a microcontroller may not be robust enough to handle a TCP/IP stack. If your robotic device can speak RS-232, the NEMO10 can be used to translate the resultant RS-232 data stream into a TCP/IP packet.

Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks

How to Keep Things From Going Wrong With Your Arduino-based Bot. Not sure where to start when you need to diagnose a problem? This guide will help!

The ASABE Student Robotics Competition

Each year, the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers hosts a student contest which has a dif ferent agricultural theme. This year, participants had to navigate a scale model of a feedlot.

Parallax Elev-8 Quadcopter — Part 2: The Electronics Setup

Take a look at the testing and setup of this flying robotics platform, including integration with an R/C transmitter and receiver, the selection and care of Li-Po batteries, plus the never-ending task of maintenance.


Give Yourself a Wedgie!

A wedge robot is a simple and durable design, and is the perfect platform for your first bot. Follow these construction details to build one for yourself.


by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
Turning Minutes Into Hours, Here’s Looking at You, Humanoid Swimbot Introduced, Robotic Architectural Printer, & Art Imitates Imitation Life.

by David Geer
Collaborating With Hubo
The HUBO robot platform is a four foot, three inch tall, fully actuated humanoid robot with similar joint movement to that of humans. HUBO’s legs, arms, hands, fingers, and thumbs work about the same as human’s do, as well.

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Our resident expert on all things robotic is merely an email away. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
The Many Ways to Control a Robot
As designers and builders of our robotic creations, we still want some sort of control over our machines, even if the basic control is through autonomous sensor interaction with the outside world.

Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: Testing the Prototype: Klazo — My 1 lb Drumbot From

in The Combat Zone

Irecently built and tested one of the prototype 1 lb drumbot kits from as part of the development process, prior to the kit moving to production.

Clash of the Bots 3

in The Combat Zone

Motorama Carolina Combat Robotics hosted its third Clash of the Bots on July 14 at the Schiele Museum of Natural History.

The History of Robot Combat: Robot Battles at Dragon*Con

in The Combat Zone

Robot Battles at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA is one of the oldest robot combat events.


by Bryan Bergeron
The pioneers in robotics faced and overcame numerous challenges. For example, if they wanted to develop, say, a new navigation algorithm, they had to first build a hardware platform. They couldn’t simply go online and decide between dozens of off-the-shelf flying, swimming, crawling, and walking robotics platforms.