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Anatomy of a Robotby Charles Bergren
Synopses & Reviews
Here's a unique "head to toe" examination of all of the major disciplines involved in building robots and control systems--offering both practical theory and philosophy in a technical yet entertaining way. * A true "under the hood" look at the gamut of subjects related to robotics, from mathematics to control systems * Brings a technical topic down to a novice's level, equating mechanical pieces with human counterparts: controls=mind, power system=heart, actuators=muscles, and sensors=eyes and ears * Coverage ranges from project management to nuts and bolts topics such as sensors, actuators, power systems, and controls * Provides basic background theory of each subject and then goes into more in-depth treatment, including math and references
This work looks under the hood of all robotic projects, stimulating teachers, students, and hobbyists to learn more about the gamut of areas associated with control systems and robotics. It offers a unique presentation in providing both theory and philosophy in a technical yet entertaining way.
A 'head to toe' look at the theory and philosophy of all the different disciplines involved in building robots, from project management, reliability, mechanics, controls, and algorithms.
About the Author
Charles Bergren has an MSEE from Cornell University and has been a top-notch EE for over 30 years. He has a consulting engineering firm, http://www.bdesigncorp.com, and has served as VP of Engineering in numerous companies. He design work includes:
* Robotic Tape Libraries (Building high-speed network control processors for storage systems)
* Voice Processing Systems (For voice recognition and text-to-speech applications)
* Vision Systems (For the visual tracking of bacteria and DSP)
* Video Systems (For MPEG video compression and satellite broadcasting)
* Power Control Systems (For solar powered systems and nuclear reactor monitors)
* Communication Systems (For wireless RF and free space laser networks)
He has taught academic and technical courses from kindergarten through college. He plays lacrosse which he has also taught.
Table of Contents
Introduction Acknowledgments Chapter 1: A Brief History of Walking Machines Computer Control Summary Chapter 2: Walking Gaits Stability Adaptability (Tripod Gait, Wave Gait, Degrees of Freedom per Leg) Summary Chapter 3: Tools, Test Equipment, and Materials Test Equipment Construction Materials Summary
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