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Robot Building for Beginners
     

Robot Building for Beginners

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by David Cook
 

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“I wrote this book because I love building robots. I want you to love building robots, too. It took me a while to learn about many of the tools and parts in amateur robotics. Perhaps by writing about my experiences, I can give you a head start.” —David Cook



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Overview




“I wrote this book because I love building robots. I want you to love building robots, too. It took me a while to learn about many of the tools and parts in amateur robotics. Perhaps by writing about my experiences, I can give you a head start.” —David Cook



Robot Building for Beginners, Second Edition is an update of David Cook’s best-selling Robot Building for Beginners. This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed.


The robot described and built in this book is battery powered and about the size of a lunchbox. It is autonomous. That is, it isn’t remote controlled.


You’ll begin with some tools of the trade, and then work your way through prototyping, robot bodybuilding, and eventually soldering your own circuit boards. By the book’s end, you will have a solid amateur base of understanding so that you can begin creating your own robots to vacuum your house or maybe even rule the world!




What you’ll learn

  • How to build a robot from scratch

  • Where to obtain parts and tools to get you started

  • How to build the brain—the intelligence—using the motherboard

  • How to create the body and become a Dr. Frankenstein

  • How to get your robot moving and ruling


Who this book is for


This book is aimed at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed.


Table of Contents

  1. Welcome Robot Inventor!

  2. Where to Obtain Tools and Parts

  3. Safety

  4. Digital Multimeter

  5. Numbers and Units

  6. Robot Line-Following

  7. Nine-Volt Batteries

  8. Clips and Test Leads

  9. Resistors

  10. LEDs

  11. Power On!

  12. Solderless Prototyping

  13. Solderless Breadboard Setup

  14. Variable Resistors

  15. Comparators

  16. Transistor Switches

  17. DC Motors

  18. Adding Gearhead Motors

  19. Wheels

  20. Coupler

  21. Soldering Equipment

  22. Soldering and Connecting

  23. The Motherboard

  24. Body Building

  25. Launching the Line-Follower

  26. Encore

  27. Appendix


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430227496
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
516
File size:
14 MB
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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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Robot Building for Beginners 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Todd Newman More than 1 year ago
At first I knew nothing about robots! This book helped teach me step by step about robotics!
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