- Series: TAB Electronics
- Paperback: 287 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1 edition (December 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 007144484X
- ISBN-13: 978-0071444842
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,041,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Linux Robotics: Programming Smarter Robots (TAB Electronics) 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
POWER UP YOUR ROBOT WITH LINUX
If you want your robot to have more brains than microcontrollers can deliver -- if you want a truly intelligent, high-capability robot -- everything you need is right here. Linux Robotics gives you step-by-step directions for "Zeppo," a super-smart, single-board-powered robot that can be built by any hobbyist. You also get complete instructions for incorporating Linux single boards into your own unique robotic designs. No programming experience is required. This book includes access to all the downloadable programs you need, plus complete training in doing original programming.
THE POWER TO BUILD A SMARTER, MORE SOPHISTICATED ROBOT
Combining essential aspects of robotics and programming, this book/Website package from programmer/robot enthusiast D. Jay Newman for the first time empowers hobbyists to construct more intelligent, higher capacity robots. Use it to start designing and constructing your own superbot today.
Put More on Board with Linux
- More sophisticated movements
- Better vision and sensing
- Greater behavioral flexibility
- Upgraded image capture
- Improved navigational skills
- Smarter decision-making
- Faster responses
- And more
Access a Roboticist's Dream Website FREE with this book:
- Downloadable software
- Circuit examples
- Solderless breadboard designs (no tools required)
- Complete classes in behavioral and neural network programming, in Java
About the Author
D. Jay Newman is a programmer, writer, and robot enthusiast. He has been interested in computers and robotics for as long as he can remember. This is his first book.
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Not a bad book (most bot builders graduate from Arduino and Java to Linux and VHDL sooner or later for bigger projects), but much of the hype has been on the web available code and circuits, and that's simply, now, a lie. One could argue it's been a few years, but if you're still selling new books, I'd reply that buyers should at least get what's promised! Beware, as this is true of new and used copies. This is a shame, because the Java pieces were pretty sweet!
If you don't care about the code and web resources, book alone is well worth reading if you can get it at a good, used price (say, under $15 US including shipping), hence 2.5 stars.
By Lewin Edwards. I bought this at the same time I bought Mr. Newman's book. I also own Lewin Edwards first book.
Embedded System Design on a Shoestring
I consider both of Lewin Edwards works mentioned above as must have books.
The mechanics are a comparatively easy hack compared to the logic and getting it to be useful.
As a project book it is doable and useful, even if not building this exact robot the author does,
but it does allow a framework.
Since this area doesn't stand still, you can also look at [...] where you
might run into the author of this book too!
This is a good TAB style project book. Easy enough to read and written by a builder, not an academic.
If I could have picked the content before, I wouldn't bought it.
There are lot of ways to implement the controller. In this case he uses a small size but standard PC motherboard. On this board he runs a Linux operating system. In spite of the title, this is not really a book on how to use Linux to control robots. He just happens to use Linux for his robot because it is cheaper than Windows.
Most of the programming information he gives is the form of Java progrms that will handle the various devices (such as vision) that he wants built into his robots. In fact, much of the book, too much in fact, is given over to code. The code is available on line, reprinting it here in the book is pretty boring reading.
The book is a good introduction on how to design and build a robot using standard components. Here's how you can get started.