Robot Builder's Bonanza, 4th Edition / Edition 4

Robot Builder's Bonanza, 4th Edition / Edition 4

by Gordon McComb, Myke Predko
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0071750363

ISBN-13: 9780071750363

Pub. Date: 05/23/2011

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

The Bestselling Robotics Book--Now with New Projects and Online Tools!

"Amazing...should be required reading for any budding robot builder!" -GeekDad, Wired.com

Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots! This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that

Overview

The Bestselling Robotics Book--Now with New Projects and Online Tools!

"Amazing...should be required reading for any budding robot builder!" -GeekDad, Wired.com

Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots! This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that can be programmed from your computer. Fully updated with the latest technologies and techniques, Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition includes step-by-step plans that take you from building basic motorized platforms to giving the machine a brain--and teaching it to walk, talk, and obey commands.

This robot builder's paradise is packed with more than 100 affordable projects, including 10 completely new robot designs. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable robots of all shapes and sizes. Mix and match the projects to develop your own unique creations. The only limit is your imagination!

Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition covers:

  • Parts, materials, and tools
  • Building motorized wooden, plastic, and metal platforms
  • Rapid prototyping methods
  • Drafting bots with computer-aided design
  • Constructing high-tech robots from toys
  • Building bots from found parts
  • Power, motors, and locomotion
  • Robots with wheels, tracks, and legs
  • Constructing robotic arms and grippers
  • Robot electronics and circuit making
  • Computers and electronic control
  • Microcontrollers--Arduino, PICAXE, and the BASIC stamp
  • Remote control systems
  • Sensors, navigation, and visual feedback
  • Robot vision via proximity, light, and distance

New! FREE online content at:

www.robotoid.com

  • My First Robot tutorial lessons
  • Project parts finder
  • Animated, interactive learning tools
  • How-to videos, robot e-plans, bonus articles, links, and more

Plus, go to:

www.mhprofessional.com/rbb4 for:

  • Downloadable programs
  • RBB app notes
  • Bonus chapters

Make Great Stuff!

TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071750363
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
05/23/2011
Edition description:
List
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
413,468
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1--The Art and Science of Robot Building

Chapter 1. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Robotics

Chapter 2. Anatomy of a Robot

Chapter 3. Getting Parts

Part 2--Robot Construction

Chapter 4. Safety First (and Always)

Chapter 5. Building Robot Bodies--the Basics

Chapter 6. Mechanical Construction Techniques

Chapter 7. Working with Wood

Chapter 8. Build a Motorized Wooden Platform

Chapter 9. Working with Plastic

Chapter 10. Build a Motorized Plastic Platform

Chapter 11. Working with Metal

Chapter 12. Build a Motorized Metal Platform

Chapter 13. Assembly Techniques

Chapter 14. Rapid Prototyping Methods

Chapter 15. Drafting Bots with Computer-Aided Design

Chapter 16. Constructing High-Tech Robots from Toys

Chapter 17. Building Bots from Found Parts

Part 3--Power, Motors, and Locomotion

Chapter 18. All about Batteries

Chapter 19. Robot Power Systems

Chapter 20. Moving Your Robot

Chapter 21. Choosing the Right Motor

Chapter 22. Using DC Motors

Chapter 23. Using Servo Motors

Chapter 24. Mounting Motors and Wheels

Chapter 25. Robot Movement with Shape Memory Alloy

Part 4--Hands-on Robotic Projects

Chapter 26. Build Robots with Wheels and Tracks

Chapter 27. Build Robots with Legs

Chapter 28. Experimenting with Robotic Arms

Chapter 29. Experimenting with Robotic Grippers

Part 5--Robot Electronics

Chapter 30. Building Robot Electronics--the Basics

Chapter 31. Common Electronic Components for Robotics

Chapter 32. Using Solderless Breadboards

Chapter 33. Making Circuit Boards

Part 6--Computers and Electronic Control

Chapter 34. An Overview of Robot "Brains"

Chapter 35. Understanding Microcontrollers

Chapter 36. Programming Concepts: The Fundamentals

Part 7--Microcontroller Brains

Chapter 37. Using the Arduino

Chapter 38. Using the PICAXE

Chapter 39. Using the BASIC Stamp

Chapter 40. Interfacing Hardware with Your Microcontroller or Computer

Chapter 41. Remote Control Systems

Part 8--Sensors, Navigation, and Feedback

Chapter 42. Adding the Sense of Touch

Chapter 43. Proximity and Distance Sensing

Chapter 44. Robotic Eyes

Chapter 45. Navigating Your Robot

Chapter 46. Making and Listening to Sound

Chapter 47. Interacting with Your Creation

Chapter 48. Danger, Will Robinson

Appendix A--RBB Online Support

Appendix B--Internet Parts Sources

Appendix C--Mechanical Reference

Appendix D--Electronic Reference

Index

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