In This Issue ...
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
by Jeff and Jenn Eckert
• Things Looking Up for Assemblers
• Man vs. Moto
• Robot Drive Innovation
• Win Big Bucks!
• Say “Cheese”
11 Drone Delivery — Part 2
The Multi-Rotor Hobbyist
by John Leeman
Last month, we gave our drone hands with a servo
controller gripper. We could fly around and drop off
packages on command, but I’m a big fan of automation. It
was hard to judge when I was in the vicinity where I
wanted to open the gripper. This month, we’ll experiment
with adding GPS into the system to automatically open the
gripper when we are within range of our target.
28 A Time to Plow
by Elyse Colihan
For the past seven years, robotics teams from all over the
United States and Canada have been travelling to Saint
Paul, MN during the brutal Minnesota winter to showcase
their creation of autonomous vehicles able to plow snow
from designated paths.
34 Make a Splash with an
Underwater Quadcopter ROV
by Theron Wierenga
We’ll continue and complete this fun robotic underwater
remotely operated vehicle with a description of the PCB.
We’ll also tidy up the circuit and minimize the length of the
42 RobotBASIC Robots for
by John Blankenship
Readers that have never built a robot often find the low-level programming needed to control motors and
interrogate sensors to be intimidating. This final article in a
two-part series shows how easy it is to add sensors to the
inexpensive motorized platforms developed last month.
46 Neato + ROS = Robot
by Camp Peavy
As difficult as robot navigation can be, it has never been
easier to give your automaton the ability to know where it
52 Helping Educators Teach
by Ken Gracey
Appetizer: Guest-hosted column with different
perspectives and opinions on all things robotic.
Celebrating their 20th year in education, Parallax is making
a much deeper commitment in 2018 with free Professional
Development courses for up to 500 educators in 12
locations across the US.
54 New Kids on the ServoBlock
Twin Tweaks: Twin brothers hack whatever’s put in
front of them, then tell you about it.
by Bryce and Evan Woolley
See how to supercharge your standard servos so they can
better handle significant lateral loads.
60 Robots that Cook and
Then & Now: Advances in robotics from the past up
by Tom Carroll
One task that seems to take a lot of time is cooking and
handling foods. Automation and the application of robotic
operations is quickly becoming a viable option for those in
the food industry.
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