Pic Robotics: A Beginner's Guide to Robotics Projects Using the Pic Micro

Overview

Complete, do-it-yourself robotics projects!

SMART 'BOTS!

* Artificial vision system that uses a CCD camera to track and follow brightly colored objects

* Bi-pedal robots that walk upright

* Functional robotic arm

* Easily programmed behavior-based robots

* Complete parts lists for all projects

* Step-by-step directions for several complete projects — inspiration for hundreds more

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Overview

Complete, do-it-yourself robotics projects!

SMART 'BOTS!

* Artificial vision system that uses a CCD camera to track and follow brightly colored objects

* Bi-pedal robots that walk upright

* Functional robotic arm

* Easily programmed behavior-based robots

* Complete parts lists for all projects

* Step-by-step directions for several complete projects — inspiration for hundreds more

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Dramatic improvements in technologies and significant cost reductions in 8-bit microprocessors have spawned a renaissance in robot building. PIC Robotics, from popular electronics author John Iovine, shows amateur (and professional) electronics enthusiasts how to get in on the fun, using the power of Microchip's versatile 8-bit PIC microprocessor family to build sophisticated robots more cheaply and easily than you thought possible.

With PIC Robotics, you can build robots that:

* Use a CCD camera to capture and follow a visual target

* Walk on two legs (bi-pedal walker)

* Walk on six legs (hexapodal walker)

* Obey verbal commands (speech recognition)

* Look for and track bright light sources

* And do it inexpensively!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071373241
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/2/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

John Iovine is the author of several popular TAB titles that explore the frontiers of scientific research. He has written Homemade Holograms: The Complete Guide to Inexpensive, Do-It-Yourself Holography; Robots, Androids, and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build, considered a cult classic; Kirlian Photography: A Hands-On Guide; Fantastic Electronics: Build Your Own Negative-Ion Generator and Other Projects; and A Step Into Virtual Reality. Mr. Iovine has also written extensively for Popular Electronics, Nuts & Volts, Electronics Now, and other periodicals.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Robot intelligence 1
Ch. 2 Installing the compiler 11
Ch. 3 Installing the EPIC software 19
Ch. 4 CodeDesigner 23
Ch. 5 Using DOS to code, compile, and program 37
Ch. 6 Testing the PIC microcontroller 49
Ch. 7 Intelligence 83
Ch. 8 Walter's turtle 87
Ch. 9 Braitenberg vehicles 125
Ch. 10 Hexapod walker 143
Ch. 11 Speech recognition 165
Ch. 12 Robotic arm 185
Ch. 13 Bipedal walker robot 225
Ch. 14 Color robotic vision system 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2004

    An excellent introduction to robotics with the PIC.

    I've been programming PIC Microcontrollers (with PIC Basic Pro) for a while now. They're really an invaluable tool for the modern electronics hobbyist, and the PIC Basic language couldn't be easier to write with. That being said, this book does assume you have at least some minimal knowledge of Basic, but really you could get by without it (the very point of Basic is that it's supposed to read like plain English -- which it does!), as the function of nearly every line of code is explained. The first few chapters are even dedicated to showing a complete beginner how to compile and program everything and build a basic test circuit. Very helpful if you've never worked with PICs before. But on to the real substance of the book -- the projects! There's six complete robotics projects here; ranging from primitive light-seeking robots (that recreate some of the first robots ever to be built, back when AI was a new idea) to a bipedal walker (meaning, it actually has legs and a gait like that of a human -- it doesn't just tilt and waddle to simulate 'walking' as virtually every other one of these purported 'bipedal' robots do), robotic arms (made from ordinary servomotors), a six-legged walker, speech recognition and a full-color vision system. Impressive! Another nice thing is that every one of them can be built with basic, inexpensive tools (though pre-made circuit boards and kits are available, to make it even easier). The diagrams and illustrations are clear and concise; every detail of every step is shown -- you can't go wrong. As I mentioned, the real walking action of the bipedal walker is quite impressive, but I'd like to say more about the vision system, or the CMU Camera. This is a small camera which outputs data serially, to either your PC or a PIC Micro. In this instance, the camera is mounted on top of a three-wheel robot which can, utilizing edge detection in the PIC, actually follow a given target! This may sound complex (and, I suppose, it is), but it's explained in a very easy-to-follow manner. And it's more than just 'put this part here' -- the theory is explained in terms that make it easy to understand, too. This gives you the know-how to put these concepts to use in your own projects. If you're interested in building your own robots, this book is an excellent way to get started.

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