- Series: Technology in Action Series
- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (January 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893115445
- ISBN-13: 978-1893115446
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. a simple reflex robot (reflex in the sense that it reacts "naively' to detection of light). This is neither good nor bad, again it depends on your expectations. No coding will be involved and the robot cannot do much else
2. you will learn Ohms law and how it is applied in building this robot's circuit
3. you will learn about basic building blocks and how they work, diodes, resistors, comparators, photoresistors, etc
4. you will accumulate a collection of tools and materials that you can reuse
5. you will learn how to do soldering and machining of some parts
In my opinion this is a book for the long haul. If you want to get up and running really fast the author himself suggest going the Lego route or with other kits that you assemble together quickly. If you want to learn the basic principles and collect the necessary tools to build parts and/or whole robots it is a good place to start. Bare in mind it is a START. If you are serious about robot building you will ultimately gravitate in building parts and circuits based on skills and knowledge the author describes. The book takes you through a lot of basic skills and knowledge and it has a lot of illustrations, actually multiple per step, which I found invaluable.
So no fancy, intelligent robot here, just laying some serious foundations. Make sure that you visit the author's website and you look for the "sandwich" the robot being built. It will give you a lot of helpful information such as a shopping list for all the tools, components needed. One big concern is the cost involved. When all the tools and materials are purchased, we are talking about several hundred dollars. Yes most of them will be for materials and tools that you will use in other projects, if you are seriously committed in sticking with this as a hobby. If you are not, take the Lego or other kit route.
I hope this helps and I personally found quite rewarding being able to build the different parts myself and the robot. I already have David's intermediate book and I look forward to the next level of complexity.
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!