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Applied Robotics (Book & CD-ROM) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0790611846
ISBN-10: 0790611848
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Prompt Publications / SAMS Technical Publications; 1st edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0790611848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0790611846
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,218,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Glenn Anaiscourt on July 9, 2001
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Those familiar with Gordon McComb's 'Robot Builder's Bonanza' know that he interacts with and leverages off of developments in the hobby robotics community, soliciting ideas from readers and referring them to a plethora of resources outside of himself. Edwin Wise's 'Applied Robotics' is more of a one-man show. Whereas 'Bonanza' provides individual chapters devoted to describing three different MCUs, and allows the reader to use his / her own judgment in selecting one, Wise relies exclusively on the Atmel AT8515. Though very good, Atmel is not the most common choice among amateur roboticists, and this will limit the reader's ability to find kindred spirits in clubs or cyberspace when the inevitable questions arise. Nor is the AT8515 a beginner's MCU. All of the book's code samples are written in a single, proprietary programming language developed by the author himself, called Fuzbol. This language incorporates fuzzy logic capabilities as its primary feature, and for those interested in fuzzy logic, Wise provides a more complete introduction than I have seen elsewhere. However, "[m]ath in Fuzbol is very slow," Wise says on p. 165. "[D]ivision is the worst, then multiplication. The slowest of all is real-valued math and it is best to avoid it unless necessary." In the preface, Wise refers to Applied Robotics as a beginner's guide, and as a book that may provide new ideas and techniques for the advanced builder. I would actually call this an intermediate-level hobbyist's guide. The advanced builder is familiar with almost all of the concepts addressed, while the bona fide beginner is likely to have difficulty with much of what lies beyond Chapter 6. Wise assumes his readers are familiar with computers and electronic circuits.Read more ›
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A great book! Sure to warm the hearts of hardware hackers everywhere. If you want to get into robotics and you would prefer to build a small robot of your own design rather than buying an off-the-shelf robot or kit then this book is for you. Well organized, engaging and clearly written this book will give you the information you need to engineer your own robot. The book includes a CD that contains a fuzzy logic programming language as well as other software developement tools for the reccomended Atmel MCU. This seems like a real bargain in a meaty book that costs under 25 dollars. Edwin Wise also sells inexpensive kits containing electronic and mechanical parts from his company website. If you love the smell of a hot soldering iron, buy this book!
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By A Customer on March 10, 2000
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This book is wonderful for the small time robot enthusiast. It starts from scratch, with the basics so anyone can follow along, and moves into more advanced and interesting robot behaviors. I built a small mobile robot and bought his kit, and now have a fully programmed robot that I can tinker with. It also includes a great programming language fuzBol that uses fuzzy logic, and some great ideas for future experiments.
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I used this book in conjunction with Gordon McComb's Robot Builder's Bonanza. The book provides step by step instructions for building a mobile robot and in doing so eliminates most of the apprehensions of a beginning robot builder. The book is somewhat specific and is not very detailed. The author however, is extermely helpful and responsive to questions and problems encountered. I e-mailed him numerous times and received immediate responses- the deciding factor in making this a five star book.
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Good to know that there is a book out there that offers treatment of a more modern microcontroller (as opposed to PIC or 8051 controllers).
This book is full of great examples and psuedocode, from very basic circuits (get your feet wet!!) to the more complex fuzzy logic circuits.
I would have liked to have seen more time devoted to the fuzzy logic algorithms and explanations and less to blinking LEDs, but oh well. The author presents his own language "Fuzbol" which may or may not be useful to hobbyists...it has an interesting syntax that's vaguely C-like.
Overall, this is a well thought out book and far more useful than some of the other "classics" out there. A recommended purchase for hobbyists or students (more advanced might find this too simple).
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