Robot Building for Beginners 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 2.6 pounds
- Paperback : 600 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1893115446
- ISBN-10 : 1893115445
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 1.32 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Apress; 1st edition (January 18, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book (and it's follow-on companion, Intermediate Robot Building by the same author) is extraordinarily good. I believe it is absolutely the best book for the beginning roboticist. The author starts at the very beginning (what do resistors look like when you first get them from the store?), explains how to build a robot in wonderful detail (exactly how to solder, precisely what to look for in a multimeter), and makes it great fun with his obvious enthusiasm, the sense of accomplishment that you get when you understand something new, and his quiet humor.
In this book, the author has you build a specific small, wheeled robot called Sandwich. And you can absolutely follow him through every, careful, interesting step to build this exact robot. But in some sense, the specifics of Sandwich don't really matter. Perhaps you want to build a combat robot, an animatronic figure, or a soccer-playing RoboCup contestant. Every basic skill that the author shows you in this book is enormously useful in building any other kind of robot: making a robot base, choosing and mounting motors, designing a circuit, wiring up LEDs. You have to start somewhere, and this is the place to start. He tells you exactly what parts to look for, and where to get them. And he explains EVERYTHING, so that by the time you put the book down, you really KNOW things.
I have seen many other amateur robotics books. Every other book I have read (again, except for the sequel to this book) skips over big details, over gives a broad scattershot overview, or points you in the right direction but leaves the specifics to the reader. Those other books have their uses, once you already have an idea of what building robots is all about. But this book gives you those very important first steps. And it's not the least bit overwhelming.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's a tour de force!
However, the Kindle eBook makes it difficult to use. The eBook is extremely hampered by a lack of clickable links in the Table of Contents. This means you must use the page numbers which entails using the Menu button followed by several clicks to get to the chapter page you want.
On top of that, if you have a Mac computer, it won't download and it crashes the Kindle for Mac app.
I highly recommend purchasing the printed book instead. Besides, it will be easier to have it at your finger tips when constructing your "runaway" robots.
UPDATE: If you have an iPad or Kindle Fire, it will make the book much easier to read and view the images and graphics. Plus, the new Kindle Cloud Reader feature from Amazon let's you see everything just fine... even on a Mac!!
Being strong on the theory, I didn't learn anything in that regard. On the flip side, David Cook described the basics in a way that anyone could understand. What I really wanted to learn was to be able to put my Christmas presents to use. He spent a chapter just on the multimeter! I loved it. Also, every part of the robot was described in detail. I now know the difference between choosing motors, batteries, transistors, comparitors, diodes, potentiometers, photo-resistors, ect.
When I brought my first creation into my Electromagnetics class yesterday, I of course was asked to give a demonstration. From reading this book (to be honest a total of 3 times), I described everything about it in clear/consise detail. The only part I failed was receiving extra credit. Yes I did try :D.
I couldn't imagine a better book for beginners. There is a website that describes the robot AND the few typos caught (nothing that mattered), ways he took this idea and added a couple more in a similar project, as well as detailing the post construction of robots he's made since then. Cook goes into detail for troubleshooting a potential screw up you may make (If 'X' is happening then you probably did 'Y'). Yes I made one too--thanks for asking.
There is one part I didn't like about the project though--using an M&M's Mini tube to hold the motors. Being so close to Valentine's day, the only selection they had were PINK ones! Oh well, I named in Valentino anyway. I did find myself telling this story though to everyone that commented on my pink robot.
If you want to get into the hobby, buy this book. You can't ask for more. Just be prepared to catch yourself looking in the toy section of Target for lego technic tires when your fiance is wanting to register!!! BTW: you'll also catch yourself babbling on about your experiences in a review about this book too--cause you'll be so D@MN excited about making your first robot!!!