SERVO November 2014: THE JUNKBOX - For Electronics Hobbyists

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SERVO November 2014

SERVO November 2014
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eatures

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FIRST Things First
by Aleksandr Savchenkov
This high school team member comes up with a unique way to be at the workshop helping with the robot build without really being there. Page 43

Projects

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The Turkenator

by Kevin Goodwin

A lot of times, using turkey fryers can be dangerous if extreme caution is not used. So, what’s the best way to avoid any injuries during the holidays? Make your fryer robotic, of course. Page 50

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Making Robots with the Propeller Activity Board

by Gordon McComb

This time, you’ll learn about interfacing switches to the PropBot, along with how to use the information these simple switches provide to interactively command the motors. Page 58

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits (11.2014)
• How Does $50 Grab You? • You Get the Thrust • Not Just a Stick • 322 Micron Swimbot • Dancing into Your Nightmares Page 07

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Play-i Robots Make Learning Fun for Toddlers Through Teens
Discover two reasonably priced robots that can teach kids to program from the time they’re five years old on up through their teens. Page 10

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here (11.2014)
Fixing some coding faux pas from last month, plus a look at an awesome product that simplifies adding a touch-screen display to your projects, and a superior programming IDE for the Arduino. Page 14

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
littleBits Planet
littleBits is an electronics prototyping kit that consists of different modules that demystify circuit design for beginners and promise excitement for more advanced hackers. Page 68

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Tetrix, Activity Bot, and VEX
Educational robotics kits are a perfect way to encourage kids to get interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Page 74

Combat Zone

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BUILD REPORT: Using Actobotics in Combat Robots
in Combat Zone: Features
Recently, I had the opportunity to try out some of the new Actobotics products from ServoCity.com. Page 24

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BUILD REPORT: Nyx v2 Part 1: Design
in Combat Zone: Features
Nyx was originally built in early 2012 and first competed at Motorama in February of that same year. Page 26

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EVENT REPORT: Putting on the Bots
in Combat Zone: Events
For me, DragonCon is not a huge science fiction convention filled with panels, viewings, exhibits, parades, games, and elaborate cosplay that combine to contribute an enormous burden to the already crowded streets of Labor Day Atlanta and an equally weighty contribution to the bank accounts of the five main participating hotels. Page 30

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EVENT REPORT: DragonCon Robot Micro Battles 2014
in Combat Zone: Events
Robot Battles 50 took place over Labor Day weekend during DragonCon in Atlanta, GA. Page 32

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EVENT REPORT: DragonCon Robot Battles 2014
in Combat Zone: Events
On Monday, the 12 and 30 pound machines competed in a Sumo style competition for Robot Battles 50. Page 36

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Chaos Hubs
in Combat Zone: Features
The 1.5" and 2" wide Colson wheels have been popular in the 30 lb+ weight classes in combat robotics for many years, but builders often had to make their own hubs to mate the large bore of the Colsons with the standard 1/2" keyed shafts that come on drive gearmotors like Banebots P60s. Page 38

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PRODUCT REVIEW: FingerTech Robotics TinyESC v2.4
in Combat Zone: Features
TinyESC speed controllers have typically been the ESC (electronic speed controller) of choice for the drives of many Ant and Beetleweight combat robots. Page 39

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Buzz Dawson: Rockets to Robots
in Combat Zone: Features, Combat Zone: Robot Profile
In September, the world of combat robotics lost a founding member, Brett "Buzz" Dawson. Buzz was an integral part of the creation of our sport, as well as one of our media rock stars. The SERVO family is greatly saddened by his loss, and wanted to share some of our favorite stories. Page 40

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