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EVERYTHING THE ROBOTICS HOBBYIST NEEDS TO LEARN -- WHAT IT IS -- WHERE TO GET IT -- HOW TO GET STARTED
FROM THE AUTHOR OF ROBOT BUILDERS BONANZA!
Fascinated by the world of robotics but dont know how to tap into the incredible amount of information available on the subject? Clueless as to locating specific information on robotics? Want the names, addresses, phone numbers, and web sites of companies that can supply the exact part, plan, kit, building material, programming language, operating system, computer system, or publication youve been searching for? Turn to Robot Builders Sourcebook – a unique clearinghouse of information for that will open 2500+ new doors and spark almost as many new ideas.
Written by Gordon McComb, author of the classic Robot Builders Bonanza, one of the most popular books ever written on amateur robotics, the Sourcebook lists over 2500 mail-order suppliers and other sources, including local-area businesses, cross-referenced and categorized to make your search quick and easy. Youll find detailed information about the resources, including addresses and phone numbers: In short, everything you need to find – and acquire – common and uncommon robotics parts and supplies. In order to provide a true “robotics goldmine,” this one-of-a kind guide also includes:
* Dozens of informative “sidebars” to help you understand essential robotic technologies such as motor types, sensor design, and how to select the best materials
* Scores of relevant articles designed to fill-in informational gaps, stimulate thinking, and help you make the most of all the material the Sourcebook makes available to you
If you want to know where in the world of robotics you can find it . . . turn to the Sourcebook.
A comprehensive listing (with address, phone numbers, web sites) of over 2500 suppliers and manufacturers of robot components, materials, tools, and much more. There are even sources for tracking down older and hard-to-find parts. Also listed are books, journals, magazines, professional societies, and Internet resources, including education sites, competition information, and web sites where hobbyists can find examples of program code. Dozens of sidebars and articles on various robotics topics break up the directory feel. The author also indicates recommended sources based on his own experiences and identifies "premium" sources that are dedicated to robot hobbyists.
This work includes listings of robot suppliers, including mail order and local businesses. Sidebars are included with additional information to help readers understand critical robotics technologies, such as motor types, sensor designs, and choice of materials.
A great companion to the bestselling "Robot Builder's Bonanza, " this much-needed directory for amateur and educational robotics contains over 2,500 listings of robot suppliers, including mail order and local area businesses. 225 illustrations.
About the Author
Gordon McComb is the author of more than 50 books and 1,000 magazine articles and newspaper columns, most of them on science and technology. His writings have appeared in Popular Science, Omni, High Technology, Poptronix, Popular Electronics, Radio-Electronics, Mechanix Illustrated, PC Magazine, and dozens of others. For 13 years he wrote a weekly nationally syndicated newspaper column on computers and was the originator of Robotics Workshop in Popular Electronics. Mr. McComb has also been a long-time robot fanatic and maintains a well-stocked robot workshop in his southern California home. He is the author of McGraw-Hills Robot Builders Bonanza, the “Bible” of amateur robot building and a true cult classic.
Table of Contents
How to Use the Source Listings
Actuators-Shape Memory Alloy
Batteries and Power
Computers-Single Board Computers
Fests and Shows
Internet-Bulletin Board/Mailing List
Internet-Personal Web Page
Journals and Magazines
Materials-Paper andandPlastic Laminates
Radio Control-Servo Control
Test and Measurement
Wheels and Casters
Appendix A: Yellow Pages-First Line of Defense
Where to Find It
About the Author