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The all-time classic robot bookfully revised and updated!
Robot Builders Bonanza, Fourth Edition covers the latest trends and cutting-edge technologies in robotics. The projects have been replaced with new designs that emphasize suitability for beginners, expandability, rapid prototyping, ease of construction, and low cost. The new “RBB-BOT” core project is used as a base for demonstrating ideas throughout the book, for anyone needing a bit more guidance and source code. This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to build amazing robots!
New to the Fourth Edition:
- "RBB-Bot" core project that provides project consistency throughout the book
- All-new robot construction projects
- Emphasizes the new open-source microcontroller, Arduino, yet still devotes space to other popular products, such as PIC, Basic STAMP, and LEGO Mindstorms
- 30% more illustrations to more clearly illustrate the required steps
- New author blog with chapter excerpts, new projects, content updates, news, and other material
- Videos and Flash-based animation posted to blog and YouTube to demonstrate techniques
Robot builders paradise!
Exploring the world of robotics; Why build a robot; anatomy of a robot; Tools and techniques; Building tools and supplies; Setting up electronics shop; Building robots with the BASIC Stamp; Introduction to the BASIC Stamp; Building and using the BOE-Bot; BOE-Bot projects; LEGO-Based robotics; Building your first LEGO robot; Developing an RCX robot; Developing an NXT robot; Robot construction; Bodies and frames; Getting parts; Working with metal; Power and movement; Batteries; Selecting a motor; Moving your robot; DC fear motors; More about using RC motors; Control and decision making; Mechanical; Electronic circuitry; Interfacing robot electronics; Robot programming techniques; Motion control; Sensing the world; Touch and contact sensing; Distance sensing and measurement; Sensing orientation and placement; Detecting heat and light; Danger; Interacting with your robot; Lights and indicators; Sound output and input; Operating your robot via manual remote control; Advanced robotics; Build a robotic gripper; Build an articulated robot arm; Build a six-legged walking bot; Interfacing a PC to your robot; Using robotics to animate toys, costumes, and displays; Your first robot; Robot menagerie;: Collecting robots, toys, and art; Builder's clubs and competitions
Fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling robot book New designs emphasize suitability for beginners, expandability, rapid prototyping, ease of construction, and low cost Includes a new, core project that provides consistency throughout the book Features 30% more illustrations, and coverage of Arduino, the new open-source microcontroller, along with other popular robotics products
The Bestselling Robotics Book--Now with New Projects and Online Tools
Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that can be programmed from your computer. Fully updated with the latest technologies and techniques, Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition includes step-by-step plans that take you from building basic motorized platforms to giving the machine a brain--and teaching it to walk, talk, and obey commands.
This robot builder's paradise is packed with more than 100 affordable projects, including 10 completely new robot designs. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable robots of all shapes and sizes. Mix and match the projects to develop your own unique creations. The only limit is your imagination
Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition covers: Parts, materials, and tools Building motorized wooden, plastic, and metal platforms Rapid prototyping methods Drafting bots with computer-aided design Constructing high-tech robots from toys Building bots from found parts Power, motors, and locomotion Robots with wheels, tracks, and legs Constructing robotic arms and grippers Robot electronics and circuit making Computers and electronic control Microcontrollers--Arduino, PICAXE, and the BASIC stamp Remote control systems Sensors, navigation, and visual feedback Robot vision via proximity, light, and distance
New FREE online content at:
www.robotoid.com My First Robot tutorial lessons Project parts finder Animated, interactive learning tools How-to videos, robot e-plans, bonus articles, links, and more
Plus, go to:
www.mhprofessional.com/rbb4 for: Downloadable programs RBB app notes Bonus chapters
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About the Author
Gordon McComb has written more than 60 books and thousands of magazine articlesmore than a million copies of his books are in print, in more than a dozen languages. Gordon has been called "The father of hobby robotics" by MAKE Magazine. For 13 years, he wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column on computers, which reached several million readers worldwide. Gordon is still a regular contributor to SERVO Magazine, and most recently completed seven years as writer of their popular Robotics Resources column.
Table of Contents
Section I: Exploring the World of Robotics
; Ch 1: Why Build a Robot; Ch 2: Anatomy of a Robot; Section II: Tools and Techniques
; Ch 3: Building tools and supplies; Ch 4: Setting up electronics shop; Section III: Building Robots With the BASIC Stamp
; Ch 5: Introduction to the BASIC Stamp; Ch 6: Building and using the BOE-Bot; Ch 7: BOE-Bot projects; Section IV: LEGO-Based Robotics
; Ch 8: Building your first LEGO robot; Ch 9: Developing an RCX robot; Ch 10: Developing an NXT robot; Section V: Robot Construction
; Ch 11: Bodies and frames; Ch 12: Getting parts (sources, buying); Ch 13: Working with metal; Section VI: Power and Movement
; Ch 14: Batteries; Ch 15: Selecting a motor; Ch 16: Moving your robot; Ch 17: DC fear motors; Ch 18: More about using RC motors; Section VII: Control and Decision Making
; Ch 18: Mechanical (switches, relays); Ch 19: Electronic circuitry; Ch 20: Interfacing robot electronics; Ch 21: Robot programming techniques; Ch 22: Motion control; Section VIII: Sensing the World
; Ch 22: Touch and contact sensing; Ch 23: Distance sensing and measurement; Ch 24: Sensing orientation and placement; Ch 25: Detecting heat and light; Ch 26: Danger, Will Robinson! Section IX: Interacting With Your Robot
; Ch 27: Lights and indicators; Ch 28: Sound output and input; Ch 29: Operating your robot via manual remote control; Section X: Advanced Robotics
; Ch 30: Build a robotic gripper; Ch 31: Build an articulated robot arm; Ch 32: Build a six-legged walking bot; Ch 33: Interfacing a PC to your robot; Ch 34: Using robotics to animate toys, costumes, and displays; Section XI: Your First Robot
; Ch 35 TBD; Ch 36 TBD; Ch 37 TBD; Section XI: Robot Menagerie
; Ch 38: Collecting robots, toys, and art; Ch 39: Builder's clubs and competitions; Appendices
; Further Reading; Primary Parts Sources; Primary Internet Sources; Reference (charts, graphs, basic circuits)