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How to Build Your Own Self-Programming Robot Paperback – November 1, 1979


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; First Edition edition (November 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830612416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830612413
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,886,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Grayland on November 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you have an interest in robotics, and a decent knowledge of electronics, then this book is certainly worth reading. Despite its age, the information it provides is applicable today.
Heiserman tells of his own robots, specifically Rodney, who can program himself. One example given was of Heiserman handicapping Rodney, by scratching his processors and removing one of his wheels - Rodney learned to move about efficiently in a short period of time, with no assistance. Similar anecdotes are spread throughout the book.
But most importantly, the book tells the reader how they can construct a robot similar to (or exactly the same as) Rodney. Schematics, wiring diagrams and so forth fill a large portion of the book - providing a clear method for construction.
Overall, this is certainly an interesting book. Even if you don't plan to build yourself a robot, the anecdotes are both entertaining and amazing enough alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ramiro Molina on September 18, 2013
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I first ran into this book in 1987 at my middle school library. This book is geared towards those that have good knowledge of electronics and are willing to jump into a project that involves CPU based control. The "robot" described in this book is no R2-D2, it does not beep, talk or do anything particularly smart. Rather this book outlines how to build a wheeled robot controlled by an Intel 8085 CPU, programmed by hand in binary using an array of switches that bumbles around a room on its own. Think of it as the first version off i-robots "roomba" vacuumn...except without the vac, bigger and you program it by hand. I purchased this book recently because it was the first book that I ran into as a kid that dealt in simple to understand terms about working with a CPU. Granted programming the code into memory using only toggle switches is stone age tech nowadays...it is one project that will enable you to work with a simple CPU you can build and program without needing a Oscilloscope or computer from begining to end.
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