Build Your Own All-Terrain Robot / Edition 1

Build Your Own All-Terrain Robot / Edition 1

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by Brad Graham, Kathy McGowan
     
 

ISBN-10: 007143741X

ISBN-13: 9780071437417

Pub. Date: 04/30/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

Remotely operated robots are becoming increasingly popular because they allow the operators to explore areas that may not normally be easily accessible. The use of video-controlled technology has sparked a growing public interest not just in hobbyists, but also in the areas of research, space, archeology, deep-sea exploration, and even the military.

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Overview

Remotely operated robots are becoming increasingly popular because they allow the operators to explore areas that may not normally be easily accessible. The use of video-controlled technology has sparked a growing public interest not just in hobbyists, but also in the areas of research, space, archeology, deep-sea exploration, and even the military.

Significant changes in the technology marketplace have made the creation of an all-terrain, video controlled robot accessible to even the amateur robotic hobbyist.

There are many robotics project books currently on the market, but most are targeted to hobbyists, and are strictly for indoor use. This book has the ideal mix of “brains and brawn,” making it appealing to hobbyists and interested professionals alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071437417
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
04/30/2004
Series:
Tab Robotics Ser.
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.61(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Chapter 1An Introduction to Video-Controlled Robots1
Meet the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle)2
Examples of ROVs in the Real World14
Chapter 2An Overview of the Technologies Used in This Book27
Electric Motors28
Motor-Speed Controllers31
Remote Control Transmitters and Receivers34
Audio and Video Transmitters38
CCD Video Cameras39
Chapter 3Choosing the Right Parts for the Job43
Planning Your Overall Design44
Finding Suitable Wheels49
DC Motors and Gear Boxes51
Choosing Adequate Batteries55
Steering and Drive Train Considerations60
Chapter 4Planning and Building the Frame69
Everything Has a Place70
Mounting the Wheels81
Adding a Battery Compartment93
Installing the Motors101
Transmission and Gear Ratios108
Housing the Electronics116
Chapter 5Remote Control Operations125
Basic Hobby RC Fundamentals126
Decoding Hobby Receiver Signals130
Other RC Possibilities134
Chapter 6Motor-Speed Control141
Basic RC Fundamentals142
Pulse-Width Modulation Motor Control153
Shaft Encoder Basics163
Chapter 7Video Cameras and Transmitters171
Video-Camera Basics172
Video-Transmitter Basics178
Getting Longer Range182
Chapter 8Camera Control and Lighting187
Pan and Tilt Using Servo Motors188
Movable Head with Lights and Camera191
Using Night Vision217
Chapter 9Safety and Obstacle Avoidance223
The Basic Bump Switch224
Ultrasonic Sensors226
Adding a Kill Switch228
Chapter 10All-Weather Body Design233
Planning Your Cover Design234
Using Wood and Fiberglass237
Making a Cover From Sheet Metal255
Chapter 11Houston, We Have a Problem273
Common Problems and Solutions274
Ideas for Your Next Project278
Chapter 12Sources for Parts and Information283
Where to Find Parts284
Internet Sources289
Index293

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has all you need to build a robot that can handle the REAL world. Great info on motors, frames, remote control and video. Shows the complete build of 2 outdoor bots every step of the way. These are the kinds of bots that can search for mines, or perform military tasks - cool stuff! Not for geeks only interested in table top lego bots, but great for 'Big Toy' geeks like me! Ray
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for the builder out there who already knows how to assemble a robot. The book just gives suggestions on robot design, along with a few do's and don'ts. If you don't already know how to assemble a functioning robot, don't buy this book. The saving grace of this book is that VB code is included for the servos and such. Other than that, you're on your own.