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BOT PROJECTS: Tetrix Prime Project – Part II

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From: Pitsco Education Pitsco Education TETRIX Robotics TETRIX PRIME Robotics The next step was supposed to be to add the microcontroller and advanced mechanisms.  Well… I got to part of that.  I decided, with this one (as well as the TETRIX MAX Project) that the first step was to make the platform fully four wheel drive so that part has ... Read More »

EDITOR'S BENCH: RoboClaw 2x5A Motor Controller

  From: Servo City Made by ION Motion Control and used in the Robot Magazine Runt Rover Bogie Project to control it’s motors. RoboClaw 2x5A Motor Controller Thanks ServoCity! www.servocity.com www.ionmc.com Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: VEX EDR Project – Part II

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From: VEX Robotics VEX Robotics VEX EDR Platform Ok… this one is really fun to drive!  It looks so tough cruising around and sounds even better! Project Plan: This kit comes as what VEX Robotics calls a “Clawbot”. Having built one Clawbot from scratch and having repaired one that managed to get damaged in all it’s Robot Magazine endeavors, I ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: TETRIX Max Project – Part II

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From: Pitsco Education Pitsco Education TETRIX Robotics TETRIX MAX Robotics Ok… The next step was supposed to be to add the microcontroller and advanced mechanisms.  Well… I got to part of that.  I decided that the first step was to make the platform fully four wheel drive (with the idea that at some point we might want to put off ... Read More »

EDITOR'S BENCH: Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano

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From: Robotshop & Lynxmotion This little gem is designed as a MultiRotor controller but it has many of the necessities of a standard ground robot as well. One of these will be used in a Robot Magazine Test Build of the new HQuad 500 Quadrotor coming from Robotshop and we are working with Robotshop to get the necessary information to ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: Vexplorer Project – Part I

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From: The Robot Magazine Shelves & VEX Robotics Ok… This is a “Make Something Out Of What’s Laying Around” sort of thing. In this case, we had a quite old Vexplorer robot which had missing and broken parts. We also had an older VEX PIC Micro-controller and Wireless Transmitter & Receiver Kit. So… let’s see what can be done with ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: Fischertechnik TXT Discovery Set I

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From: Studica’s Fischertechnik This is an ideal kit for introduction to robotics and the introduction to programming stationary and mobile robots. Project Plan: Work through the entire Fischertechnik robotics circuit and report on the activities. Status: Kit setup complete. Next Steps: Work through the 14 Robotic Models and complete the fully operational “Soccer Robot” Reader Input: I will do my ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: VEX IQ Super Kit Project I

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From: Vex Robotics This is the fully functional, sensored-up for the younger crowd. Out of the box it comes with complete RC control via the Vex IQ Microcontroller/Brain and wireless controller. The fully appointed kit build yields the Vex IQ version of the Clawbot but is laden with sensors right out of the box. Sensors include: Bumper Switches, Gyro Sensor, ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: VEX EDR Project – Part I

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From: VEX Robotics This is one of the very popular, main-stay, heavy duty robotic construction kits on the market. Steel construction components, nuts & bolts and heavy duty servo motors for locomotion. Fully RC and Autonomous out of the box after the initial build. The Cortex Microcontroller and wireless controller make this kit one that allows you to get right ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: Tetrix Prime Project – Part I

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From: Pitsco Education This kit is one of the robot building platforms where few tools are needed. Aluminum construction beam components combined with composite joints and plastic rivets, brass axle bearing bushings, fully RC ready with a TETRIX 4-Channel transmitter and matching receiver and Servo Motors. The kit also comes complete with a builder’s guide which contains plans for building ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: Tetrix Max Project – Part I

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From: Pitsco Education This is one of the Heavy Duty robot building platforms. Aluminum construction components, brass axle bearing bushings, fully RC ready with a Futaba 4-Channel transmitter and matching receiver, motor controller and 12V – 152 RPM motors. The kit also comes complete with a builder’s guide which contains lesson plans for teaching robotics. I am looking forward to ... Read More »

BOT BOOKS: Marine Robot Autonomy

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by Mae L. Seto (Editor) Autonomy for Marine Robots provides a timely and insightful overview of intelligent autonomy in marine robots. A brief history of this emerging field is provided, along with a discussion of the challenges unique to the underwater environment and their impact on the level of intelligent autonomy required. Topics covered at length examine advanced frameworks, pathplanning, fault tolerance, machine learning, and cooperation as relevant to marine ... Read More »

BOT PROJECTS: ROBOTIS MINI Project I

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From: ROBOTIS What can I say about the ROBOTIS MINI? Easily one of the most enjoyable projects I have had to-date. The completed build, along with the varied control toolbox and pre-programmed movement files make this kit a must have for anyone interested in venturing into humanoid robotics. Project Plan: Some basic customization… perhaps the addition of sensors and telemetry? ... Read More »