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Arduino Robotics (Technology in Action) 2011th Edition
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The authors have used a solid foundation to describe the basic electric and electronic theory in a simple and straight forward way, making the book both easy to read and understand. The electronics world has many pitfalls where duplicate terminology abounds and the authors have clearly described these situations which certainly would help a novice understand the ambiguity created when terms like negative, ground, sink, VSS and cathode all refer to the same thing. The visual depiction of both electronic component symbols and actual components makes this book an invaluable reference.
The versatility of the Arduino becomes evident when the reader sees how easily the Arduino interfaces with each of the projects. The Arduino is programmed via an Integrated Development Environment using code sketches which describe the operational steps the Arduino will execute at the robotic level. The basic variables, functions and procedures of the coding language are described along with sketch examples.
A refreshing aspect to this book is how the authors have used parts from obsolete or broken equipment for the robotic sensors and drive mechanisms as opposed to sourcing expensive, new parts and components for the construction of the projects.
The hands-on nature of the bot projects show numerous photographs of the bots during their construction, providing the reader with a lot more than just a plain old diagram or blueprint.
A worthy book.
transition from a line-following or wall hugging robot to advanced projects like a workhorse lawnbot and a do-it yourself Segway-clone it would be worth many times the cover price. But, with practical well-illustrated instruction it also provides the physical computing enthusiast with the background they need in sensors and actuators (like accelerometers, H-Bridge Motor Controllers and Arduino Interfacing of DC Servo and Stepper Motors) to complete many advanced projects of all kinds with the Arduino and a variety of embedded processors. Addtional Hackerspace skills such as use of a Dremel Tool, PCB layout with Eagle Cad and homebrew PCB construction round out the skills to complete a wide variety of Electronic and Mechatronic projects.
So, whether your aim is to build personal robotic projects in the Hackerspace, or in K-12 STEM Education and you wish to use the Open Source
easy to implement Arduino Platform, or you need a range of hardware, software and workshop skills to complete your own dream project this book is an excellent and necessary part of your library.
--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA
Technology Researcher, Consultant & Hackerspace Participant at Philly's Hive 76
Editing seems sloppy. I was unimpressed with the organization of the book and the table of contents are incorrectly aligned with the text.
For building advanced projects, it is very good. There are detailed instructions, a parts list, schematic and picture of the board. I like that there was an emphasis on safety. I also like how they explained in detail how to physically build things.
Normally, I criticize a book for having pages of code in a row. In this case, the code was commented so it wasn't bad. And in chapter 11, where the code was even more involved, the author did break it up with additional explanation.
This book was written by three authors and it is one of the books that you can tell was assembled that way. For example on page 28, I found the long comments hard to follow because they wrap lines while later in the book that problem goes away. Some code examples have a background to highlight being code and others do not. In one place there are 5 levels of if statements (presumably to avoid the && operator) and in others the code is written "normally." The authors do write in first person so "I" changes identify but makes it easier to connect with the project creator.
Overall, I was happy with the book. The written by committee wasn't too distracting. And the projects/review area great.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.
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