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Robotics Demystified

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Publisher Comments:

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!

Book News Annotation:

In this self-teaching guide for beginners, Wise, a software engineer, explains essential concepts of electronics, mechanics, and programming related to robotics. Mechanical examples and experiments are all performed using the LEGO Mindstorms robotic invention system, version 2.0. For electronics experiments, readers will need supplies such as resistors and a soldering iron. Chapter summaries, quizes, and b&w photos are included.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

There's no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

McGraw-Hill's Demystified titles are the most efficient, interestingly written, brush-ups you can find. Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams. You'll be able to learn more in less time, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and reinforce your knowledge and confidence.

This complete self-teaching guide takes an introductory approach to robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their own robot.

Synopsis:

There's no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

McGraw-Hill's Demystified titles are the most efficient, interestingly written, brush-ups you can find. Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams. You'll be able to learn more in less time, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and reinforce your knowledge and confidence.

This complete self-teaching guide takes an introductory approach to robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their own robot.

About the Author

Edwin Wise is a software engineer with twenty-five years of experience. His expertise and interests range from electronics and microcontrollers to software development, AI, and robotics. He is the author of McGraw-Hill's Hands-On AI with Java as well as Applied Robotics II and Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Holiday Displays, published by Delmar Learning. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Background

Chapter 2: Basic Mechanics

Force and motion

Gears

Inclined plane

Friction

The effects of gravity on motion

Pneumatics (Principles will be illustrated with constructions using LEGO products and/or Fischertechnic)

Chapter 3: Basic Electronics

Ohm's law and its application

Magnetism

Resistance

Capacitance

Diodes

Transistors and MOSFET electronic switches

Operational amplifiers

Timers

Other integrated circuits (Projects will be done without soldering, on "breadboards" using mostly or entirely Radio Shack and easily available components)

Chapter 4: Mobile Platforms

Mechanics applied to the creation of a rolling robot

Motors

Legged platforms

Chapter 5: Manipulators

Mechanics (A project helps readers buils a simple, stationary mechanical arm)

Chapter 6: Power Drivers

Unique hassles of driving larger loads, such as motors

Simple timer circuits in conjunction with contact switches

Chapter 7: Sensors

Light sensors

Sound sensors

Force sensors

Encoders

(and more...)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071436786
Author:
Wise, Edwin
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Author:
Wise Edwin
Subject:
Robotics
Subject:
Technology-Robotics
Subject:
Electronics - General
Subject:
0-07-143493-3, 0-07-143925-0, 0-07-146023-3, 0-07-144141-7, 0-07-147554-0, 0-07-147960-0, 0-07-147578-8, 0-07-146983-4, 0-07-144812-8, 0-07-148898-7
Subject:
Technology : Robotics
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Robotics
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence-Robotics
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
314

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"Synopsis" by , There's no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

McGraw-Hill's Demystified titles are the most efficient, interestingly written, brush-ups you can find. Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams. You'll be able to learn more in less time, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and reinforce your knowledge and confidence.

This complete self-teaching guide takes an introductory approach to robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their own robot.

"Synopsis" by , There's no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

McGraw-Hill's Demystified titles are the most efficient, interestingly written, brush-ups you can find. Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams. You'll be able to learn more in less time, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and reinforce your knowledge and confidence.

This complete self-teaching guide takes an introductory approach to robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their own robot.

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