123 Robotics Experiments for the Evil Genius

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123 ROBOT EXPERIMENTS!

123 STEPS NEEDED TO BRING OUT THE GENIUS IN EVERY BASEMENT HOBBYIST!

If you enjoy tinkering in your workshop and have a fascination for robotics, you'll have hours of fun working through the 123 experiments found in this innovative project book.

More than just an enjoyable way to spend time, these exciting experiments also provide a solid grounding in robotics, electronics, and ...

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Overview

123 ROBOT EXPERIMENTS!

123 STEPS NEEDED TO BRING OUT THE GENIUS IN EVERY BASEMENT HOBBYIST!

If you enjoy tinkering in your workshop and have a fascination for robotics, you'll have hours of fun working through the 123 experiments found in this innovative project book.

More than just an enjoyable way to spend time, these exciting experiments also provide a solid grounding in robotics, electronics, and programming. Each experiment builds on the skills acquired in those before it so you develop a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts understanding of robotics — from the ground up.

123 Robotics Projects for the Evil Genius

* Introduces you to robotics, electronics, and programming for robotics step-by-step — you don't need to be a science whiz to get started, but you will be when you have finished

* Vividly explains the science behind robots and the technologies needed to build them, including: Electronics;

Mechanical assembly; Motors and batteries; Programming and microcontrollers

* Shows how you can create simple robots and models using materials found around the house and workroom

* Requires only inexpensive, easily obtained parts and tools

* Provides a PCB (printed circuit board) that will make it easy to create the circuits used in this book as well as your own experiments

* Gives you directions for building a maze-solving robot, two different designs for a light-seeking robot, an artificial intelligence program that will respond to you, and much more

* Explains underlying principles and suggests other applications

* Supplies parts lists and program listings

IMAGINATIVE EXPERIMENTS THAT TEACH THE BASICS — WHILE PROVIDING HOURS OF FUN!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071413589
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/23/2004
  • Series: Evil Genius Series
  • Edition description: Printed Circuit Board Included
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 355
  • Sales rank: 580,814
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Myke Predko is a New Technologies Test Engineer at Celestica in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of McGraw-Hill's Programming and Customizing PICMicro Microcontrollers, Second Edition, and is the principal designer of the TAB Electronics Sumo-Bot.

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Table of Contents

Myke's Rules of Robotics ix
Section 1 Introduction to Robots 1
Experiment 1 Toilet Paper Roll Mandroid 2
Experiment 2 Pipe Cleaner Insect 5
Experiment 3 LEGO Mobile Robots 7
Experiment 4 Cardboard Arm 10
Section 2 Robot Structures 15
Experiment 5 Cutting Plywood 17
Experiment 6 Strengthening Structures 20
Experiment 7 Finishing Wood 22
Experiment 8 A Gaggle of Glues 24
Experiment 9 Nuts and Bolts 25
Experiment 10 Soldering and Splicing Wires 28
Experiment 11 Assembling the Included PCB 31
Section 3 Basic Electrical Theory 35
Experiment 12 Electrical Circuits and Switches 37
Experiment 13 Electrical Circuits and Switches 40
Experiment 14 Voltage Measurement 41
Experiment 15 Resistors and Voltage Drops 44
Experiment 16 Current Measurement and Ohm's Law 46
Experiment 17 Kirchoff's Voltage Law and Series Loads 48
Experiment 18 Variable Resistors 50
Experiment 19 Kirchoff's Current Law and Parallel Loads 53
Experiment 20 Thevinin's Equivalency 55
Experiment 21 Power 57
Experiment 22 Batteries 59
Section 4 Magnetic Devices 63
Experiment 23 Electromagnets 65
Experiment 24 Relays 67
Experiment 25 Measuring the Earth's Magnetic Field 69
Experiment 26 Direct Current (DC) Motor 71
Section 5 Drivetrains 75
Experiment 27 Motor-Driven Crane 77
Experiment 28 Pulleys Added to Crane 79
Experiment 29 Switch DC Motor "H-Bridge" 80
Experiment 30 Differential Drive Robot Chassis 82
Experiment 31 Stepper Motors 85
Experiment 32 Muscle Wire 88
Section 6 Semiconductors 91
Experiment 33 Diodes 93
Experiment 34 Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) 95
Experiment 35 NPN Transistor and Two-LED Lighting Control 97
Experiment 36 Driving a Motor with a Transistor 99
Experiment 37 Bipolar PNP Transistor Motor Control 102
Experiment 38 Transistor Motor H-Bridge 104
Section 7 Our Friend, the 555 Chip 107
Experiment 39 Blinking LEDs 109
Experiment 40 555 Button Debounce 112
Experiment 41 R/C Servo Control 114
Experiment 42 Light-Seeking Robot 117
Section 8 Optoelectronics 121
Experiment 43 Different Color LEDs 124
Experiment 44 Changing an LED's Brightness 126
Experiment 45 Multisegment LEDs 128
Experiment 46 Optoisolator Lock and Key 131
Experiment 47 White/Black Surface Sensor 133
Experiment 48 Line-Following Robot 135
Section 9 Audio Electronics 139
Experiment 49 Buzzers 141
Experiment 50 Basic Transistor Oscillator Code Practice Tool 143
Experiment 51 Electronic Stethoscope 145
Experiment 52 Sound-Level Meter 148
Section 10 Digital Logic 151
Experiment 53 Basic Gate Operation 153
Experiment 54 CMOS Touch Switch 155
Experiment 55 Bipolar Transistor-Based TTL "NOT" Gate 158
Experiment 56 Sum of Product Circuits 161
Experiment 57 Common Logic Built from the NOR Gate 163
Experiment 58 XORs and Adders 166
Experiment 59 Pull-Ups/Pull-Downs 168
Experiment 60 Mickey Mouse Logic 170
Section 11 Power Supplies 173
Experiment 61 Zener Diodes 175
Experiment 62 Linear Power Supply 177
Experiment 63 Switch Mode Power Supply 179
Section 12 Sequential Logic Circuits 183
Experiment 64 RS Flip Flops 185
Experiment 65 Edge-Triggered Flip Flops 187
Experiment 66 Full D Flip Flop 189
Experiment 67 Flip Flop Reset 191
Experiment 68 Parallel Data 193
Experiment 69 Traffic Lights 194
Experiment 70 Shift Registers 198
Experiment 71 Christmas Decoration 200
Experiment 72 Random Movement Robot 203
Experiment 73 Counters 205
Experiment 74 Schmitt Trigger Inputs and Button Debounce 207
Experiment 75 PWM Generation 209
Section 13 Learning to Program Using the Parallax BASIC Stamp 2 213
Experiment 76 Loading BASIC Stamp Windows Editor Software on Your PC 214
Experiment 77 Connecting the PCB and BS2 to Your PC and Running Your First Application 216
Experiment 78 Saving Your Applications on Your PC 218
Experiment 79 The "Hello World!" Application Explained 220
Experiment 80 Variables and Data Types 222
Experiment 81 Number Data Formats 224
Experiment 82 ASCII Characters 226
Experiment 83 Variable Arrays 228
Experiment 84 Using Mathematical Operators in the Assignment Statement 230
Experiment 85 Creating Simple Program Loops 232
Experiment 86 Conditionally Looping 233
Experiment 87 "Power Off" Application 235
Experiment 88 Conditionally Executing Code 236
Experiment 89 Advanced Conditional Execution 238
Experiment 90 Using the "for" Loop in Your Application 239
Experiment 91 Saving Code Space Using Subroutines 242
Section 14 Interfacing Hardware to the BASIC Stamp 2 247
Experiment 92 Controlling an LED 249
Experiment 93 Cylon Eye 250
Experiment 94 Hitachi 44780-Controlled Liquid Crystal Display 252
Experiment 95 Musical Tone Output 254
Experiment 96 Electronic Dice 256
Experiment 97 Keypad Input 257
Experiment 98 Resistance Measurement 259
Experiment 99 PWM Analog Voltage Output 261
Experiment 100 R-2R Digital-to-Analog Converter 262
Section 15 Sensors 265
Experiment 101 bLiza, the Snarky Computer 267
Experiment 102 Multiple Seven-segment Displays 271
Experiment 103 RCtime Light Sensor 273
Experiment 104 Differential Light Sensors 275
Experiment 105 Sound Control 278
Experiment 106 Robot "Whiskers" 280
Experiment 107 IR Object Sensors 283
Section 16 Mobile Robots 287
Experiment 108 DC Motor Control Base with H-Bridge Drivers 289
Experiment 109 State Machine Programming 292
Experiment 110 Robot Moth Example 294
Experiment 111 Random Movement Explained 296
Experiment 112 Remote-Control Car Robot Base 298
Experiment 113 R/C Servo Setup 300
Experiment 114 Controlling Multiple Servos 303
Experiment 115 Robot Artist 305
Experiment 116 Parallax's "GUI-Bot" Programming Interface 308
Experiment 117 Stepper Motor Control 311
Experiment 118 Infrared Two-Way Communications 314
Section 17 Navigation 319
Experiment 119 Line-Following Robot 321
Experiment 120 Wall-Following Robot 324
Experiment 121 Ultrasonic Distance Measurement 326
Experiment 122 Hall Effect Compass 330
Experiment 123 NMEA GPS Interface 332
PBASIC Reference 335
Acknowledgments 341
Index 343
About the Author 357
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    This book is great for hobbyist in electronics mostly robotics

    This book is a very helpful on robotics it first starts out on the basics and then move on to the advanced like programing and such.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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