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2019 Issue-3

Servo Magazine


Human Media Lab Takes LEGO to the Next Level

Using motion capture cameras, Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab helps create flying LEGO bricks that could mimic real world movements.

A Quick Experimenter’s Guide to Servomotors

Servomotors are indispensable in robotics.

Hands-Free Robot Control

Control a robot with simple hand gestures.

The Influence of Literature, Movies, and TV on Robots and How the Hobby has Evolved

The perception of what a “robot” is has evolved over the years.

Make a Spring-Loaded Pen Holder for Your CNC Router for $5!

A pen holder is a nice addition to any CNC hobbyist’s tool bag.

Using a Servo with the TS-7180 SBC

Add a servo control trick or two to your embedded systems repertoire.

REVIEW: Vorpal Hexapod

Review of the Vorpal Hexapod.

Fun with Subroutines

In computer programming, a subroutine is a sequence of program instructions that performs a specific task, packaged as a unit. This unit can then be used in programs wherever that particular task should be performed.

Balancing a Robot on a Ball

Building a robot that balances on top of a ball is easier than you might think.

Experimenting with Walking Robots

Frame-based software can be somewhat limited. See what you can do to extend what your walking robot is capable of.

How to “Tram” Your CNC Router

Take a look at what tramming a CNC router means, why you need to tram your machine, and the equipment and technique I use to tram mine.

3D Printing for Robotic Projects

With the trend for lower 3D printer prices, it makes sense for robot hobbyists to consider ways of using 3D printing in their builds.

Developing Robotic Behaviors

Using a simulator for developing and perfecting robot behavior.


Coverage of the 2019 AUVSI trade show.


Fun with ActivityBot

Two simple and fun projects to do with your Parallax ActivityBot.


Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Giving Double Jeopardy an Unconstitutional Amount of Shots
Upgrading Double Jeopardy for the 2019 BattleBots season.

Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Reach Out and Build Robots
Review of the goBUILDA experimenter’s kit.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Service Robots are Knocking on Consumer’s Doors
Someday, the right home service robot will be developed and snapped up by savvy buyers.

Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Large Robots Over the Years
An evolution of the larger robots used in the military and in space exploration.

Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Building a Bridge to Anywhere
A look at what you can do with linear motion.

Combat Zone


in The Combat Zone

Starting simple with a first robot build for competing.

Maximizing Strength for Printing Combat Robots with a 3D Printer

Selecting the right materials for 3D printed fighting robot parts makes all the difference.


in The Combat Zone

Results of the PCT Student Wildcats of Robot Design (SWORD) event.

Team Mostmint Takes On Combat

Going from no knowledge competing in combat robotics to winning battles.

Vortex — The Shell Spinner Adventure

in The Combat Zone

A bunch of trials and struggles building a first bot eventually pays off.

The Best Time to Start Your BattleBot’s Career? Right Now!

Wanna get into combat robots? Start with Insectweights.

The Bot of Theseus Or “The Sparadox”

in The Combat Zone

There are two different schools of thought when it comes to dealing with damage to your bots during competitions.

Whiplash 2019: Staying Competitive in the World of BattleBots

Tips on staying in the combat game from a BattleBot’s team.

I Build BattleBots

in The Combat Zone

Girls can be engineers and robot builders too!


New Products (01.2019)

bots IN BRIEF (01.2019)
Interesting TidBits From The Robot World.

New Products (03.2019)

New Products (02.2019)

bots IN BRIEF (02.2019)
Interesting TidBits From The Robot World.

bots IN BRIEF (03.2019)
Interesting TidBits From The Robot World.

Mass Customization: Why Aren’t We There Yet?
by Bryan Bergeron
Discussion of the roadblocks preventing mass customization.

A Renaissance of the Kit Building Era?
by Bryan Bergeron
Rethinking kit design for robotics.

It’s a Great Time to Fly
by Bryan Bergeron
All roboticists should own a drone.

BioFeedback (01.2019)
Comments from readers.

BioFeedback (02.2019)
Comments from readers.

Giving Robots A Better Feel For Object Manipulation
Advances in robotics technology.

How can automation affect your business?
by Anthony Coggine
Automation basics and applications for different aspects of business.