Robot Building for Beginners

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Learning Robotics by Yourself Isn't Easy. It helps when encouragement comes from someone who's been there. Not only does Robot Building for Beginners assist you in understanding the component parts of robot development, but it also prepares you with techniques to learn new discoveries on your own. Author David 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...
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Overview

Learning Robotics by Yourself Isn't Easy. It helps when encouragement comes from someone who's been there. Not only does Robot Building for Beginners assist you in understanding the component parts of robot development, but it also prepares you with techniques to learn new discoveries on your own. Author David 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, you'll learn basic safety precautions and essential numbering and measuring systems.

An in-depth analysis of digital multimeters gives you all the information you need to select and obtain this valuable tool for yourself. Other tools and parts covered include motors, wheels, resistors, wire strippers, needlenose pliers, tap and die, alligator clips, LEDs, solderless breadboards, soldering irons, heat-shrink tubing, photoresistors, transistors, chips, gears, nut drivers, screws, cut-off wheels, connectors, and batteries. Robot Building for Beginners is an inspiring book that provides basic, practical knowledge on getting started in amateur robotics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430227489
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 1/6/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 461,094
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cook is an engineering manager at Motorola. He has 20 years of experience as a software developer, creating everything from award-winning computer games to mobile background-check applications for police. Self-taught in electronics and basic mechanics, David explains his years of robot experiences to the average backyard scientist in a comfortable and helpful manner, without scholarly intimidation. David hosts the popular robot site RobotRoom.com.
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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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