From the Back Cover
Fun and easy robot projects!
Discover how simple it is to build a working robot from scratch--using toys you have lying around the house plus a little imagination. This easy-to-follow resource contains detailed materials lists and step-by-step explanations that show you how to complete a variety of exciting, creative, and inexpensive projects. Packed with helpful illustrations to walk you through every step of the building process and hundreds of photos showing these projects in action, this book is entertaining for the entire family.
Do more with your existing Erector set, LEGO® MINDSTORMSTM, home computer, and R/C car!
- Create a 4-wheeled robot with a collision arm that changes direction
- Create a set of robots that race through a track or obstacle course
- Build a combat arena and watch your robots bash each other with hammers
- Simulate a mini-Mars Pathfinder mission and blast a real model rocket hundreds of feet into the air
- Assemble your own remote-controlled videobot using an old R/C car and a digital camera
- Create an army of "virtual" combat robots with a free computer program
- Use a robotic arm to sort objects into multicolored piles
About the Author
Dave Johnson (Colorado Springs, CO) has a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University. He has written about technology for 15 years. Dave's magazine credits include such publications as Wired, Handheld Computing Magazine, PC World Magazine, and Family PC Magazine. Johnson also hosted a call-in talk radio show on technology for two years. He is the author of 18 books, including the best-selling titles How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld (written with Rick Broida) and How to Do Everything with Your Digital Camera. Johnson was a contributing author to Build Your Own Combat Robot, and he has written several children's stories including The Wild Cookie, which was recently published as an interactive storybook for Windows.