In This Issue ...
08 Ask Mr. Roboto
Our resident expert on all things robotic.
with Eric Ostendorff
Television's B- 9 robot from Irwin Allen's famous “Lost In
Space” show of the 1960s is often cited by hobbyists as an
inspiration to build a robot. One of its most endearing traits
was its ability to speak. So, just how hard is it to add voice
to your DIY robot?
12 Distortions Unlimited: Where
Monsters Positively Exist
Animatronics for the Do-It-Yourselfer
by Steve Koci
If these folks look familiar, it’s likely you saw them back in
2011 on the Travel Channel TV show, “Making Monsters.”
The fine folks at Distortions Unlimited really know how to
bring creep creatures to life, and I got the chance to watch
30 Boost Your Creativity with
by Dave Prochnow
We take the new BOOST programmable brick by LEGO for a
test drive. Is it a valid replacement for MINDSTORMS or is it
a powerful stepping stone in robot building? In this review,
we put the new system through its paces and see how it
compares to the robotics flagship of the LEGO family.
35 The Lynxmotion Quadrino
Nano Flight Controller
The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist
by John Leeman
I was thrilled when RobotShop offered to let me evaluate
their Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano flight controller module.
This flight controller hits many of the check boxes for most
hobbyists in a tiny package. We will unbox and install the
Quadrino on our homebuilt quad, and play with some of the
settings to get into the air.
44 Simulating a Swarm
by John Blankenship
It’s wonderful if you can afford to buy a fleet of high-tech
robots to experiment with swarm behavior, but if you can’t,
there are simulators that allow you to experiment for free.
Using RoboBASIC, you can explore swarm behavior
anywhere you have spare time and a computer.
48 Punkin Chunker V: Season of
the Linear Servo
Twin Tweaks: Twin brothers hack stuff & write about it.
by Bryce and Evan Woolley
Just like the inevitable new entry in the perennial horror
movie franchise of the day, another October means another
punkin chunkin robot. This year, our project is something
that we have been seeking for a long time: a simple and
effective solution for linear motion.
54 Interfacing an FPGA PMOD
Sensor with the Digilent ARTY
FPGA Board — Part 3
by Steven Howell
In this third and final part of our series, we show how the
final bitstream can be downloaded to the ARTY board, and
the Xilinx hardware debugger used to observe the data
results coming from the PMOD sensors.
59 Unique Robots Over the
Then & Now: Advances in robotics from the past up
by Tom Carroll
Underwater robots, entertainment robots, farming robots,
promotional robots — there seems to be no limit to the jobs
envisioned for robots to do. Check out these new and
improved bots that build on past designs.
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19 Bots in Brief
• Tracking Boxes with
• Getting Persistent
• Time for a TurtleBot
• My Favorite Martian
• Crafty Little Fellow
• Use Pepper for Your
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