Robot Builder's Bonanza

Robot Builder's Bonanza

by Gordon McComb, Myke Predko
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Robot Builder's Bonanza by Gordon McComb, Myke Predko


Everybody's favorite amateur robotics book is bolder and better than ever -- and now features the field's "grand master" Myke Predko as the new author! Author duo McComb and Predko bring their expertise to this fully-illustrated robotics "bible" to enhance the already incomparable content on how to build -- and have a universe of fun -- with robots. Projects vary in complexity so everyone from novices to advanced hobbyists will find something of interest.


  • 30 completely new projects

  • All projects have been revamped to be more customizable

  • More visual -- illustrations of the final product are right at the beginning of the chapter

Everything you need to build from plans provided or create your own designs:

* Robot Basics
• Construction Techniques
• Computer and Electronic Control
• Power, Motors, and Locomotion
• Practical Robotics Projects
• Sensors and Navigation
• Robot Programming
• Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071468930
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 02/21/2006
Series: Robot Builder's Bonanza Ser.
Edition description: REV
Pages: 733
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.48(d)

About the Author

Gordon McComb is an avid electronics hobbyist who has written for TAB Books for a number of years. He wrote the best-selling Troubleshooting and Repairing VCRs (now in its third edition), Gordon McComb's Gadgeteer's Goldmine, and Lasers, Ray Guns, and Light Cannons.

Myke Predko has 20 years experience in the design, manufacturing, and testing of electronic circuits. An experienced author, Myke wrote McGraw-Hill's best-selling 123 Robotics Projects for the Evil Genius; 123 PIC Microcontroller Experiments for the Evil Genius, PIC Microcontroller Pocket Reference; Programming and Customizing PIC Microcontrollers, Second Edition; Programming Robot Controllers; and other books, and is the principal designer of both TAB Electronics Build Your Own Robot Kits.

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Robot Builders Bonanza 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Without any doubt, Robot¿s Builder Bonanza is a great book with great sources. If you have even Lego Mind-storm Invention, pick up this helpful book. The sources are more than just great. Actually, if you are tired from looking around Google for any online bargains to buy parts for your project, you will find the sources here are just incredible and amazing. In addition, I really like the way the author decides to approach. He focused to teach beginners as well as professionals at the same time some easy ways to design circuit boards and make your own program that really works successfully and efficiently. Don¿t start somewhere else, start learning robotics here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever written on hobby robotics. It is amazing on how much this book covers in an introduction level robot book that is explained in an easy to understand format. Gordon McComb never uses florid speech with repetitions that would confuse the beginner; this book is truly a five star beginner¿s guide to building robots. If you want to get started in robots for a hobby, this is the book to start. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best robotics book I have ever clapped eyes on. I spent six hours at the library, and not one book that I read came even close to the level of this book. Gordon McComb explains very clearly and covers such a wide range of topics, this becomes a must for every robot builder! Even if you have no other experience with robots, you will still enjoy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just purchased this book and it is excellent! It covers all the important topics for a beginner in robotics including electronics, mechanics, programming, where to get materials, etc. It also contains plans for about 10 different robots and gives advice on how to design and build your own. The only thing it didn't cover that I might have liked for it to is biped (or 2-legged) robots. I guess this is more of an advanced topic though and maybe not suitable for a beginner's book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This second edition of Robot Builder's Bonanza provides a much needed update on the rapidly expanding interest in mobile robotics. Many amateurs started their robot building hobby with the appearance of the first edition in 1987. Since then there has been many updates in the sensors and especially microprocessors available for robot builders. Gordon McComb brings us up-to-date on this technology while maintaining the valuable construction tips and techniques of the first edition. Every book has an intended audience. I know of no better book than Robot Builder's Bonanza for beginners in this fascinating and future technology. The book is also a valuable compendium of ideas and techniques for more experienced robot builders. Finally, if you're a tinkerer, you have to have this book.