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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Chapter 1 Introduction to Robot Building
Chapter 2 Building the Electronics
Chapter 3 Building the TwoWheeled Mobile Platform
Chapter 4 Building the FourWheeled Mobile Platform
Getting Started with Arduino
Chapter 6 Testing the Robots Basic Functions
Chapter 7 Controlling Speed and Direction
Introduction to Sensors
Chapter 10 Autonomous Movement
Chapter 11 Remote Control
Appendix A Enhancing Your Robot
Appendix B Using Other Hardware with Your Robot
Appendix C Debugging Your Robot
Appendix D Power Sources
Appendix E Programming Constructs
Appendix F Arduino Pin and Timer Usage

Chapter 9 Modifying the Robot to React to Edges and Lines

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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.