Robot Builder's Bonanza

Robot Builder's Bonanza

Paperback Robot Builder's Bonanza

By (author) Gordon McComb, By (author) Myke Predko

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  • Publisher: MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • Format: Paperback | 733 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 236mm x 38mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2006
  • ISBN 10: 0071468935
  • ISBN 13: 9780071468930
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 422,664

Product description

The amateur robotics market is maturing every year There are even several companies that cater specifically to the hobbyist and educational market. With the advent of such organisations as FIRST and KISS robotics, it is the perfect time to release a new and clearly improved version of our powerhouse RBB. Key features Covers LEGO to legged robot construction plans to provide a scope from the raw beginner to the intermediate/advanced reader ALL projects are being revamped to be more usable, more customisable, and more visual -- with illustrations of the final product right at the beginning of the chapter Eliminates the outdated or "out of tune" chapters that don't appeal to current robot audiences UNPRECEDENTED author duo -- literally the two grand masters of the robotic world

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Author information

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.

Back cover copy

THE BEST AND BIGGEST ROBOTICS BOOK ON THE BLOCK--NOW BETTER THAN EVER--SUPERCHARGED WITH TWO TOP ROBOTICS AUTHORS!Thousands of robot hobbyists -- and robots -- grew up on the first two editions on this book. Now Gordon McComb has partnered with fellow robotics enthusiast Myke Predko -- and together they've made this classic guide to building your very own robot more awesome than ever. Inside "Robot Builder's Bonanza" you'll find detailed plans for constructing robots that walk, see, feel, talk, listen, think -- and more!Best of all, this book will make you want to build a robot -- and show you how you can! Packed with enthusiasm, fascinating science tidbits, field-tested projects, and modular organization to make it easy to invent and build your own designs, this best-seller puts it all together for anyone with the slightest curiosity about this fascinating hobby. Projects vary in complexity so everyone from novices to advanced hobbyists will find something to inspire and advance robot plans.EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BUILD A ROBOT! Follow a plan or create your own designRobot BasicsParts and ToolsPractical Robotics ProjectsMoney-Saving HacksConstruction Techniques: Plastic, Wood, & Metal Computer and Electronic ControlPower, Motors, and LocomotionSensors and NavigationRobot ProgrammingTips, Tricks, and TidbitsAvoiding Common MistakesList of Sources for Parts and IdeasFULLY ILLUSTRATED PLANS FOR 99 AMAZING ROBOTS NEW to the Third Edition: 30 Completely New Projects!Hundreds of Helpful New IllustrationsCustomizability Added to Every ProjectMore Materials and Tools You Can Use to Build Your RobotsState-of-the-Art AdvancesMore Help with Microcontrollers for the BeginnerDevelopments in Remote ControlAdvanced LocomotionInformation to Turn Toys into AutomatonsHigh-Tech SensorsSuggestions for Robotics Competitions and Competing75% Fewer Bad Jokes

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Robot Basics Chapter 1: The Robot Experimenter Chapter 2: Anatomy of a Robot Chapter 3: Structural Materials Chapter 4: Buying Parts Chapter 5: Electronic Components Chapter 6: Tools Chapter 7: Electronic Construction Techniques Part 2: Robot Platform Construction Chapter 8: Plastic Platforms Chapter 9: Wooden Platforms Chapter 10: Metal Platforms Chapter 11: Hacking Toys Part 3: Computers and Electronic Control Chapter 12: An Overview of Robot "Brains" Chapter 13: Programming Fundamentals Chapter 14: Computer Peripherals Chapter 15: The BASIC Stamp 2 Microcontroller Chapter 16: Remote Control Systems Part 4: Power, Motors, and Locomotion Chapter 17: Batteries and Robot Power Supplies Chapter 18: Principles of Robot Locomotion Chapter 19: Choosing the Right Motor Chapter 20: Working with DC Motors Chapter 21: Working with Stepper Motors Chapter 22: Working with Servo Motors Part 5: Practical Robotics Projects Chapter 23: Building a Roverbot Chapter 24: Building a Heavy-Duty Six-Legged Walking Robot Chapter 25: Advanced Robot Locomotion Systems Chapter 26: Reaching Out with Robot Arms Chapter 27: Building a Revolute Coordinate Arm Chapter 28: Experimenting with Gripper Designs Part 6: Sensors and Navigation Chapter 29: The Sense of Touch Chapter 30: Object Detection Chapter 31: Sound Input and Output Chapter 32: Robot Vision Chapter 33: Navigation Chapter 34: Fire Detection Systems Chapter 35: Experimenting with Tilt and Gravity Sensors Chapter 36: Home Robots and How Not to Chew Up Your Furniture Part 7: Putting It All Together Chapter 37: Robot Tasks, Operations, and Behaviors Chapter 38: Integrating the Blocks Chapter 39: Failure Analysis Chapter 40: Setting Up Workshops, Demonstrations, and Competitions Appendix A: Further Reading Appendix B: Sources Appendix C: Robot Information on the Internet Index