Synopses & Reviews
THE BEST AND BIGGEST ROBOTICS BOOK ON THE BLOCKNOW BETTER THAN EVERSUPERCHARGED 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 design
- Robot Basics
- Parts and Tools
- Practical Robotics Projects
- Money-Saving Hacks
- Construction Techniques: Plastic, Wood, and Metal
- Computer and Electronic Control
- Power, Motors, and Locomotion
- Sensors and Navigation
- Robot Programming
- Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits
- Avoiding Common Mistakes
- List of Sources for Parts and Ideas
FULLY ILLUSTRATED PLANS FOR 99 AMAZING ROBOTS
NEW to the Third Edition:
- 30 Completely New Projects!
- Hundreds of Helpful New Illustrations
- Customizability Added to Every Project
- More Materials and Tools You Can Use to Build Your Robots
- State-of-the-Art Advances
- More Help with Microcontrollers for the Beginner
- Developments in Remote Control
- Advanced Locomotion
- Information to Turn Toys into Automatons
- High-Tech Sensors
- Suggestions for Robotics Competitions and Competing
- 75% Fewer Bad Jokes
A major revision of the bestselling "bible" of amateur robotics building--packed with the latest in servo motor technology, microcontrolled robots, remote control, Lego Mindstorms Kits, and other commercial kits.
Gives electronics hobbyists fully illustrated plans for 11 complete Robots, as well as all-new coverage of Robotix-based Robots, Lego Technic-based Robots, Functionoids with Lego Mindstorms, and Location and Motorized Systems with Servo Motors.
Features a pictures and parts list that accompany all projects, and material on using the BASIC Stamp and other microcontrollers.
Everybody's favorite amateur robotics book is bigger, bolder, and better than ever! This updated edition of Gordon McComb's best-selling Robot Builder's Bonanza
features fascinating science tidbits, field-tested projects, and modular organization to make it easy to invent and build your own designs. Full appendices provide suggestions for further reading, Internet information sources, names and addresses for mail order supply companies, and help with interfacing logic families.
This heavily illustrated "bible" of amateur robotics is the best you can ever find. Take it home and start building robots today.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTEDWhere to Get the Parts
How Much They Cost
Working with Plastic, Wood, & Metal
Constructing the 'Bot
Avoiding Common Mistakes
Fully Illustrated Plans for these Amazing Robots
Six-Legged Walking Robot
Lego Lightbots that Seek and Avoid Light
Polar coordinate robotic arm
Revolute coordinate robotic arm
NEW IN THIS EDITIONLego Technic-Based Robots
Functionoids with Lego Mindstorms
Fixed and Mobile Systems with Servo Motors
Using the Basic Stamp, BasicX, and Other Microcontrollers
Remote Controlled Robots
Infrared, Ultrasonic, Laser, and other High-Tech Sensors
This edition includes servo motor technology, microcontrolled robots, remote control, Lego and other commercial kits. It also offers picture and parts lists to accompany all projects to provide the user with step-by-step instructions for robotics ideas.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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