Robot Building for Beginners by David Cook
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 Cooks 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 isnt remote controlled.
Youll 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 books 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 youll learn
- How to build a robot from scratch
- Where to obtain parts and tools to get you started
- How to build the brainthe intelligenceusing 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
- Welcome Robot Inventor!
- Where to Obtain Tools and Parts
- Digital Multimeter
- Numbers and Units
- Robot Line-Following
- Nine-Volt Batteries
- Clips and Test Leads
- Power On!
- Solderless Prototyping
- Solderless Breadboard Setup
- Variable Resistors
- Transistor Switches
- DC Motors
- Adding Gearhead Motors
- Soldering Equipment
- Soldering and Connecting
- The Motherboard
- Body Building
- Launching the Line-Follower