November 2009

Servo Magazine

Taking A Walk - The Wild Wild West Tech Way!

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Ask Mr. Roboto | November 2009

Our resident expert on all things robotic is merely an email away. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


By the time you finish reading this article, you'll not only have a couple relay/solenoid/LED driver circuits in your pocket, you'll be able to read and interpret standard pneumatic symbols, as well.


Show Your Robot How To Walk This Way

This realistic simulator lets you experiment with walking algorithms without destroying your bot in the process.

A Robot And Its CheapBot-08 Controller - Part 1

I'd like to do some experiments with swarms of small robots acting together to accomplish a task. This requires a small microcontroller. See how i utilized a PICAXE-08M and built the cutest robot i've ever created.

Taking A Walk On The Wild, Wild West Side Of Technology

See how five regular guys created a totally awesome, eight legged all-terrain walker with a seat and safety guards.


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by Jeff Eckert
Robytes | November 2009
Stimulating Robot Tidbits. Page 08

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by David Geer
SuperBot modules are made up of two, connected, 64 mm cubed “cubes” of aluminum alloy material. The modules have three degrees of freedom, share power with each other, and communicate via infrared LEDs. Page 10

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
The New Roboni-i Robotic Gamer
A company called Robonica has now created this new genre of gaming with the introduction of the Roboni-i — a highly intelligent, programmable gaming robot. Page 58

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by Ron Hackett
LCD Software For Your TankBot
This month, we are going to explore two software applications for our new serial LCD: real-time distance-to-obstacle measurement and battery voltage monitoring. However, before we do that we need to be sure that our LCD is functioning correctly. Page 62

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Robotics Resources
by Gordon McComb
A Brain For All Seasons
With a “brain,” your robot becomes more than just a simple automated machine. To be a true robot, the brain processes outside influences whether they be light sensors, accelerometers, or lowly bumper switches. Then, from these senses, the robot determines a proper course of action. Page 71

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robot Exoskeletons
Sometimes called walking machines, wearable robots, or robot suits, these devices serve to augment physical capabilities to either assist or protect a person from certain conditions. Page 76


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Bots In Brief | November 2009

What's "Hop"ening?!, Fill It Up!, Samari Copper Bot, It Only Takes A Spark..., And More. Page 22