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Robotics should be challenging enough to be fun but easy and cheap enough for mere mortals. You shouldn’t need your own machine shop or a posse of eager graduate students ready to serve your every whim.
Fortunately, “easy” and “cheap” won’t prevent you from building some very cool robots. Nature specializes in using available materials and appropriate technology -- and in generating designs of uncanny elegance. If “Mom” can do it, so can you.
The cheap, easy approach to robotics is best exemplified by Mark Tilden’s BEAM Technology. BEAM robots do great stuff despite having the most minimal brains imaginable. They use whatever you’ve got hanging around (don’t toss that broken Walkman). They run endlessly on solar power, yet they’re smart enough not to run under the bed and just stay there to die.
In this book, Mark Tilden and Dave Hrynkiw (president of Solarbotics, the No. 1 BEAM gear supplier) walk you through creating BEAM robots that walk, seek light, avoid obstacles, and do a whole lot more. Tilden and Hrynkiw are friendly, enthusiastic guides, full of great advice. If you’ve wanted to get involved with robotics but couldn’t overcome the “intimidation” factor, your time has come. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.