- 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: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,173,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robot Builder's Bonanza (Tab Electronics) 2nd Edition
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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)
From the Back Cover
Everybody's favorite amateur robotics book is bigger, bolder, and better than ever!
Readers at Amazon say:
"It's not just good. It's greeaaaaaaaaaat! Awesome book."
"The projects are simple to build and give the beginner an excellent foundation in robotics."
"This is an excellent book for beginners. The author provides the pros and cons out of his own experiences."
*Robots that walk, see, feel, talk, listen, and think.
Remote-controlled robots and robots that find their own way.
A robotic arm and a robotic bug.
Robots made from toys, and robots controlled by computers.
Robots with "brains."
You can build them all from plans in this book, or design your own. Just look inside. This updated edition of Gordon McComb's best-selling Robot Builder's Bonanza features fascinating science tidbits, field-tested projects, and modular organization to make it easy to invent and build your own designs. Full appendices provide suggestions for further reading, Internet information sources, names and addresses for mail order supply companies, and help with interfacing logic families.
This heavily illustrated "bible" of amateur robotics is the best you can ever find. Take it home and start building robots today.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
*Where to Get the Parts
*How Much They Cost
*Working with Plastic, Wood, & Metal
*Constructing the 'Bot
*Avoiding Common Mistakes
Fully Illustrated Plans for these Amazing Robots
Six-Legged Walking Robot
Lego Lightbots that Seek and Avoid Light
Polar coordinate robotic arm
Revolute coordinate robotic arm
NEW IN THIS EDITION
*Lego Technic-Based Robots
*Functionoids with Lego Mindstorms
*Fixed and Mobile Systems with Servo Motors
*Using the Basic Stamp, BasicX, and Other Microcontrollers
*Remote Controlled Robots
*Infrared, Ultrasonic, Laser, and other High-Tech Sensors
"Gordon McComb is my favorite how-to author."
--a reader at Amazon
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I see no good reason why the book could not have just gotten thicker. Retain the old projects, and add in the new stuff.
To be fair though, there are some newer updated looking robotics projects that seem neat. Also this book will be a BLAST for anyone who wants to get into robot programming. A lot of the component and material descriptions are still present which is also nice.
Simply put, if you get a good deal on the 3rd edition, I'd say skip this one and save some money.
The fourth edition retains this great format with a number of improvements: There's a new companion web site which has printable templates for making servo brackets, encoder patterns, and downloadable program code. New chapters on using the Picaxe, the Arduino, and more projects using RC servos (e.g. a servo based walker and arm projects). This is great because RC servos are so easy to control with a microcontroller. There's still a chapter on using the classic Basic Stamp 2 which is quite popular due to its ease of use and great support.
The author Gordon McComb is active in online forums and if you stick with the hobby long enough, you might virtually bump into him. You'll find he's as helpful and friendly in such encounters as he comes across in this book.
A lot of good stuff for someone like me, who is new to robots, but not so new to programming. Here's my experience as far as I got, chapter by chapter.
1. I tried but failed with ubuntu. The install went fine but the system just froze all the time. So I just stuck with the debian install that was there, doing the appropriate upgrades. For the most part, I don't think it's worth it to switch. I did create a partitioned SD card, and mounted it on /home (after a mv /home /home1). This was probably unnecessary, since my BBB came with 4GB, which is certainly enough for the stuff in this book.
2. I just stuck to the Python part, which worked fine.
3. I never managed to get a microphone that worked properly (I tried 3 different ones and 2 difference usb-to-audio adapters). I'm planning to solve this with bluetooth. In the meanwhile, the speaker stuff worked fine with one of those cheap keychain models.
4. worked as per book, with a Logitech HD 720p.
5. I did get the Magician Chassis, just for the wheels and motors. It seemed too small to get all the stuff on there, so I went for a couple of 8x10 Lexan sheets. The hard part was making angle brackets with the right hole spacing to accommodate the holes in the motor gearboxes. I used 1.5x1.5 aluminum angle bars cut pretty small. I got the Pololu simple motor controllers. Their software didn't install, in fact some of the dependencies didn't install, but I was able to get the Python program working. The instability he refers to in the book was really due to bugs in the code. I'll post my version later.
That's as far as I went in the book. I'm planning add an arm and do some more advanced image processing, so most of the rest of the book is not for me.
I do appreciate that he wrote this - it helped me ramp up very quickly. After two weeks (including waiting time for parts!) I have something is untethered and will walk around the room based on my commands as typed from a Mac ssh session into that rcrobot.py, slightly modified.
There are some many reasons why this is a good robot book, so here are three of them. First it gets you thinking and about building robots motivated me by the descriptions, second it tells you which kits or products are on the market, and finally
there are snippets of essential circuit board schematics.