Intermediate Robot Building / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $11.34
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 71%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $11.34   
  • New (10) from $21.94   
  • Used (5) from $11.34   


For readers of Robot Building for Beginners (Apress, 2002), welcome to the next level.

Intermediate Robot Building offers the kind of real-world knowledge that only an experienced robot builder can offer -- the kind of knowledge beginners usually have to learn through mistakes. In this book, you'll learn the value of a robot heartbeat and the purpose of the wavy lines in photocells. You'll find out what electronic part you should sand. You'll discover how a well-placed switch can help a robot avoid obstacles better than a pair of feelers. And you'll avoid mistakes that can cause a capacitor to explode. Want a robot that can explore rooms, follow lines, or battle opponents in mini-sumo? This book presents step-by-step instructions and circuit and part descriptions so that you can build the robot featured in this book or apply the modules to your own robot designs. Finally, you'll find the complete schematics for Roundabout, a room explorer that requires no programming and uses only off-the-shelf electronics. With Roundabout, you'll use many of the same techniques used by professional robotics engineers -- and you'll experience many of the same challenges and joys they feel when a robot "comes to life." Experience the next level of challenges with Intermediate Robot Building.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430227540
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,111,785
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cook is an engineering manager at Motorola. He has 20 years of experience as a software developer, creating everything from award-winning computer games to mobile background-check applications for police. Self-taught in electronics and basic mechanics, David explains his years of robot experiences to the average backyard scientist in a comfortable and helpful manner, without scholarly intimidation. David hosts the popular robot site
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

About the author
About the technical reviewer
Ch. 1 Assembling a modular robot 1
Ch. 2 Comparing two types of homemade motor couplers and common errors to avoid 11
Ch. 3 Making a fixture and drilling solid rods for a coupler 21
Ch. 4 Finishing the solid-rod motor coupler 43
Ch. 5 Building a motor inside a wheel 51
Ch. 6 Understanding the standards and setup for electronic experiments 73
Ch. 7 Creating a linear voltage-regulated power supply 95
Ch. 8 Making robot power supply improvements 121
Ch. 9 Driving miss motor 143
Ch. 10 Driving mister motor 173
Ch. 11 Creating an infrared modulated obstacle, opponent, and wall detector 213
Ch. 12 Fine-tuning the reflector detector 233
Ch. 13 Roundabout robot! 247
Ch. 14 Test driving roundabout 285
Ch. 15 If I only had a brain 309
Ch. 16 Building roundabout's daughterboard 341
Ch. 17 Adding the floor sensor module 369
Ch. 18 Cooking up some robot stew 393
App: Internet references 421
Index 423
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)