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Robot Building for Beginners, 2nd Edition (Technology in Action) 2nd Edition
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I studied philosophy in college, so can offer my son no help in building robots. I've seen this book described as a swimming pool that's 5'x5' but 25' deep. That's pretty apt. I like the extensive chapter on components - what they are, how they work - neither my son nor I knew a resistor from a diode before. Also an entire chapter on safety was great from the concerned parent perspective.
The book is long, but covers a lot of ground with very little fluff. In 10 days my son had read up to the chapter where you start building your robot - he had absorbed a ton of information, built a few basic circuits and tested/troubleshot them with a multimeter. Now he's just waiting impatiently for me to set him up with the necessary components to start building (actually he's started scavenging components from dead/unused electronics he comes across; and I'm starting to fear for my DVD player).
I don't think you'll find a better starting point for a novice.
I think the book would have rated fairly high if the required equipment was available, but the lack of it forces me to drop the rating to a 2.
By contrast, this clear and well illustrated beginners guide develops the skills and basic theoretical understanding of electronic construction and mechanics to achieve initial success and grow in knowledge with any robotic project and in a variety of hobbyist electronics. I would recommend it to any aspiring beginner in robotics and electronic construction as the basis mastering an exciting hobby or practical engineering pursuit.
MSE/MBA IT Consultant
If you are interested in learning from the ground level and/or have a kid who shows up wanting to build a robot, I would recommend this book as a good starting point.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really had my attention in the beginning! Everything is explained well for the beginner. I was excited and I planned on building a robot while I read the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer