Robot Building for Beginners (Google eBook)

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Apress, Jan 6, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 516 pages
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“I wrote this book because I love building robots. I want you to love building robots, too. It took me a while to learn about many of the tools and parts in amateur robotics. Perhaps by writing about my experiences, I can give you a head start.”  —David Cook

Robot Building for Beginners, Second Edition is an update of David Cook’s best-selling Robot Building for Beginners. This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed.

The robot described and built in this book is battery powered and about the size of a lunchbox. It is autonomous. That is, it isn’t remote controlled.

You’ll begin with some tools of the trade, and then work your way through prototyping, robot bodybuilding, and eventually soldering your own circuit boards. By the book’s end, you will have a solid amateur base of understanding so that you can begin creating your own robots to vacuum your house or maybe even rule the world!

What you’ll learn
  • How to build a robot from scratch
  • Where to obtain parts and tools to get you started
  • How to build the brain—the intelligence—using the motherboard
  • How to create the body and become a Dr. Frankenstein
  • How to get your robot moving and ruling
Who this book is for

This book is aimed at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed.

Table of Contents
  1. Welcome Robot Inventor!
  2. Where to Obtain Tools and Parts
  3. Safety
  4. Digital Multimeter
  5. Numbers and Units
  6. Robot Line-Following
  7. Nine-Volt Batteries
  8. Clips and Test Leads
  9. Resistors
  10. LEDs
  11. Power On!
  12. Solderless Prototyping
  13. Solderless Breadboard Setup
  14. Variable Resistors
  15. Comparators
  16. Transistor Switches
  17. DC Motors
  18. Adding Gearhead Motors
  19. Wheels
  20. Coupler
  21. Soldering Equipment
  22. Soldering and Connecting
  23. The Motherboard
  24. Body Building
  25. Launching the Line-Follower
  26. Encore
  27. Appendix
  

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Review: Robot Building for Beginners (Technology in Action)

User Review  - Mark Yoshida - Goodreads

Seemingly good intro to robot building. ("Seemingly" only bc I didn't do any of the actual robot-building yet.) Easy to read and understand. Besides covering practical electronics such as components and tools, it offers advice and thoughts on robotics, parts, etc. Read full review

Review: Robot Building for Beginners

User Review  - Dr.genius - Goodreads

introduction to robot Read full review

Contents

Welcome Robot Inventor
1
Where to Obtain Tools and Parts
15
Safety
21
Digital Multimeter
33
Numbers and Units
53
Robot LineFollowing
63
NineVolt Batteries
79
Clips and Test Leads
93
Transistor Switches
207
DC Motors
223
Adding Gearhead Motors
255
Wheels
265
Coupler
283
Soldering Equipment
303
Soldering and Connecting
313
The Motherboard
339

Resistors
101
LEDs
111
Power on
127
Solderless Prototyping
143
Solderless Breadboard Setup
161
Variable Resistors
173
Comparators
193
Body Building
359
Launching the LineFollower
385
Encore
405
Appendix
431
Index
439
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About the author (2010)

David Cook is an engineering manager at Motorola. He has 20 years of experience as a software developer, creating everything from award-winning computer games to mobile background-check applications for police. Self-taught in electronics and basic mechanics, David explains his years of robot experiences to the average backyard scientist in a comfortable and helpful manner, without scholarly intimidation. David hosts the popular robot site RobotRoom.com.

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