Robotics Demystified / Edition 1

Robotics Demystified / Edition 1

by Edwin Wise
     
 

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

See more details below

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!

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071436786
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
10/16/2004
Series:
Demystified Series
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
543,434
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.61(d)

Related Subjects

Table of Contents

Prefacexv
Acknowledgmentsxvi
Chapter 1Introduction1
A Brief Tour of Robotics2
Automata and Animatronics2
Factory Machines4
Fictional Robots7
Future Dreams8
Inside Robots9
Tools and Supplies10
Parting Words of Wisdom11
Chapter 2Mechanical Forces13
Introduction13
Energy15
Units of Measurement16
Position16
Time: t17
Length: l17
Mass: m18
Velocity: v19
Acceleration: a23
Force: F24
Momentum: p26
Energy: E26
Storing Energy27
Losing Energy29
Summary30
Quiz30
Chapter 3Simple Machines32
Introduction32
Structural Strength33
Triangles and Squares33
Hidden Triangles35
Inclined Plane36
Wedge40
Screw41
Levers42
Lever Machine42
Pulleys44
Pulley Machine45
Wheels and Torque49
Gears and Sprockets51
Summary53
Quiz53
Chapter 4Electricity54
Introduction54
Pieces of Matter55
Electrons in Metal56
Electromagnetic Field57
Units59
Unit Prefixes59
Electrical Charge60
Current: I61
Charge Difference62
Electrical Energy63
Power: P63
Batteries and Generators63
Speed of Electricity64
Summary65
Quiz65
Chapter 5Starting with Electronics66
Introduction66
Electronic Circuits67
Schematic67
Printed Circuit Board68
Circuit Assembly70
Prototyping Boards70
Dead Bug and Wire Wrapping71
Soldering72
Suppliers79
Resistors80
Resistor80
Ohm's Law81
Resistor Networks83
Resistive Sensor87
Light Bulb94
Summary94
Quiz95
Chapter 6Control96
Introduction96
Passive Control97
Balancing Machine98
Open-Loop Control98
Feedback Control99
Centrifugal Feedback100
Hysteresis102
Mechanical Switch104
Summary105
Quiz106
Chapter 7Sequencing and Programs107
Introduction107
Switches and Cycles108
Cam Control111
Cardboard Cam113
Card Control113
Mechanical Card Reader115
Programming Concepts115
Computer Numbers117
Computer Instructions121
Summary122
Quiz123
Chapter 8Joints124
Introduction124
Rotation and Bending125
Rotation125
Bearings and Bushings126
Bending127
Sliding128
Complex Motion128
Ball and Socket128
Universal Joint130
Robot Wrist131
Others134
Summary134
Quiz135
Chapter 9Power Transmission136
Introduction136
Chains, Belts, and Cables137
Gears141
Gear Trains142
More Gears145
Couplers149
Directional Transmission150
Differential Transmission150
Summary154
Quiz155
Chapter 10Beyond Resistance: Capacitance156
Introduction156
AC/DC157
Oscilloscope160
Diodes161
Signal Diode161
Rectifier162
Light-Emitting Diode163
Zener Diode163
Capacitors165
Capacitor165
Capacitors and Audio168
Capacitor Networks170
RC Circuits171
RC Filters172
Diode-Capacitor Circuits176
Summary178
Quiz178
Chapter 11Inductance and Magnetism179
Introduction179
Electromagnets180
Nail Electromagnet181
Relay182
Motors182
Generators184
Servos and Steppers184
Inductors185
Behavior186
Component186
Filters187
Phase187
Transformer188
Summary189
Quiz189
Chapter 12Semiconductors190
Introduction190
Conductor Physics191
Semiconductor Physics192
Doped Silicon193
Diode Physics195
Forward Bias197
Reverse Bias198
Electronic Switches198
Analog Versus Digital198
Transistor200
FET202
Integrated Circuits204
Summary205
Quiz205
Chapter 13Programming207
Introduction207
Programming Basics208
Flowcharts208
RCX Programming211
Programs213
Simple Timed Sequence213
Obstacle Avoidance213
Line Following218
Self-Calibration221
Summary221
Quiz223
Chapter 14Shaping Motion224
Introduction224
Looking Back225
Single-Link Mechanisms225
Two Links228
More Links229
Parallel Motion229
Four-Bar Linkage232
Complex Motions234
Other Mechanisms236
Cardan Gear236
Quick-Return237
Geneva Stop237
Ratchet237
Summary238
Quiz240
Chapter 15Communication241
Introduction241
Telerobotics241
Tethered Robots242
Remote Control243
Semi-Autonomous243
Communication Technologies245
Parallel245
Serial246
Wireless249
Other Interfaces250
Summary251
Quiz251
Chapter 16Languages252
Introduction252
Programming Concepts253
Turing Machine255
Choosing a Language258
Manufacturing Languages260
Custom Languages260
Human Language261
Human Intelligence261
Summary262
Quiz262
Chapter 17Intelligent Behavior263
Introduction263
Reflexive Control264
Thermostat265
PID Motor Control266
Serial Behaviors269
Layered Behaviors270
Logical Behavior272
Scripting272
Formal Logic272
Natural Computation273
Pattern Recognition275
Statistics275
Fuzzy Logic276
Neural Networks278
Summary280
Quiz281
Chapter 18Advanced Control282
Introduction282
Decisions283
Mapping285
Odometry287
Odometry Errors289
Supervised Learning289
Supervised Robotic Learning292
Unsupervised Learning293
Swarm Robots294
Agents294
Summary295
Quiz295
Answers296
Index309

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >