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June 2015

Servo Magazine

littleBits + ActoBitty = ActoBites?

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Features

RoboGames 2015

Like a Phoenix from a flame, this classic meeting of the robotic minds returned to San Mateo, CA this year.


VEX Worlds 2015

Highlights of this STEM inspired event.


How I Came to Design Extraterrestrial Robot Submarines

When the TiME mission proposal was not chosen, then NASA suspended the ASRG program in 2013, all seemed lost. However, new opportunities presented themselves on the concept of an autonomous sub.


Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer

This new series of articles will explore the many methods, materials, and innovative new ideas to bring your robotic creations to life.


littleBits and the ActoBitty

Magnets and aluminum combine to create ActoBits.


CNC Part Creation Workflow

This mini series will break down procedures and approaches to create consistent parts using a CNC machine.


The Basics of Soldering

The final installment in this series covers advanced SMT package soldering.



Columns

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (06.2015)
Wrapping up the 4D Systems’ uCAM-II serial camera project.

Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
The Force Servo Arm Awakens
Not only is the force strong with this device, it can handle fragile cargo as well.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Prototyping and Building a Robot
Read about how robot experimenters can develop and/or refine their robot’s mechanical design by utilizing existing robot platforms and products to build upon.




Combat Zone

Skill Building — Drive Better

in The Combat Zone

Robot combat is a sport with extreme design diversity. You’ll see spinners, flippers, axes, crushers, pushers, and a range of other things constantly pushing the limits of what’s safe and what’s legal to run at an event.


Quality Versus Quantity — Or, Why One Axle is Sometimes Better Than Two

in The Combat Zone

The drums on my Saifu kits have worked pretty well, but when they lose it’s usually been the same problem: bent axles.