Junkbots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots with Beam Technology / Edition 1

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Overview

Create a cool robot from scratch--in just a few hours!

Ever wonder what to do with those discarded items in your junk drawer? Now you can use electronic parts from old Walkmans, spare remote controls, even paper clips to build your very own autonomous robots and gizmos. Get step-by-step instructions from the Junkbot masters for creating simple and fun self-guiding robots safely and easily using common and not-so-common objects from around the house--or within a quick shopping trip away. Using BEAM technology, ordinary tools, salvaged electronic bits, and the occasional dead toy, you'll be able to construct a solar-powered obstacle-avoiding device, engineer a mini-sumo-wrestling robot, build a motorized walking robot bug, and much more. So grab your screwdriver, raid that dumpster, and join the robot-building revolution!

  • Get an overview of basic electronics, robot construction methods, and learn the difference between "dead bug" and "live bug" electronics
  • Identify the essential tools you need for mechanical assembly and gain important safety tips
  • Find out why BEAM robotics is a growing alternative to traditional CPU-based robotics
  • Learn "dumpster diving" strategies for collecting prime robot construction material that's available no other way
  • Use a cell phone battery or solar panel from a calculator to create dual-power sources for your robot
  • Understand how to use soldering equipment and various support tools
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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072226010
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/27/2002
  • Series: Consumer Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 363,019
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Table of Contents

1: Welcome to the World of Simple Robotics!

2: BEAM Safety: Read This Before Building a Robot

3: Identifying Electronic Bits

4: Electronics Assembly Techniques

5: Tools and Mechanical Assembly Techniques

6: Dumpster Diving 101: How to Scavenge Robot Parts

7: Project 1: The Symet: An Introduction to Solar Powered Robotics

8: Project 2: The Solaroller: BEAM-Style Drag Racer

9: Project 3: The Herbie Photovore

10: Project 4: The Bicore Headbot

11: Project 5: The BEAM Magbot Pendulum

12: Project 6: The BEAM Mini-Sumo Wrestling Edgebot

13: Project 7: The BEAM Walking Robot

14: Biomech Motor Bridges and the Adaptive Bicore

A: Resources for More BEAM Information

B: Materials and Techniques of BEAM Robotics

C: Technical SchematicsIndex
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    great book

    IT is a GREAT book i recomend it to any one.You can make robots out of old casset players. Very cool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    Perfect for beginners and a lot of fun

    This book was excellent. I found it very easy to read and follow along with. The layout was fantastic, it starts with general literature about robotics and then goes over safety and also a very good chapter on electronics. I particularly liked the information regarding soldering. Another great chapter is focused on retrieving parts for old scrap lying around the house. Once through these sections you jump right into building stuff. There are seven projects and they progress through difficulty levels. I believe that just about anyone could get through all of them and have a nice little collection of bots on there shelf when done. In addition, you don't have to spend much money to get through all of the projects. Most of the parts required are gathered from old toys and other junk that most people have sitting in the attic (my nephews were extremely helpful with supplying me old toys that they were throwing out). This book is an excellent place to start learning about robotics. The knowledge and experience I gained working through the projects was well worth the expense of the book and time it took to read. I recommend that anyone wanting to understand the basics of robotics and simple electrical circuits to make them function should pick up a copy of Junkbots and have some fun.

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