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MAJOR SOUTHEAST ROBOT COMBAT EVENT

Battle Beach 4 with Kevin Berry and Brian Nave —See Evolving Combat Tech: Awesome Power Now Available for Smaller Robot classes Battle Beach, LLC, in partnership with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, is pleased to announce that their next robot combat  event, Battle Beach 4, will be held in Summer …

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How To Design And Build A Spinner Bot

BONUS ONLINE ARTICLE The following is an extension of the full article that appears in the Winter 2005 edition of Robot magazine. USING GYROS FOR SPINNER STABILITY Early on in building spinners, I discovered that spinning a large percentage of your weight allowance makes it harder to …

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Basic Stamp Basics

An introduction to the exciting world of robot programming At the heart of many hobby robots lives a modern day success story, the BASIC Stamp microcontroller. This straightforward, fairly inexpensive unit has revolutionized the world of robotics since its introduction in 1992. The BASIC Stamp is …

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Brushless Revolution

More power in a smaller package In every issue, ROBOT will report on new technologies that improve hobby robot performance. Here, we look at the benefits of using new brushless motor packages in smaller robots. These motors have recently emerged in the RC car market and, …

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Tamiya’s Walking Robots

Templates For Simple Legged Locomotion Would you like to scratch-build a walking robot or design one using a LEGO© Mindstorms™ or Radio Shack VEX™ robot kit? This article will help you understand the simplest methods for constructing bipedal, quadrapedal and six-legged walking robots. For added fun, …

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Androids Invade!

Robo-Ones Prove Walking Robots Rule Everybody wants a robot. Not a threeinch- tall pancake-shaped vacuum cleaner that keeps getting stuck under the couch, a robot! Ever since seeing Star Wars, I think we’ve all wanted our very own C-3PO. Sure, R2D2 was cute; but you can’t …

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Is It Really A Robot?

The intertwined layers of electronic feedback and human spontaneity Most of the electromechanical devices I am fond of playing with are not robotic per se but rather are simply remote controlled machines. However, there are similarities in that mechanical devices that are remotely controlled may have everything necessary …

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Martian Robot Update

A robot’s eye view of a neighboring planet Traditionally, robots are hard to kill. There’s no better current example of that characteristic than the extraordinary lifetimes of the two golf-cart sized robot rovers on Mars, Spirit and Opportunity. Designed for a 90-day surface sojourn, both robots were …

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iRobot ROOMBA Robot Vacuum

Because we have a family dog who is constantly shedding hair and bringing in bits of leaves and debri when he enters the doggie door, and because we have kids, our household has a higher demand for vacuuming than many. I could hardly wait to see …

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Drive a Tank BOT From Your PC

Repurposed Wi-Fi provides an elegant control solution I have been exploring the possibility of using 802.11G wireless networking technology (also known as Wi-Fi) to replace the analog radio systems commonly used in RC robots, cars, boats, and aircraft. Using Wi-Fi in place of the common AM …

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Nuvo Housebot

ZMP, INV. http://nuvo.jp/nuvo www.zmp.co.jp Want to purchase a robot that will watch your kids or walk the halls to keep an eye on things—all based on voice commands? Want to see what it sees, on your PC via an internet connection? ZMP is taking orders on …

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Packbot Explorer

IROBOT www.irobot.com (781) 418-3135 The iRobot PackBot® Explorer is a new addition to iRobot’s combat-proven line of PackBot robots. It includes three cameras and greater flexibility to customize its abilities with a variety of sensors and other tools. iRobot’s PackBot robots are used on dozens of …

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Leading to the Terminator?

HOD LIPSON, EVOLUTIONARY ROBOTICIST www.mae.cornell.edu/lipson Hod Lipson, Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Computing & Information Science at Cornell University, is deeply involved in a variety of robot research programs that use biological models in the quest for robots that are self-designing and capable …

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