Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Oct 19, 2012 - Computers - 256 pages

Building robots that sense and interact with their environment used to be tricky. Now, Arduino makes it easy. With this book and an Arduino microcontroller and software creation environment, you’ll learn how to build and program a robot that can roam around, sense its environment, and perform a wide variety of tasks. All you to get started with the fun projects is a little programming experience and a keen interest in electronics.

Make a robot that obeys your every command—or runs on its own.

Maybe you’re a teacher who wants to show students how to build devices that can move, sense, respond, and interact with the physical world. Or perhaps you’re a hobbyist looking for a robot companion to make your world a little more futuristic. With Make an Arduino Controlled Robot, you’ll learn how to build and customize smart robots on wheels.

You will:

  • Explore robotics concepts like movement, obstacle detection, sensors, and remote control
  • Use Arduino to build two- and four-wheeled robots
  • Put your robot in motion with motor shields, servos, and DC motors
  • Work with distance sensors, infrared reflectance sensors, and remote control receivers
  • Understand how to program your robot to take on all kinds of real-world physical challenges
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Robot Building
1
Chapter 2 Building the Electronics
9
Chapter 3 Building the TwoWheeled Mobile Platform
21
Chapter 4 Building the FourWheeled Mobile Platform
45
Getting Started with Arduino
71
Chapter 6 Testing the Robots Basic Functions
85
Chapter 7 Controlling Speed and Direction
103
Introduction to Sensors
133
Chapter 10 Autonomous Movement
163
Chapter 11 Remote Control
185
Appendix A Enhancing Your Robot
201
Appendix B Using Other Hardware with Your Robot
205
Appendix C Debugging Your Robot
211
Appendix D Power Sources
221
Appendix E Programming Constructs
231
Appendix F Arduino Pin and Timer Usage
235

Chapter 9 Modifying the Robot to React to Edges and Lines
147

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About the author (2012)

Michael Margolis is a technologist in the field of real time computing with expertise in developing and delivering hardware and software for interacting with the environment. He has more than 30 years of experience at senior levels with Sony, Microsoft, and Lucent/Bell Labs. He has written libraries and core software that are part of the official Arduino 1.0 distribution.