SERVO September 2015

SERVO September 2015
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Product ID : SKU17339




  • BASIC Bots & PICAXE Processors by Eric Ostendorff
    Ready to try a different microcontroller in your robot builds? Well, this new series will show you how to work with a PICAXE 08M2+.
  • NASA’s 6th Annual Robotic Mining Competition by Holden Berry
    Teams from all over the country meet up again to compete in another out-of-this-world mining matchup.
  • BattleBots 2015 — That’s a Wrap by Michael Mauldin
    Take a closer look at some of the details of how this classic event was run and who ultimately took home the Giant Nut.
  • Let’s Talk Bots by Chris Olin
    Team Wrecks and Team Witch Doctor and Shaman open up about their experiences with the recently televised BattleBots competition.


  • BooBits: Three Ghoulish littleBits Projects by Dave Prochnow
    It’s time to add some tricks to those treats with these three fun projects to do with kids (of all ages!) that will also teach some basic electronics.
  • Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer by Steve Koci
    Run Away! It’s ParkerBot! Spiderman’s got nothin’ on this robotic arachnid that will add a whole new dimension to this year’s Halloween displays.


  • Robytes by Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert
    Stimulating Robot Tidbits
    • Drones Receive Section 333 Exemption • Automatic Solar Duster • Want $150,000? • Robo Roach Sets Speed Record • Give a Bird the Bird(bot)
  • GeerHead by David Geer
    Six Widely Varied Robot Finalists in Innorobo Call for Startups
    Companies vie for opportunities with investors and market exposure in this unique competition.
  • Ask Mr. Roboto by Dennis Clark
    Your Problems Solved Here
    Recap of the annual SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition.
  • Then and Now by Tom Carroll
    What We’ve Learned from the DARPA Robotics Challenge
    In reality, the DRC was a huge success, despite some set-backs and falls.

Combat Zone

BUILD REPORT: A New Weapon for Spanky
in Combat Zone: Features
There are risks inherent in designing a robot to accommodate a modular weapon setup.

Parts is Parts: HobbyKing CAR-45A Brushless Reversible Speed Controller
in Combat Zone: Features
I have been using HobbyKing ( brushless speed controllers in my combat robots since 2007, when I used one in Surgical Strike to take first place in the 12 lb weight class at RoboGames.

BUILD REPORT: Viper Fighter Mark-2a
in Combat Zone: Features
After back to back crushing defeats by Pretzel Robotics' Vile Ant and Low Blow, it became clear I needed a better Antweight robot.

BUILD REPORT: Splatter: The Evolution of a Combat Robot
in Combat Zone: Features
For nearly my whole life, I have been involved in the world of combat robots.

EVENT REPORT: Clash of the Bots 2015
in Combat Zone: Events
Carolina Combat Robots ( and the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC ( held their sixth Clash of the Bots event on June 6, 2015.

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