Synopses & Reviews
Robotics--the design and creation of robots--is one of the most exciting and fast-growing areas of technology today. Robots are essentially computers with physical bodies; they can sense their environment, make decisions, and perform actions. They come in all shapes and sizes and are being used in almost every area of society--from business and industry to science, medicine, communications, entertainment, and beyond. While modern robots can be quite complex, the fundamental principles of robot building can be learned by any interested beginner. If you've ever thought about building your own robots, ROBOT BUILDING FOR TEENS will teach you how to get started in this fascinating hobby. The projects in this book include the "Digital Brain Robot," the "Bug Bot," and even a robot on wheels! You will learn how to design your robot, how to create a prototype, where to buy parts, how to program your finished robot to perform tasks, and more. You'll be led step-by-step through the projects in the book. Along the way, you'll learn about advanced robotic systems that use the same principles you're learning, and you'll get a glimpse into the future of robotics. This book's companion website includes software program files, parts lists for each project, and links to online parts suppliers. ROBOT BUILDING FOR TEENS is a fun, easy-to-understand, hands-on guide that will have you building your own robots in no time.
Have you ever thought about building your own robot? ROBOT BUILDING FOR TEENS will teach you how to get started in this fascinating hobby. Covering the fundamentals of robot creation, this book will teach you how to design your robot, how to create a prototype, where to buy parts, and how to program your finished robot to perform tasks. ROBOT BUILDING FOR TEENS focuses on the hardware and software involved in creating robots that can sense their environment, make decisions, and perform actions. You will start simply and be led, step-by-step, through the projects in the book. Along the way, you'll learn about advanced robotic systems that use the same principles you're learning in the projects, and you'll also learn what's happening today in the field of robotics, and what the future holds. ROBOT BUILDING FOR TEENS is a fun, easy-to-understand, hands-on guide that will have you building your own robots in no time.
About the Author
Behnam Salemi is Senior Staff Scientist at Broadcom. He has also worked as a robotocist for HRL Laboratories and a computer research scientist at the University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute. He received his B.S. degree in computer science from National University (Shahid Beheshti), Tehran, Iran, in 1991, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science and robotics from USC in 1997 and 2003, respectively. He is a member of the award-winning USC/ISI robotic team, the recipient of the gold medal in the international robotic soccer, and the recipient of the ISI Meritorious Award in 1997. His research activities have been reported by the media including Science, the L.A. Times, and CNN. His research interests include distributed multi-agent systems, distributed intelligent control, computer vision, distributed robotics, self-reconfigurable robots, and aerial robotics.
Table of Contents
1. The Runaway Robot, or Bug-Like Intelligence. 2. Built-In Intelligence. 3. Sensing and Acting. 4. Digital Brain. 5. Programming the DB-Bot. 6. Who Else is Using Digital Brains? 7. Extending DB-Bot. 8. Robotic Applications and New Directions. 9. What the Future Holds.