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Motion is where it's at in the robot world. In fact, the authors of this book claim that if it doesn't move, it isn't a robot. Dennis Clark and Michael Owings deliver all the goods on locomotion -- the capability of a robot to move from place to place. Best of all, they make it fun to learn and instill confidence in the novice.
Building Robot Drive Trains has been logically planned out and very well executed. The authors begin with locomotion (motor) basics and proceed in a well mapped out approach. Chapter 2 delivers an overview of the direct current (DC) motor, Hobby servo, and Stepper motor, including sizing information for specific power needs. This serves as the basic requirement needed to prepare the reader for the specific details on each of the motor types provided in Chapters 3, 4, and 5, respectively.
Next, the authors convey a wealth of information on mounting techniques, controlling motors, electrical wiring, and micro controller interfacing. They also cover some electronics, such as H-bridges (an H pattern formed by the transistors and the motor) and motor drive chips circuits; motor control programming; and, proportional integral differential (PID) loops. Finally, the authors tackle the details of using wheels, treads, tank tracks, multipods, and legs powered by variants of the standard electric motor.
Whether you're inexperienced or a mechanical wiz, this book is recommended reading for anyone interested in robot building. The authors' first-rate presentation of the use of motors can only enhance your expertise, and there's no doubt that Building Robot Drive Trains delivers a real "mobile" experience. John Vacca
John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.