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Overview

YOU DON'T NEED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO LEARN ROBOTICS!

Now anyone with an interest in robotics can gain a deeper understanding — without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Robotics Demystified, expert robot builder and author Edwin Wise provides an effective and totally painless way to learn about the technologies used to build robots!

With Robotics Demystified, you master the subject one simple step at a time — at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers problems at the end of each chapter to reinforce what you have learned.

This fast and entertaining self-teaching course makes if fun and easy to learn about robots. Get ready to:

  • Learn essential electronics, mechanics, and programming concepts, one step at a time
  • Evaluate your progress with self-test questions
  • Discover the ins and outs of mobile, industrial, and research 'bots
  • Find out how to make your robot sense and think

So if you're looking for an enjoyable route into robotics, let Robotics Demystified be your shortcut!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071436786
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/16/2004
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 335,496
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin Wise is a software engineer with twenty-five years of experience. His expertise and interests range from electronics and microcontrollers to software development, AI, and robotics. He is the author of McGraw-Hill's Hands-On AI with Java as well as Applied Robotics II and Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Holiday Displays, published by Delmar Learning. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Preface xv
Acknowledgments xvi
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
A Brief Tour of Robotics 2
Automata and Animatronics 2
Factory Machines 4
Fictional Robots 7
Future Dreams 8
Inside Robots 9
Tools and Supplies 10
Parting Words of Wisdom 11
Chapter 2 Mechanical Forces 13
Introduction 13
Energy 15
Units of Measurement 16
Position 16
Time: t 17
Length: l 17
Mass: m 18
Velocity: v 19
Acceleration: a 23
Force: F 24
Momentum: p 26
Energy: E 26
Storing Energy 27
Losing Energy 29
Summary 30
Quiz 30
Chapter 3 Simple Machines 32
Introduction 32
Structural Strength 33
Triangles and Squares 33
Hidden Triangles 35
Inclined Plane 36
Wedge 40
Screw 41
Levers 42
Lever Machine 42
Pulleys 44
Pulley Machine 45
Wheels and Torque 49
Gears and Sprockets 51
Summary 53
Quiz 53
Chapter 4 Electricity 54
Introduction 54
Pieces of Matter 55
Electrons in Metal 56
Electromagnetic Field 57
Units 59
Unit Prefixes 59
Electrical Charge 60
Current: I 61
Charge Difference 62
Electrical Energy 63
Power: P 63
Batteries and Generators 63
Speed of Electricity 64
Summary 65
Quiz 65
Chapter 5 Starting with Electronics 66
Introduction 66
Electronic Circuits 67
Schematic 67
Printed Circuit Board 68
Circuit Assembly 70
Prototyping Boards 70
Dead Bug and Wire Wrapping 71
Soldering 72
Suppliers 79
Resistors 80
Resistor 80
Ohm's Law 81
Resistor Networks 83
Resistive Sensor 87
Light Bulb 94
Summary 94
Quiz 95
Chapter 6 Control 96
Introduction 96
Passive Control 97
Balancing Machine 98
Open-Loop Control 98
Feedback Control 99
Centrifugal Feedback 100
Hysteresis 102
Mechanical Switch 104
Summary 105
Quiz 106
Chapter 7 Sequencing and Programs 107
Introduction 107
Switches and Cycles 108
Cam Control 111
Cardboard Cam 113
Card Control 113
Mechanical Card Reader 115
Programming Concepts 115
Computer Numbers 117
Computer Instructions 121
Summary 122
Quiz 123
Chapter 8 Joints 124
Introduction 124
Rotation and Bending 125
Rotation 125
Bearings and Bushings 126
Bending 127
Sliding 128
Complex Motion 128
Ball and Socket 128
Universal Joint 130
Robot Wrist 131
Others 134
Summary 134
Quiz 135
Chapter 9 Power Transmission 136
Introduction 136
Chains, Belts, and Cables 137
Gears 141
Gear Trains 142
More Gears 145
Couplers 149
Directional Transmission 150
Differential Transmission 150
Summary 154
Quiz 155
Chapter 10 Beyond Resistance: Capacitance 156
Introduction 156
AC/DC 157
Oscilloscope 160
Diodes 161
Signal Diode 161
Rectifier 162
Light-Emitting Diode 163
Zener Diode 163
Capacitors 165
Capacitor 165
Capacitors and Audio 168
Capacitor Networks 170
RC Circuits 171
RC Filters 172
Diode-Capacitor Circuits 176
Summary 178
Quiz 178
Chapter 11 Inductance and Magnetism 179
Introduction 179
Electromagnets 180
Nail Electromagnet 181
Relay 182
Motors 182
Generators 184
Servos and Steppers 184
Inductors 185
Behavior 186
Component 186
Filters 187
Phase 187
Transformer 188
Summary 189
Quiz 189
Chapter 12 Semiconductors 190
Introduction 190
Conductor Physics 191
Semiconductor Physics 192
Doped Silicon 193
Diode Physics 195
Forward Bias 197
Reverse Bias 198
Electronic Switches 198
Analog Versus Digital 198
Transistor 200
FET 202
Integrated Circuits 204
Summary 205
Quiz 205
Chapter 13 Programming 207
Introduction 207
Programming Basics 208
Flowcharts 208
RCX Programming 211
Programs 213
Simple Timed Sequence 213
Obstacle Avoidance 213
Line Following 218
Self-Calibration 221
Summary 221
Quiz 223
Chapter 14 Shaping Motion 224
Introduction 224
Looking Back 225
Single-Link Mechanisms 225
Two Links 228
More Links 229
Parallel Motion 229
Four-Bar Linkage 232
Complex Motions 234
Other Mechanisms 236
Cardan Gear 236
Quick-Return 237
Geneva Stop 237
Ratchet 237
Summary 238
Quiz 240
Chapter 15 Communication 241
Introduction 241
Telerobotics 241
Tethered Robots 242
Remote Control 243
Semi-Autonomous 243
Communication Technologies 245
Parallel 245
Serial 246
Wireless 249
Other Interfaces 250
Summary 251
Quiz 251
Chapter 16 Languages 252
Introduction 252
Programming Concepts 253
Turing Machine 255
Choosing a Language 258
Manufacturing Languages 260
Custom Languages 260
Human Language 261
Human Intelligence 261
Summary 262
Quiz 262
Chapter 17 Intelligent Behavior 263
Introduction 263
Reflexive Control 264
Thermostat 265
PID Motor Control 266
Serial Behaviors 269
Layered Behaviors 270
Logical Behavior 272
Scripting 272
Formal Logic 272
Natural Computation 273
Pattern Recognition 275
Statistics 275
Fuzzy Logic 276
Neural Networks 278
Summary 280
Quiz 281
Chapter 18 Advanced Control 282
Introduction 282
Decisions 283
Mapping 285
Odometry 287
Odometry Errors 289
Supervised Learning 289
Supervised Robotic Learning 292
Unsupervised Learning 293
Swarm Robots 294
Agents 294
Summary 295
Quiz 295
Answers 296
Index 309
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