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Build Your Own Underwater Robot and Other Wet Projects Spiral-bound – January, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0968161005 ISBN-10: 0968161006 Edition: 6th Rep

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Westcoast Words; 6th Rep edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968161006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968161005
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book to get one started in underwater robotics.
Kerwin L. Lumpkins
For those aspiring to delve deeper into technical details I would also recommend checking out Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication.
Abdul
The book has very detailed instructions and is very easy to use.
Christie Robbins

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kerwin L. Lumpkins on December 14, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
Really neat book. I have wanted to tinker with an underwater robot for some time. Indeed, who hasn't wanted to build a submarine or something like it since they saw their first submarine war movie.
This book presents the fundamental design challenges in very clear English. There are 2 vehicle designs presented with plenty of diagrams and hints to avoid common pitfalls. The techniques for waterproofing the motors and control system are very simple and are commonly available in any hardware store or even already in the household. Great book to get one started in underwater robotics. And to finally fulfill that childhood dream.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shahab on April 18, 2010
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This book is not written for my level of studies, but I fell in love with this book. I borrowed the book for the first time from a library after I started my master thesis in Robotics and then was left with no choice but to buy it ...
The book is a good start to get you fast and with an easy language, through not just the technologies existing generally for underwater projects but assist you in building some functional underwater machines. The projects are not very complicated but a good start in building water proof machinery. You can always develop on and make something awesome out of the current simple projects.
In my case I have started a project called Project Seahorse(search for project-seahorse at [...]) at our robotics club here at Oslo.
The book is also a perfect choice for young students who want to start building something and feel great after it :-)

I recommend buying the book to all those beginners with underwater technologies and as a good present to your young family members :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abdul on January 7, 2014
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I came across this little gem of a book while searching on the Internet for ideas, inspiration and technical advice on building a basic ROV for my then 7 year old son. His interest stems from knowing I am employed in the industry as an ROV pilot.

Build Your Own Underwater Robot and Other Wet Projects provides both an excellent introduction to beginners and a great easy understanding of the basic design principles and considerations to individuals already working in the industry. Two complete ROV designs are presented - the introductory level 3-thruster SeaPerch and a slightly more ambitious 6-thruster SeaFox. There is even advice on how to select and fit a camera to receive live video feed. Each of the designs can be taken on their own or used as inspiration together with the other material presented to evolve your own design. I have personally chosen to make a bigger, beefier SeaPerch version while incorporating some of the features of the SeaFox such as the camera and compass.

The book is lively and fun to study. Plenty of diagrams and an easy-to-read language all add to it's appeal. As another reviewer mentioned, the accessible style makes it suitable even for younger children. I cannot think of any other book equally suitable for 7 year olds through to pensioners! And all at a very affordable price too. There really are no negatives about it.

For those aspiring to delve deeper into technical details I would also recommend checking out Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication. Another fantastic one-of-a-kind ROV book delivering more of the same but on a much grander scale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Volkov on July 27, 2010
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It was, maybe, aimed at high-schoolers, but really helps anyone who wants to build an underwater robot - a really great book! It resides on my table and will probably make me to finally build a robot too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christie Robbins on March 2, 2010
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I am a gifted teacher and have been looking for lesson plans for building an ROV. This book is more than I could have hoped for. The project is simple enough for my sixth grade students to build, yet complex enough to challenge them. The ROV will be a final project for a unit on underwater archaeology. The students will operate them to explore an underwater "wreck site". The book has very detailed instructions and is very easy to use. The ROV project is divided into three sections - frame, motors, and control box - which makes it easy to have students work in teams. They are each responsible for their individual part of the project but ultimately they must work together to complete the ROV and get it working properly. The book has a very easy to follow supply list which makes gathering the materials easy. We will be building 18 so it did take some time to gateher materials and price shop for the best deal but the overall cost was reasonable. Kelvin was a good place for motors, propellers, and toggle switches. I emailed the co-author, Vickie Jensen, about changing the number of propeller blades and received a very quick reply that explained in detail how the change would effect our projects. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a project on robotics, underwater exploration, or buoyancy. I plan to update this review once our projects are completed. I am not sure yet how well the ROV's will work but I know the students will learn a lot about buoyancy, robotics, problem solving, and teamwork just by building them. There is also a more complex ROV and a really cool project for building an underwater habitat which can also be used as a "garage" for the ROV.
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