Robot Building for Beginners

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Apress, Jan 17, 2002 - Computers - 600 pages
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Learning robotics by yourself isnt easy, but it helps when the encouragement comes from an expert whos spent years in the field. Not only does author David Cook assist you in understanding the component parts of robot development, but he also presents valuable techniques that prepare you to make new discoveries on your own.

Cook begins with the anatomy of a homemade robot and gives you the best advice on how to proceed successfully. General sources for tools and parts are provided in a consolidated list, and specific parts are recommended throughout the book. Also, basic safety precautions and essential measuring and numbering systems are promoted throughout.

Specific tools and parts covered include digital multimeters, motors, wheels, resistors, LEDs, photoresistors, transistors, chips, gears, nut drivers, batteries, and more. Robot Building for Beginners is an inspiring book that provides an essential base of practical knowledge for anyone getting started in amateur robotics.

 

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Contents

Welcome Robot Inventor
1
Where to Obtain Tools and Parts
17
Safety
23
Digital Multimeter
37
Numbers and Units
63
Robot LineFollowing
75
NineVolt Batteries
95
Clips and Test Leads
111
Transistor Switches
259
DC Motors
279
Adding Gearhead Motors
321
Wheels
333
Coupler
353
Soldering Equipment
377
Soldering and Connecting
389
The Motherboard
421

Resistors
123
LEDs
135
Power On
155
Solderless Prototyping
175
Solderless Breadboard Setup
199
Variable Resistors
215
Comparators
239
Body Building
443
Launching the LineFollower
479
Encore
503
Appendix
537
Index
547
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