Concise Encyclopedia of Robotics

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McGraw Hill Professional, Nov 12, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 365 pages
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* The perfect way to keep up with the mountain of new terms and techniques facing today's hobbyist

* A clearinghouse of information for hobbyists and students interested in robotics, artificial intelligence, and electronics

* 400 definitions--all presented in concise, well-illustrated, non-mathematical style favored by amateur hobbyists

* Covers the latest developments and trends with an eye towards the future


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Page 64 - Degrees of Freedom The term degrees of freedom refers to the number of values that are free to vary after certain restrictions have been placed on the data.
Page 23 - In digital systems, data speed is denoted in bits per second (bps), kilobits per second (kbps), megabits per second (Mbps), or gigabits per second (Gbps), where Frequency 1 kbps= 1000 bps = 10...
Page 319 - In an industrial electronic system, sensing is achieved by a transducer. A transducer is a device that converts one form of energy into another form of energy or physical quantity into something new and more useful.
Page 91 - An electromechanical transducer is a device that converts electrical energy into mechanical vibration and vice versa by utilizing piezoelectricity or electrostriction (Jaffe et al., 1971).
Page 70 - For a computer display, resolution is expressed in terms of the number of pixels in the horizontal and vertical directions.
Page 94 - An end effector is a device or tool connected to the end of a robot arm. The nature of the end effects depends on the intended task. If a robot is designed to set the table for supper, "hands," more often called robot grippers, can be attached to the ends of the robot arms.
Page 5 - CD-ROM (compact disk, read-only memory), optical technology is used to increase the amount of data that can be stored in a given physical space.
Page 156 - When a signal is applied to the noninverting input, the output is in phase with it; when a signal is applied to the inverting input, the output is 180 out of phase with it.
Page 3 - The number of actuators necessary to perform a given task depends on the number of degrees of freedom, the number of degrees of rotation, and the coordinate geometry of the robot arm.

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Stan Gibilisco has authored or coauthored dozens of nonfiction books about electronics and science. He first attracted attention with Understanding Einstein’s Theories of Relativity (TAB Books, 1983). His Encyclopedia of Electronics (TAB Professional and Reference Books, 1985) and Encyclopedia of Personal Computing (McGraw-Hill, 1996) were annotated by the American Library Association as among the best reference volumes published in those years. Stan serves as Advisory Editor for the popular Teach Yourself Science and Mathematics book series published by McGraw-Hill. His work has gained reading audiences in several languages throughout the world.

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