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Overview

Learning robotics by yourself isnt easy, but it helps when the encouragement comes from an expert whos spent years in the field. Not only does author David Cook assist you in understanding the component parts of robot development, but he also presents valuable techniques that prepare you to make new discoveries on your own.

Cook begins with the anatomy of a homemade robot and gives you the best advice on how to proceed successfully. General sources for tools and parts are provided in a consolidated list, and specific parts are recommended throughout the book. Also, basic safety precautions and essential measuring and numbering systems are promoted throughout.

Specific tools and parts covered include digital multimeters, motors, wheels, resistors, LEDs, photoresistors, transistors, chips, gears, nut drivers, batteries, and more. Robot Building for Beginners is an inspiring book that provides an essential base of practical knowledge for anyone getting started in amateur robotics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893115446
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 1/16/2002
  • Series: Technology in Action Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Welcome Robot Inventor! 1
Ch. 2 Where to Obtain Tools and Parts 17
Ch. 3 Safety 23
Ch. 4 Digital Multimeter 37
Ch. 5 Numbers and Units 63
Ch. 6 Robot Line-Following 75
Ch. 7 Nine-Volt Batteries 95
Ch. 8 Clips and Test Leads 111
Ch. 9 Resistors 123
Ch. 10 LEDs 135
Ch. 11 Power On! Building and Testing a Power Indicator Circuit 155
Ch. 12 Solderless Prototyping 175
Ch. 13 Solderless Breadboard Setup 199
Ch. 14 Variable Resistors 215
Ch. 15 Comparators 239
Ch. 16 Transistor Switches 259
Ch. 17 DC Motors 279
Ch. 18 Adding Gearhead Motors 321
Ch. 19 Wheels 333
Ch. 20 Coupler 353
Ch. 21 Soldering Equipment 377
Ch. 22 Soldering and Connecting 389
Ch. 23 The Motherboard 421
Ch. 24 Body Building 443
Ch. 25 Launching the Line-Follower 479
Ch. 26 Encore 503
Ch. 27 Appendix 537
Index 547
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    GET NOW

    This is the best robotics book I ever got! It tells you ALL of the basics for robot building! -BUY NOW-

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2002

    A must-have!

    This is a terrific book. I read it as it was novel. It is written in such way that you can start from the first and go to the last page without being bored once. It is also beautifully divided so you can use it as a reference book. David Cook did a great job while writing Robot Building for Beginners. It is perfect for an initiation to the robot building. I've read other interesting books but this one has something special: everything is entirely covered for a single project. Other books tend to present a lot of projects but can't seem to concentrate on giving complete information. Robot Building for Beginners does provide all the information you need. Each time I was wondering 'well, how about that?', David Cook was answering my question the next paragraph. There is a great amount of work in 'what will a first-timer would be willing to learn after that'. If you don¿t know anything or are willing to refresh your mind on electronics, the book is perfect. David Cook helps us getting to choose the right part, understanding what they do, how to correctly assemble the whole thing and so on. I just finish reading it and I'm ready to build my first robot knowing how to avoid the common pitfalls and how to keep my first project simple, but complete and working. It¿s a perfect gift for someone who wants to build his/her first robot. Thanks to David Cook.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2002

    Excellent

    Before I started to read this book I wouldn't beleive I can build my own robot. But now it is about to finish and it will be a great experience after completion of all works. I am very happy to have this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Robot Building for Beginners

    The book is very well written, illustrated and includes detailed product information and design techniques which I find very beneficial.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    For Beginners.

    A worthy investment for the first-time robot builder.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    Buy This Book!!!

    Excellent book! Easy to read and easy to understand. Explains everything you need to build a robot. From the tools to the components -- everything is explained in plain english. There is no guessing as to what size resistor or whats the difference between the red fled and clear fled -- which should I use. All explained out for you. I've been fooling around with electronics off and on for awhile but still was shady on a few things -- this book helped clear it all up for me. It has made me fall back in love with electronics and robots again! Easy to read! Easy to understand! Easy to build! Fantastic Book! Buy it already!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    Great source of information for the beginner robot builder.

    Excellent book for anyone looking for an entry into robot building. I am getting my parts together and hope to have my own little 'Sandwich' Robot like the one created in this book. It will be my first robot. This book is easy to understand and the author explains technical details of various components masterfully. This book is VERY easy to understand and a great way to explore robot building without getting frustrated.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Exciting and Clever!

    The author, David Cook, naturally steps inexperienced readers through the robot building process. A lot of books unsuccessfully assume you already know something about electronics, or expect you to go buy a different book to learn how. Instead, this book alone informs the reader about each step and part necessary, from electronics, to mechanics, to aesthetics, through testing. Another thing I like about the book is that it encourages readers to make their own robot from scratch out of commonly available parts. Unlike the low-quality kits (from which you learn nothing) being hoisted upon budding scientists, the robot presented in this book really becomes the reader¿s creation. A practical and useful feature of the book is that each circuit is first shown as a schematic (or wiring diagram) and then a labeled photograph on a solderless breadboard. It makes it simple for me to reproduce the circuit on my board by counting the holes or comparing locations to the photographs in the book. A terrific book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    Great book!

    Robot Building for Beginners fills a vital gap between LEGO MindStorms and microcontroller-based robots. Many of the robots in other books are so complicated that they¿re too overwhelming to get started or too lame to bother. This book has excellent, easy-to-follow instructions with lots of photographs. +++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    The best thing since sliced bread!

    This is the robot book I¿ve been waiting for. A lot of other books were way over my head, but this one provides lots of simple steps to get going. The m&ms tube and Ziploc container crack me up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2002

    A real beginners book

    Dave Cook has a winner! There are many 'how to' books about building robots. Dave's cook gives the reader a project from the beginning to the end. Other robot building bookscover several projects at a time, not really giving you the details needed to complete a working bot. The electronic section of the book is great and easy to understand. The lesson on how to buy and select parts is an example how this book is trutly a 'how to' book for beginners. This is a must book for robot hobbyist, that will be on the workbench rather than on the bookshelf. Thanks Dave. Steve Cristelli scristelli@aol.com

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