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Part I: Getting Started with Robotics.
Chapter 1: So, You Want to Build a Robot?
Chapter 2: Plotting a Path.
Chapter 3: Building Your First Robot.
Part II: Programmable Robot Prep.
Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Robot Workshop.
Chapter 5: The Nuts and Bolts of Robot Building.
Chapter 6: A Programming Primer.
Part III: Building a Programmable Robot.
Chapter 7: Preparing to Build a Programmable Robot.
Chapter 8: From Whiskers to Wheels.
Chapter 9: If I Only Had a Brain.
Chapter 10: Introducing Your Robot to Your Computer.
Part IV: Augmenting Your Programmable Robot.
Chapter 11: Expanding Your Robot’s Universe.
Chapter 12: Making Your Robot See the Light.
Chapter 13: Some Like It Hot.
Chapter 14: Halt! Who Goes There?
Chapter 15: Yakety-Yak: Adding Speech to Your Robot.
Chapter 16: I See You.
Chapter 17: Controlling Your Robot from Afar.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Excellent Parts Suppliers.
Chapter 19: Ten Safety Pointers.
Posted May 30, 2004
I have been into the hobby of robotics for many years now and have to say that 'THIS BOOK IS USELESS TO ANYONE HOPING TO BEGIN OR IMPROVE THEIR ROBOTICS SKILL SET'. I was given this book as a gift for my birthday and have to admit it was a wasted gift. The first half (3rd actually) of the book is based on pure beginner how to and info, fine. Through out the basic discussion of gear ratios , batteries and electronics are references to the Arobot kit and how it is mentioned later. In the second half (3rd actually) of the book, where Roger starts the high level discussion on robotics, all you do is construct the $235 - $318 robot kit that he sells on his web page. The most helpful information in the whole book came from the list of 10's section (the last 3rd) found in all dummies books. If it weren't a gift I would have gotten my money back.
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Posted July 28, 2004
I decided to buy this book for my teenage son. In the process I read the book and it isn't worth the paper it's written on. The book was too vague and they want you to sink an extra 300$ into the kit. I returned it. Do Not Buy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.