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The world is full of hobbyists who got into robotics after reading Gordon McComb's Robot Builders Bonanza. But that book came out 14 years ago. A lot's happened since then -- new servo motor technology, powerful new microcontrollers, and the Lego Mindstorms phenomenon, to name just a few highlights. Now, McComb has delivered a thoroughly updated Second Edition -- and it might keep you busy for the next 14 years.
A solid 720 pages, this new edition includes 99 do-it-yourself robotics projects: 11 complete robots in all. You'll learn how to build robots that walk, see, feel, talk, listen, and "think." Every project is thoroughly illustrated and comes with a parts list (McComb also tells you where you can get these parts).
You'll find coverage of Robotix-based robots, Lego Mindstorms Functionoids and Technic-based robots, remote control robots, and microcontrollers such as the cheap, easy-to-use Parallax BASIC Stamp, which integrates microcontroller, memory, clock, and voltage regulation, can be programmed via PC, and powered by a 9-volt battery. Best of all, this book is full of McComb's personal experiences with what works, and what doesn't. It's an instant classic -- again. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.