Androids: Build Your Own Lifelike Robots

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Create the next generation of AUTONOMOUS ANDROIDS!

Construct self-governing 'droids that display physiologically correct behaviors. Co-written by experts in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and medicine, Androids: Build Your Own Lifelike Robots features low-cost DIY projects that translate human physiology into cybernetics. Teach your creations to maneuver with an arsenal of behaviors, respond to stimuli, talk, and listen. This practical, inventive guide even ...

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Overview

Create the next generation of AUTONOMOUS ANDROIDS!

Construct self-governing 'droids that display physiologically correct behaviors. Co-written by experts in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and medicine, Androids: Build Your Own Lifelike Robots features low-cost DIY projects that translate human physiology into cybernetics. Teach your creations to maneuver with an arsenal of behaviors, respond to stimuli, talk, and listen. This practical, inventive guide even shows how to realistically simulate emotion and aging in your robots.

  • Understand cybernetic and robotics principles
  • Work with programmable microcontrollers
  • Choose and wire sensors, actuators, and servos
  • Program dazzling reflex arcs and behavior loops
  • Enable your automatons to speak and hear
  • Build beating hearts and limbs with flowing veins
  • Create breathing patterns that respond to triggers
  • Mimic humanoid feelings and facial expressions
  • Use prototyping kits and testing devices
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071814041
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/23/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 956,286
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Bergeron is author of two dozen books, 500+ magazine articles, holds several patents in the areas of human simulation and embedded systems, and is Editor-in-Chief of SERVO and Nuts & Volts magazines. He has designed and built human simulators for academia, the military, and commercial markets. Bryan is the author of Teardowns: Learn How Electronics Work by Taking Them Apart.

Thomas B. Talbot, Chief Scientist of the US ARMY TATRC Armed Forces Simulation Institute for Medicine, founded the medical simulation research & development program at the US Defense Department. He is the creator of several android systems used for training medics and healthcare professionals. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, Dr. Talbot is currently creating artificial intelligence-driven virtual humans and virtual reality psychotherapy and physical rehabilitation.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Reflex Arc
Chapter 2: Behavior Loops
Chapter 3: Thermal Equilibrium
Chapter 4: Light Response
Chapter 5: All Ears
Chapter 6: If It Bleeds, Can We Kill It
Chapter 7: A Heartbeat Away
Chapter 8: A Breath of Fresh Air
Chapter 9: Integrated Cybernetic System
Appendixes
Appendix A: Program Listing
Appendix B: Resources

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