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PROJECT: Outdoor Robotics Power Plant

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A hybrid power supply using a 4-stroke engine and an alternatorby Ken Gracey, Parallax Inc.kgracey@parallax.comRobot magazine is pleased to publish pioneering research by Ken Gracey on a hybrid robot powerplant for outdoor applications. Read the full article in the Fall 07 issue of Robot, available August 1st. Here is a sneak peek at Ken’s design philosophy and approach, with a ... Read More »

PROJECT: MythBusters – Grant Imahara Discusses The VEX “PackBot” Project

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To explore the capabilities of the VEX Robotics System, we chose to build our simplified version of iRobot's PackBot (see ). The goal was for the robot to be able to climb stairs and small piles of debris using only VEX components. Sounds like a tall order, right? You bet. Fortunately, our friends at Radio Shack were kind enough to allow us to preview some of the exciting accessories planned for the VEX system, including tank treads, a programming kit, ultrasonic rangefinder sensors, and optical shaft encoders. ROBOT magazine provided us with a wireless remote camera distributed by Shulman Aviation to complete our PackBot's control package. Read More »