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This title is unique in its coverage of a wide variety of robot types: walker robots, solar-ball robots, acrobots, underwater bots, and robotic hands. No prior technical skills are required. Following an introduction to robotics and AI, the text discusses the various components of robot construction: power systems, drive systems, sensors, intelligence, speed controllers, and even neural networks. The project examples tie it all together, and finally tips show readers how to create bots of their own design. Library Journal 20021101 From New Literature Section: Build your own walking, talking, thinking robot with the projects covered in this book on amateur robotics. Providing you with the building blocks of electronics and motion control, the book enables you to construct a robotic arm that reponds to your spoken command, put together basic modules to create sophisticated robot designs of your own, and more. First-time robot-builders and advanced hobbyists can complete these projects without programming or assembly language skills. Poptronics 20020401

From the Back Cover

“Bound to stir the imagination and inspire plans.”--Poptronics, on John Iovine’s PIC Microcontroller Project Book

MORE SENSORS―MORE SMARTS―MORE MOVES―MORE POWER―MORE CONTROL―MORE PROJECTS―LOWER COSTS―AMATEUR ROBOTICS COMES INTO ITS OWN!

Robots, Androids, and Animatrons Second Edition

The time has come for you to bring a robot to life! With the plummeting costs of microcontrollers, quantum improvements and price reductions in other technologies, and the availability of a slew of exciting components in the electronics marketplace, there’s never been a better time to explore the world of the nearly human. With the complete directions supplied by popular electronics author John Iovine in this revised Robots, Androids, and Animatrons, you can:


• Build your first walking, talking, sensing, thinking robot
• Create 12 working robotic projects, using the fully illustrated instructions provided
• Get the best available introduction to robotics, motion control, sensors, and neural intelligence
• Put together basic modules to build sophisticated ‘bots of your own design
• Construct a robotic arm that responds to your spoken commands
• Build a realistic, functional robotic hand
• Apply sensors to detect bumps, walls, inclines , and roads
• Give your robot expertise and neural intelligence
• Do all of this without programming or assembly language skills

PERFECT FOR FIRST-TIME ROBOT BUILDERS―AND FOR MORE ADVANCED HOBBYISTS WHO WANT TO ADD TO THEIR SKILLS
If you have basic electronics abilities, Robots, Androids, and Animatrons gives you everything you need to create 12 exciting robotic projects using off-the-shelf products and workshop-built devices―including a complete parts list. Also ideal for anyone interested in electronic and motion control, this book―already a cult classic―gives you the building blocks you need to go practically anywhere in robotics. You’ll find hours of amusement here ―and perhaps the germ of your new best friend!

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Product Details

  • Series: TAB Electronics Technical Library
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 2 edition (October 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071376836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071376839
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Iovine is a science experimenter and writer. He has written non fiction books and articles on a variety of topics in science and electronics such as; photography, microcontrollers, virtual reality and neural networks. John's book publishers include: McGraw-Hill, Newnes, Focal Press, Prompt Publications. Magazines who have published John's articles are: Make Magazine, Scientific American, Nuts and Volts, Servo Magazine, Circuit Cellar, Radio-Electronics, Popular Electronics and others.

John also writes science fiction stories and novels.

John is the owner operator of Images Scientific Instruments Inc., a small science and electronics manufacturing company.

He resides in Staten Island with his wife and two children, their dog Chansey and cat Squeaks.


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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. Porter on May 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a comprehensive yet easily understood review and guide to robotics, this is a perfect book. After an introduction and history, the author discusses the primary elements of robots: power, drives and sensors. Then he explains one of the central topics in hobby robotics: neural networks. Iovine does an excellent job of contrasting this type of robot with more traditional types, and in doing so can save the novice many hours of research. The remaining chapters are devoted to specific types of robots--everything from battery powered "walkers" and solar-bots, to underwater and blimp-like devices. He also describes robotic arms, how to control robots with computers, and finally, how to construct an android hand! For all of these projects, Iovine provides schematic electrical diagrams and directions for construction.
This is indeed a terrific summary and guide to the fascinating field of hobby robotics.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Glenn Anaiscourt on July 2, 2001
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Robots, Androids and Animatrons covers a lot of bases. It provides tantalizing information and commentary on technology currently under development and envisioned for the coming few decades. The text is clear, and the projects are straightforward, creative and interesting. Iovine provides a taste of a variety of technologies, and ideas about where to go for additional, related information outside the scope of the book. This is not the consummate 'bot hobbyist's manual that McComb's Robot Builder's Bonanza is, but it will make a valuable addition to many an enthusiast's library. The style of the text is geared toward younger and less experienced readers. For example, Iovine discusses the BASIC Stamp, and does not discuss any other microcontrollers. He does not go into much detail or depth on any particular topic. I'd say that Iovine's audience is probably best represented by scientifically-inclined high-school students. However, there is an interesting section on employing DTMF (touch-tone dialing) for remote control which I think would tickle the fancy of any hobbyist. There are also sections on speech control, telepresence, pneumatics, and a robotic fish that contain information I haven't seen duplicated elsewhere. Not all of Iovine's projects are cheap. Some of the required parts are a little exotic, and may only be available through Images Company, to which John constantly refers. Readers seeking less expensive or alternative sources may have to get creative. But this is a minor inconvenience. Robotics isn't a cheap hobby, exotic parts are sometimes unavoidable, and Iovine's projects are super neat. His book is interesting and worthwhile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "srightnar" on January 6, 2000
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This book is good for someone who has some electronic experience and seems to be geared toward a beginner in robotics (Not electronics).This book requires you know basic electronic components and gives a good platform to begin building robots. Not all the projects in this book are cheap and do require the purchase of the BASIC Stamp but the basic stamp is an important tool in building more complex robots as a person progresses into robotics.Overall it was well worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2001
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If you have some electronics experience and basic hand tools, this is a good source of robot building information. Most of the material deals with building robots to mimic living creatures such as insects, using both discrete circuits and microprocessors.
I received alot of insight into building this type of robot, but was disappointed by the abundance of typos and errors in the circuit diagrams. Looks like they got in a bit of a hurry to get it to press.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dustin G on September 27, 1998
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The title says robots you can build, yeah this is true if you are an engineer. The projects are not cheap either, almost all require a basic board, which is about $150 . It does give you a list of the parts and there price, but it doesn't say where to buy them from. All it lists is the name and the address of a company, that I think the author must work for. It is good in that it has an interesting few chapters on AI, robots now and in the future, which are very intriguing. I can only recommend this book to those that have deep pockets and know how to read schematics. If you don't have either, then I suggest you wait for the programable leggo robots to come out this Christmas.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2001
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This isn't a "hands-on" projects book as the title would suggest. Poorly written. Useless. I could summarize each chapter as such: "Ok, go buy a RC car, buy some components, attach the components to the car... and you're done. You have a robot! Isn't that cool?" Sheesh. What a waste of paper. I just bought Robot Builder's Bonanza. I've heard good things about that book - so I'll give that a try now. It certainly can't be any worse than John Iovine's book. Buyer beware on "Robots, Androids, and Animatrons".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Rossi on March 13, 2002
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The illustrations and text I found to be very helpful for a project I was working on, but the supplies the book recommends can usually de difficult to find, and can tend to be a bit pricy.
I recommend visiting a local toy store after deciding on a project, and buying toys with the parts you need. Its more fun to make one thing into another anyway.
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