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CREATE A ROBOT THAT GOES WHERE NO ROBOT HAS GONE BEFORE
Imagine it — a tough robot that travels where you can't (even in total darkness), sees what lies hidden from your eyes, reports back instantaneously with live color video and audio, and can even converse with the carbon-based life forms it encounters — all for less than $200!
It's no dream. Once again, it's Brad Graham and Kathy McGowan to the rescue! The imaginative creators of the most original bike-builder's guide in the universe now bring their beginner-friendly, budget-savvy, heavily illustrated, and creativity-packed methods to the exciting world of robotics.
Inside Build Your Own All-Terrain Robot, Brad and Kathy help even total newcomers to robots and home workshops to construct a rugged, video-controlled, talking, seeing, interacting explorer 'bot with a range of over a mile for under $200!
This book may be the easy way into the world of video-controlled robotics, but it delivers exciting results! It gives you all the help you need to:
* Follow easy plans, illustrations, and instructions to build a talented, versatile, and rugged off-road robot
* Make your robot your alter-ego — see what it sees, hear what it hears, and speak with anyone it meets
* Control you robot from a block away using a video link
* Customize the chassis to suit your own needs — several design ideas are presented with a variety of options
* Develop an explorer robot with serious scientific capabilities
* Teach your robot to think for itself with free software
* And much, much more!
BUILD "EARTH EXPLORER"!
Whether you have serious scientific objectives or just want to surprise your pals, you don't have to dream of owning a video-controlled robot anymore. You can build a sophisticated 'bot for less than you ever imagined!
|Chapter 1||An Introduction to Video-Controlled Robots||1|
|Meet the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle)||2|
|Examples of ROVs in the Real World||14|
|Chapter 2||An Overview of the Technologies Used in This Book||27|
|Remote Control Transmitters and Receivers||34|
|Audio and Video Transmitters||38|
|CCD Video Cameras||39|
|Chapter 3||Choosing the Right Parts for the Job||43|
|Planning Your Overall Design||44|
|Finding Suitable Wheels||49|
|DC Motors and Gear Boxes||51|
|Choosing Adequate Batteries||55|
|Steering and Drive Train Considerations||60|
|Chapter 4||Planning and Building the Frame||69|
|Everything Has a Place||70|
|Mounting the Wheels||81|
|Adding a Battery Compartment||93|
|Installing the Motors||101|
|Transmission and Gear Ratios||108|
|Housing the Electronics||116|
|Chapter 5||Remote Control Operations||125|
|Basic Hobby RC Fundamentals||126|
|Decoding Hobby Receiver Signals||130|
|Other RC Possibilities||134|
|Chapter 6||Motor-Speed Control||141|
|Basic RC Fundamentals||142|
|Pulse-Width Modulation Motor Control||153|
|Shaft Encoder Basics||163|
|Chapter 7||Video Cameras and Transmitters||171|
|Getting Longer Range||182|
|Chapter 8||Camera Control and Lighting||187|
|Pan and Tilt Using Servo Motors||188|
|Movable Head with Lights and Camera||191|
|Using Night Vision||217|
|Chapter 9||Safety and Obstacle Avoidance||223|
|The Basic Bump Switch||224|
|Adding a Kill Switch||228|
|Chapter 10||All-Weather Body Design||233|
|Planning Your Cover Design||234|
|Using Wood and Fiberglass||237|
|Making a Cover From Sheet Metal||255|
|Chapter 11||Houston, We Have a Problem||273|
|Common Problems and Solutions||274|
|Ideas for Your Next Project||278|
|Chapter 12||Sources for Parts and Information||283|
|Where to Find Parts||284|
Posted August 13, 2005
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! RayWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.