Build Your Own Humanoid Robots: 6 Amazing and Affordable Projects

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GREAT 'DROIDS, INDEED!

This unique guide to sophisticated robotics projects brings humanoid robot construction home to the hobbyist. Written by a well-known figure in the robotics community, Build Your Own Humanoid Robots provides step-by-step directions for 6 exciting projects, each costing less than $300. Together, they form the essential ingredients for making your own humanoid robot.

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Overview

GREAT 'DROIDS, INDEED!

This unique guide to sophisticated robotics projects brings humanoid robot construction home to the hobbyist. Written by a well-known figure in the robotics community, Build Your Own Humanoid Robots provides step-by-step directions for 6 exciting projects, each costing less than $300. Together, they form the essential ingredients for making your own humanoid robot.

Build Your Own Humanoid Robots & Amazing and Affordable Projects

Serious enough to interest robot professionals, the plans inside offer serious fun to hobbyists. They give you the power to breathe life into a mechanical being with amazingly human qualities, and feature all the instructions you need for programming the inexpensive chips that give your humanoid brains and sensitivity.

6 Astounding Projects:

* Robotic Arm, Wrist, and Hand. Build a versatile robotic arm system to give your humanoid the ability to manipulate objects/ A PIC microcontroller provides motor control and feedback.

* Personal Computer Interface. Learn how to interface the robot arm or any other robotics project to a personal computer for complete control and feedback.

* Visual Basic Control Software. Develop flexible bidirectional communications software to control the robot arm or other projects from your personal computer.

* Voice Recognition Control. Make your robotic arm and walking robot obey your spoken commands with this completely embedded control system that can also be used for many other applications.

* Expressive, Speaking Face. Enable your robot to show happiness, surprise, excitement, anger, and more, as it speaks any words you transmit electronically.

* Bipedal Walking Robot. It's your own amazing small scale, fully autonomous robot! Learn about sensors, analog-to-digital converters, DC motor control, microcontrollers, feedback, and control systems.

Also included is the background information regarding construction materials, test equipment, printed circuit board fabrication, microcontrollers, and programming and design considerations needed to create the humanoid robot projects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071422741
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/23/2004
  • Series: TAB Robotics Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 211
  • Sales rank: 1,265,315
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Williams is an independent robotics researcher, electronics guru, and software developer. He is the author of the popular robotics guide Insectronics: Build Your Own Six Legged Walking Robot and the follow-up Amphibionics: Build Your Own Biologically Inspired Robots, both from TAB/McGraw-Hill. A resident of Ontario, Canada, he has written for the magazines Nuts and Volts, SERVO, and Conformity. Winner of an IBM award for his design of a computer-controlled robotic arm, he hosts a robotics and electronics Website. He is with AGFA HealthCare Informatics, a leading medical imaging software company.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Tools, Test Equipment, and Materials

Chapter 2: Printed Circuit Board Fabrication

Chapter 3: Microcontrollers and PIC Programming

Chapter 4: Humanoid Robotics Design Considerations

Chapter 5: Build Your Own Robot Arm, Gripper, and Serial Servo Controller

Chapter 6: Visual Basic 6 Robot Interface Software

Chapter 7: Speech Recognition

Chapter 8: Build Your Own Humanoid Head

Chapter 9: Build Your Own Bipedal Walking Robot
Summary
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    It would be a better book if┬┐

    Karl Williams would get up and post the source code and complied version of the servo controller interface like was promised on the first page of the chapter. I have been to the web site mentioned in the book once a day for the past month (4/22/2004 ¿ 5/29/2004) and the book which was published on MARCH, 26 th 2004 is still listed, by the author as ¿coming soon!¿. I have e-mailed Karl Williams at both e-mail accounts listed on his two web sites. I do not have the $185 to buy VB. I barely had the $86 for the parts for the arm and controller project. If I can¿t get the compiled code soon I will have to send the parts back for a refund. IF I do that and return the book I might be able to get VB at a computer show. My next step is to contact the publisher about this. Otherwise the projects were fairly nice.

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