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JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Create a cool robot from scratch--in just a few hours!
Ever wonder what to do with those discarded items in your junk drawer? Now you can use electronic parts from old Walkmans, spare remote controls, even paper clips to build your very own autonomous robots and gizmos. Get step-by-step instructions from the Junkbot masters for creating simple and fun self-guiding robots safely and easily using common and not-so-common objects from around the house--or within a quick shopping trip away. Using BEAM technology, ordinary tools, salvaged electronic bits, and the occasional dead toy, you'll be able to construct a solar-powered obstacle-avoiding device, engineer a mini-sumo-wrestling robot, build a motorized walking robot bug, and much more. So grab your screwdriver, raid that dumpster, and join the robot-building revolution!
- Get an overview of basic electronics, robot construction methods, and learn the difference between "dead bug" and "live bug" electronics
- Identify the essential tools you need for mechanical assembly and gain important safety tips
- Find out why BEAM robotics is a growing alternative to traditional CPU-based robotics
- Learn "dumpster diving" strategies for collecting prime robot construction material that's available no other way
- Use a cell phone battery or solar panel from a calculator to create dual-power sources for your robot
- Understand how to use soldering equipment and various support tools
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Top Customer Reviews
I was amazed at how well the book was written (it's genuinely funny in spots), and how much attention to detail was evident in clear photos and well-done illustrations. This is a model for how such a book should be done.
There are seven projects in the book, from a simple solar-powered top to a rather sophisticated four-legged insect-like walker. Set-by-step instructions are given for each project, along with process photos and circuit diagrams.
One of the coolest things about BEAMbots is that they're often built from analog electronics scavenged from techno-junk (old solar calculators, Walkman, pagers, modems, etc.). Dave provides info on how to round up this junk and where to go for the parts you can't scrounge.
I think that making some of these little autonomous robo-critters and letting them scuttle and flail around in your office (seeking light, avoiding light, dodging obstacles) would be a great way of flexing your superior geek muscles. Make some of these babies and you'll be the envy of propellerheads everywhere!
Tilden is the father of this movement and Dave Hrynkiw injects a friendly warm tone to the writing that makes this easy to peruse.
I built the first bot yesterday and had a really great time with the process. I agree with previous posters that some of this is on the internet, but this book is moderately priced and worth having around.
With regard to kits, perhaps the worst example of that is at least one product (SunSwinger) shown on one of the Solarbotics catalog pages "has not been available" for at least four years - and it was one of the best they ever produced, exemplifying BEAM at its original peak. Also, it is also truly sad the the "Bicore Experimenter's Board" is no longer available because in ONE legal-sized breadboard there were a huge number of 'mini-breadboards' that could be split out in order to form new and exciting experiments using only the absolutely minimum 'real-estate' required.
These days it is far better to follow the BEAM list on YahooGroups and various blogs - the information covered by the book is often discussed there repeatedly throughout the year and it is the only place whatsoever where any forward progress in BEAM technology is shown. For example, if one were to sample the products being sold by nearly ALL robotics retailers these days, you would see the huge trend toward the current popularity of the use of microcontrollers. BEAM robots DEFINITELY were originally analog devices in the past, but people simply are almost exclusively using digital technology to build their devices now.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool book-writing learn to work with components good learning tool... Hands on explained..... TimPublished 1 month ago by Timothy Mills
I like the book. It will help me get started with robotics. Good for beginners.Published 6 months ago by Joshua Galloway
This is a great crash course on finding parts to get your first BEAM bots up and running. I enjoyed the light humorous writing and clear diagrams. Read morePublished 7 months ago by OEJPSP
Mark Tilden's early robotics work revolves around his patented nervous networks. Tilden was building small, agile and light-weight, walking robots in the late 1980s to early 1990s... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ron Childress
Yet another potpourri review and standard "toy" projects but like many of its ilk
does not present framework of core concepts, upon which
the newbie can build and... Read more
The projects are a time investment but this is the best starting point for making simple BEAM robotsPublished 10 months ago by Scott Henson
Just bought this book for one project. I like the way it is written.
Tons of neat projects for kids and tinkerers. Read more