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April 2015

Servo Magazine

HelloSpoon — a DIY Robot to Help People with Upper Limb Difficulties

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Features

Automation with Actobotics

Take the mundane task of measuring and cutting battery lead wires and give it to your robot.


M is for the Robot that ARM Made

Meet mBot — a new platform for working with embedded robotics that is affordable, programmable, and downright fun.


The Basics of Soldering

Knowing how to solder surface-mount components by hand is a valuable skill when working with strict space requirements.


HelloSpoon — a DIY Robot to Help People with Upper Limb Difficulties

This labor-of-love creation attempts to give folks with disabilities some of their independence back by helping them feed themselves, among other things.


ADHD Students Benefit from Brainwave Monitoring Programs

The same technology originally designed for NASA pilot training is helping students and adults alike to stay more focused.



Projects

The Robot You’ve Always Wanted - Part 4

In this final installment, see how Arlo’s arms and turret can be controlled through a second instance of RobotBASIC running in the background to truly make this the robot of your dreams.



Columns

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (04.2015)
Delving into robot vision with a 4D Systems’ uCAM-II serial camera.

Twin Tweaks
by Evan Woolley, Bryce Woolley
Rise of the Simple Machines
Adding mechanical advantage to Protobot.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
What’s New in Robotics
Catch up on some of the latest advances in robotic products.




Combat Zone

SPARC: Reigniting Robot Combat?

in The Combat Zone

In April 2003, I was eight years old when I attended my first robot combat event as a driver.


EVENT REPORT: masSACre Dethrones 15 Pound Powerhouse, OverLoad

in The Combat Zone

The NTMA Training Centers Robotics League (TCRL) kicked off 2015 with a bang.


Small Bot Masters — Mike Jeffries

in The Combat Zone

Imet Mike Jeffries in 2011. This new guy shows up at DragonCon with some serious hardware: a sweet 1 lb and a 12 lb that looked like it could stop a bullet.