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I'm a bit dissappointed with the second edition
on June 11, 2010
Initially I was very enthusiastic about the second edition of Intermediate Robot Building, but over the last few months I have become a bit disappointed. Yes, it does contain lots of great information on milling machines, motor drivers, the use of micro-controllers, and great information about the use of obstruction, edge, and proximity detecting sensors, all of which I am interested in learning, and yes it is very well written. But I have placed the project on an increasingly permanent hold.
Prior to the release of the second edition, I had begun to accumulate the parts for the Roundabout Robot, using the parts list published on Mr. Cook's website. I have accumulated nearly all the parts, fabricated a chassis and drive components controlled by my "Sandwich" robot's modular brain. So I am disappointed that the circuit boards needed for the Roundabout robot were not returned to the market with the release of the new edition.
I am hopeful that Mr. Cook will either resume supplying the circuit board to S___________s, or will license some other commercial entity to produce it, but unless that happens, I probably will not ever complete the project. True, I can have a board etched from the artwork on the Robot Room website, but with alternatives such as the BOE-BOT and the Arduino Serb readily available, this becomes an expensive and unnecessary hurdle for robot builders who want to move beyond the Sandwich project toward programmable, re-purpose-able robots.