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Make an Arduino-Controlled Robotby Michael Margolis
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Building robots that sense and interact with their environment used to be tricky. Now, Arduino makes it easy. With this book and an Arduino microcontroller and software creation environment, youll learn how to build and program a robot that can roam around, sense its environment, and perform a wide variety of tasks. All you to get started with the fun projects is a little programming experience and a keen interest in electronics.
Make a robot that obeys your every command—or runs on its own.
Maybe youre a teacher who wants to show students how to build devices that can move, sense, respond, and interact with the physical world. Or perhaps youre a hobbyist looking for a robot companion to make your world a little more futuristic. With Make an Arduino Controlled Robot, youll learn how to build and customize smart robots on wheels.
Arduino is a family of microcontrollers (tiny computers) and a software creation environment that makes it easy for you to create programs (called sketches) that can interact with the physical world. Arduino enables your robot to sense the environment and respond in a rich variety of ways. This book helps you to build a robot that is capable of performing a wide variety of tasks.This book is for people who want to explore robotics concepts like movement, obstacle detection, handling sensors, remote control, and all kinds of real world physical computing challenges. It is for people who want to understand how these concepts can be used to build, expand and customize your robot.
About the Author
Michael Margolis is a technologist in the field of real time computing with expertise in developing and delivering hardware and software for interacting with the environment. He has more than 30 years of experience at senior levels with Sony, Microsoft, and Lucent/Bell Labs. He has written libraries and core software that are part of the official Arduino 1.0 distribution.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: Introduction to Robot BuildingChapter 2: Building the ElectronicsChapter 3: Building the Two-Wheeled Mobile PlatformChapter 4: Building the Four-Wheeled Mobile PlatformChapter 5: Tutorial: Getting Started with ArduinoChapter 6: Testing the Robot's Basic FunctionsChapter 7: Controlling Speed and DirectionChapter 8: Tutorial: Introduction to SensorsChapter 9: Modifying the Robot to React to Edges and LinesChapter 10: Autonomous MovementChapter 11: Remote ControlEnhancing Your RobotUsing Other Hardware with Your RobotDebugging Your RobotPower SourcesProgramming ConstructsArduino Pin and Timer Usage
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