- Series: Tab Electronics
- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 2 edition (September 21, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071362967
- ISBN-13: 978-0071362962
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 96 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author of The Robot Builder's Sourcebook ... offers a series of easy-to-do projects ranging from adapting common toys to walking robots to giving your robot sound capabilities. He includes new information on LEGO(R) Mindstorms(tm), microcontrollers, robotics programming, and other technological developments. For learning the various components of putting together a robot, this is a great guide, and of course, as one would expect from the author, there are many useful resources listed. (Library Journal 2002-11-01)
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Everybody's favorite amateur robotics book is bigger, bolder, and better than ever!
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*Robots that walk, see, feel, talk, listen, and think.
Remote-controlled robots and robots that find their own way.
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*Avoiding Common Mistakes
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Six-Legged Walking Robot
Lego Lightbots that Seek and Avoid Light
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The material is organized in a way that makes it easy to jump to a topic of interest, which makes it a useful reference book. With plenty of new information, it's worth a read from the beginning.
The thing that surprised me is that when I built one the projects (the Arduino robot), the instructions were actually complete and correct! (I didn't have to make the usual leaps or go through frustrating trials typical for most hardware/software/builder instructions.)
As a bonus, the jokes and personal asides are pretty entertaining. You can tell the author has really lived with his subject.
I highly recommend it.
I recommend this book for all ages who are getting into robots.
It has a lot of great projects and it explains all the basics from the different types of hardware, batteries, and configurations to electronics to programming to where to get parts. It really is a reference book though so do keep that in mind! It's very readable and understandable though and I think is a useful resource for anyone from a hobbyist to an experienced robot builder.
Lot's of good information to trigger ideas with.