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January 2016

Servo Magazine

Healthcare Robots - Where do we go from here?

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Features

Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer

The Growth of an Idea into Reality.


LEGO My Prosthetic

See how one scientist is helping children design and build their very own prosthetic arms out of LEGO blocks.


BASIC Bots & PICAXE   Processors — Part 5

Building the Cruiser Robot. We’ll wrap up our series by using the knowledge we’ve gained to construct Cruiser: a rolling breadboard which can turn in place using differential steering.


Instant Robots

3D Printed Robots - Using the Lulzbot Mini


Serving Raspberry Pi

Interested in using the Raspberry Pi in your robot builds? This series introduction discusses some of the kits that are currently available as a starting point.



Columns

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Robot Problems Solved Here (01.2016)
Is it better to have a microcontroller control the speed of your motors directly through an H-bridge or use a dedicated speed controller? Mr. Roboto is back with the answer.

Appetizer
by Joanne Pransky
Human-Robot Boundaries in Ex Machina
As the first robotic psychiatrist, Dr. Pransky shares her thoughts on the recent blockbuster, Ex Machina.

Mind / Iron
by Bryan Bergeron
The Cost of Custom
One of the benefits of open source microcontrollers and other hardware is that with a modest investment in a software package such as EagleCAD, it’s a simple matter to create custom boards to fit the size and weight requirements of your robot.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Healthcare Robotics
Healthcare robotics has grown tremendously in recent years, and what is of particular interest is the progress being made with robotic assistants that will allow our seniors to live independently for longer.

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (01.2016)
• Bot Feet Aid Copter Versatility • Hedgehogs in Space • Attack of the Killer COTSBots • Forever Frying • Zombies to Bots




Combat Zone

The Combat Zone Guide to Beetleweight Weapons

A rundown of all your favorite beetleweight destroyers.


Common Drive System Configurations

Over the years, a wide range of drive system configurations have been attempted; some with a great deal more success than others.