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July 2016

Servo Magazine

Robot Speech Control Comes Of Age.

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Features

Building the KReduCNC - Part 5

Last but not least, we’ll now build the Z carriage since the Y and X carriages are done for our CNC machine.


Sensing Orientation

Understand how sensors like accelerometers and gyroscopes work when building balancing robots.


RoboGames and Block Parties

The Robot Block Party, RoboGames, RoboMagellan, and RAIN!



Columns

Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Robot Problems Solved Here (07.2016)
A question on putting together an RC controlled snow blower using an Arduino, a project on robot vision using a PIXY vision system camera, and a teaser.

The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist
by John Leeman
Build Your Own Drone: Getting Started — Part 3 - Electronics and Flight Controller
We’ll add the muscles and the brains to our skeleton drone airframe, and get tantalizingly close to a test flight.


by Steve Koci
Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer — The Ins and Outs of Making Things Move
Explore how linear actuators and linear servos can help you become a more successful animatronics builder.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Control via Speaking to the Cloud
Using the Cloud for voice control in robots.

Mind / Iron
by Bryan Bergeron
Automatic Braking Systems: A Gentle Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles
Automatic braking systems are just the beginning in autonomous driving

Robytes
by Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (07.2016)
Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) USVs; a bot that flies, perches, and climbs; buying Boston Dynamics; an extra arm for drummers; and a back massage bot.




Combat Zone

CATAPULT: From Toys ‘R Us to Team Whyachi

Discover how CATAPULT — the largest robot in the Bone Dead Robotics fleet – went from a rehabbed toy to a full on combat Mantisweight competitor.


What I Learned at BattleBots

Explore the more fuzzy aspects of the BattleBots’ experience.


Kilobots XXXII

Results from the 2016 SCRC Kilobots XXXII combat robot tournament.


It’s All About the Benjamins Or No Bucks No Bots

The hardest part of getting into combat robots is knowing where to start. This article doesn’t go into what to buy, but more about where to spend your money.


Coils of War

Hardening a motor for the combat arena.