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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.
does not present framework of core concepts, upon which
the newbie can build and develop original devices.
This book along with the book Insectronics were what got me into robotics. I won't reiterate what I said in that review so you won't be forced to re-read it but all I can say is it was incredibly easy to read and understand. The diagrams within were incredibly easy to understand and very helpful. I could not resist the urge to go ripping apart some old electronics for parts to build new little robot friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool book-writing learn to work with components good learning tool... Hands on explained..... TimPublished 7 months ago by Timothy Mills
I like the book. It will help me get started with robotics. Good for beginners.Published 13 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 14 months ago by OEJPSP
The projects are a time investment but this is the best starting point for making simple BEAM robotsPublished 17 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
I purchased this book for my godson, a middle schooler interersted in building robots and the book was a big hit with him. Highly recommended.Published on February 21, 2014 by Lisa P.
This is a great book. I built two bots and they both worked. Easy to understand and was a lot of fun. Of course I had to go buy some new tools.Published on July 28, 2013 by Weston Thomason