Synopses & Reviews
More descriptive, less mathematical, and easier to read than other books on the subject of robotics. Provides an introduction to robotics—definition, history, description, applications, maintenance, human safety, artificial intelligence, rationale, the future. Investigates the intelligence of the robot and reviews robot sensors. Focuses on software, but devotes considerable attention to the electronics (computer hardware) of the robot. Designed to meet the needs of those with or without extensive technical background.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 483-484) and index.
Table of Contents
I. AN INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS. 1. What Is a Robot?
2. The History of Robots.
3. Components of an Industrial Robot: Part I.
4. Components of an Industrial Robot: Part II.
5. End-of-Arm Tooling.
7. Applications for Industrial, Business, and Domestic Robots.
8. Robot Maintenance.
9. Robotics and Safety.
10. Artificial Intelligence.
11. Classification of Robots.
12. Justifying the Use of Robots.
13. The Future for Robots.
II. ROBOTICS PROGRAMMING PROBLEMS AND TECHNIQUES. 14. Operating Systems for Robots.
15. Robot Application Programming.
16. Carrying Out a Robotics Project.
17. Vision Systems.
18. Tactile Systems.
19. Proximity Sensors.
III. ROBOTICS PROJECTS. 21. Construction of Simple Robot Projects.
Appendix A. Mechanics.
Appendix B. Electricity, Electronics, and Computer Fundamentals.
Appendix C. Robotics Organizations.
Appendix D. Robot Specifications.
Appendix E. PC Board Inspection Using a Stand-Alone Vision System.