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September 2015

Servo Magazine

Revenge Of The RoboSpider

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Features

BASIC Bots & PICAXE Processors

Ready to try a different microcontroller in your robot builds? Well, this new series will show you how to work with a PICAXE 08M2+.


NASA’s 6th Annual Robotic Mining Competition

Teams from all over the country meet up again to compete in another out-of-this-world mining matchup.


BattleBots 2015 — That’s a Wrap

Take a closer look at some of the details of how this classic event was run and who ultimately took home the Giant Nut.


Let’s Talk Bots

Team Wrecks and Team Witch Doctor and Shaman open up about their experiences with the recently televised BattleBots competition.



Projects

BooBits: Three Ghoulish littleBits Projects

It’s time to add some tricks to those treats with these three fun projects to do with kids (of all ages!) that will also teach some basic electronics.


Parkerbot — Animatronic Spider

Run Away! It’s ParkerBot! Spiderman’s got nothin’ on this robotic arachnid that will add a whole new dimension to this year’s Halloween displays.



Columns

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (09.2015)
• Drones Receive Section 333 Exemption • Automatic Solar Duster • Want $150,000? • Robo Roach Sets Speed Record • Give a Bird the Bird(bot)

GeerHead
by David Geer
Six Widely Varied Robot Finalists in Innorobo Call for Startups
Companies vie for opportunities with investors and market exposure in this unique competition.

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (09.2015)
Recap of the annual SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition.

Mind / Iron
by Bryan Bergeron
Workshop Air Quality Sensors
Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) expelled into the air can be dangerous to your health.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
What We’ve Learned from the DARPA Robotics Challenge
In reality, the DRC was a huge success, despite some set-backs and falls.




Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: A New Weapon for Spanky

in The Combat Zone

There are risks inherent in designing a robot to accommodate a modular weapon setup.


Parts is Parts: HobbyKing CAR-45A Brushless Reversible Speed Controller

in The Combat Zone

I have been using HobbyKing ([url=http://www.hobbyking.com]http://www.hobbyking.com[/url]) brushless speed controllers in my combat robots since 2007, when I used one in Surgical Strike to take first place in the 12 lb weight class at RoboGames.


BUILD REPORT: Viper Fighter Mark-2a

in The Combat Zone

After back to back crushing defeats by Pretzel Robotics' Vile Ant and Low Blow, it became clear I needed a better Antweight robot.


BUILD REPORT: Splatter: The Evolution of a Combat Robot

in The Combat Zone

For nearly my whole life, I have been involved in the world of combat robots.


EVENT REPORT: Clash of the Bots 2015

in The Combat Zone

Carolina Combat Robots ([url=http://www.carolinacombat.com]http://www.carolinacombat.com[/url]) and the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC ([url=http://www.schiele]http://www.schiele[/url] museum.org) held their sixth Clash of the Bots event on June 6, 2015.