In the “Geerhead: Medieval Automatons” article, there
was a small error: Strassbourg is in France, not in Germany.
Okay, they speak German there, but it really is a French city.
Strassbourg is the capital of the Alsace region, which the
French “inherited” after WW-I.
We have a technical loophole in that it still belonged to the
Germans during the period we are talking about, so it was
in Germany then.
— David Geer, Columnist
Regarding Tom Carroll’s article in the April issue, where
are Elektro and Sparko now? Someone within Westinghouse
must have some idea where they are today.
Your Email was forwarded to me for a reply. We do not
exactly know what happened to Elektro and Sparko. I do
know that Elektro was brought out of mothballs and put
back onstage with Sparko here in Pittsburgh, PA, in the year
1949, but .... after that ... we just don't know — fascinating
characters, Electro and Sparko!
George Westinghouse Museum
Leave it to SERVO to find Elektro and Sparko! In the coming
issues, you will learn what these robots have been up to.
I've really enjoyed the article series by John Myszkowski
and his passing is a great loss to the hobby robotics
Whether you have a build, code, or theory to share, SERVO wants to
know what you — the resident of the robot workshop — are creating.
We want you to Email us your article submissions. Some topics of
• Sensors and signal processing
• Mechanical fabrication
• Software techniques
• Data protocols
• Unique drive geometries
• Material selection and use
• Distributed communication
In Loving Memory ...
We are saddened to report the passing of John
Myszkowski, our Cutting Edge Robotics project writer. John
came onboard starting with the January issue and put a
remarkable amount of effort and creativity into his work.
We always looked
forward to his next C. E.
installment and never
really expected it to end.
One of his coworkers — a
fellow roboteer — hopes
to complete John’s goals
with the C. E. series in
the next few months.
A resident of
Ontario, Canada, John is
survived by his wife and
two children. He will be
deeply missed by the
staff of SERVO and its
Dear SERVO readers,
There is an error in my article, “Bot Builder + Couch
Potato,” in the May issue of SERVO Magazine. On page 61,
in the section headed “Programming the RCA Universal
Remote,” in the second paragraph after the heading, the
code to type in is 1002 not 1001.
I liked your May 2004 “Mind/Iron” editorial, but I think
there is a dangerous line between "basic English" and "sales
English." Selling a product is obviously an important job and
many engineers do well at it, but over-hyping things can get
you into trouble. If things are oversold, there's too much
expectation and, when the miracles don't happen, the basics
are forgotten. I think that's what happened with the DARPA
Grand Challenge and it's important for both DARPA and the
companies involved to explain things in a basic way. Too
much hype is just as bad as too much detail.
Keep up the good work with SERVO. Maybe one of
these days my kids will force me to buy a real robot!
Announcing Our New Area Code
As of July 17, our area code will change from (909) to (951).
This will affect both our phone and fax numbers.
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