Intermediate Robot Building

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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 ...

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Overview

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 the 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 engineersand you'll experience many of the same challenges and joys they feel when a robot "comes to life."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590593738
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Series: Technology in Action Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (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 RobotRoom.com.

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Table of Contents

About the author
About the technical reviewer
Acknowledgments
Preface
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Amazing

    This book looks like the first one, but filled with more information. I'm looking forward to buying it and I think I will enjoy this book and building Roundabout because I enjoyed reading the first book and building Sandwich.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    A course in analog electronics

    Very cool narrative aimed straight at the hardcore tinkerer. For the restless kid inside you, that really digged hands on experience, and who perhaps is left neglected by all this software/web browsing. There are sections of the book that could have been written in the 1970s and 1980s. Like chapters 9 and 10, Driving Miss Motor and Driving Mister Motor. The descriptions of the discrete components and putting them together on a breadboard in something like an npn or pnp motor driver circuit seem so much from that period. Nothing wrong about this, I might add. Much of the progress in electronics has been at ever decreasing dimensions of logic circuitry. But at the macroscopic level, where you might have to supply enough power to move a robot, for instance, much of the lessons of then are still state of the art. Cook provides here a grand tour of many tasks you might need to perform to make a nifty robot. Quite aside from whic, it also gives you a good exposure to analog electronics and electromechanical design.

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