Robot Building for Beginners

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Apress, Jan 1, 2008 - Computers - 600 pages
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Learning robotics by yourself isn¿t easy. It helps when the encouragement comes from someone who¿s been there. Not only does "Robot Building for Beginners" assist you in understanding component parts of robot development, but also it prepares you with techniques to learn new discoveries on your own. Author David 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, learn basic safety precautions and essential numbering and measuring systems. An in-depth analysis of digital multimeters gives you all the information you need to select and obtain this valuable tool for yourself. Other tools and parts covered include: motors, wheels, resistors, wire strippers, needle nose pliers, tap and die, alligator clips, LEDs, solderless breadboards, soldering irons, heat-shrink tubing, photoresistors, transistors, chips, gears, nut drivers, screws, cut-off wheels, connectors, and batteries. "Robot Building for Beginners" is an inspiring book that provides basic, practical knowledge on getting started in amateur robotics. Author Information David Cook - David Cook is an engineering section 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. Having self-taught himself electronics and basic mechanics, he comfortably relates his recent years of robot experiences to the average backyard scientist, without scholarly intimidation.
 

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Contents

Building Up
12
Welcome Robot Inventor I
17
Discovering Hidden Messages
19
Safety
23
Wearing Other Safety Clothes
25
Steering Clear of Dangerous Robots
35
Digital Multimeter
37
AC Features
51
Brightness Comparator Circuit
244
Appreciating a Simple Mind
257
Transistor Switches
259
Brightness Comparator Circuit with Transistors
275
DC Motors
279
Motor Circuit
289
Gearhead Motors
311
Adding Gearhead Motors
321

Numbers and Units
63
Abbreviating Units
67
Robot LineFollowing
75
Seeing Sandwich
81
NineVolt Batteries
95
Powering Forward
109
Clips and Test Leads
111
Resistors
123
Labeling and Storing
132
LEDs
135
Extreme Close Up of an LED
144
Variety Pack
152
Power On Building and Testing a Power Indicator Circuit
155
Understanding the Roles of Each Component
159
Measuring Current Flow
165
Circuit Summary
173
Solderless Prototyping
175
Solderless Breadboard Wire
185
Making the Connection
197
Solderless Breadboard Setup
199
Demystifying the Robots Power Switch
212
Variable Resistors
215
LightControlled Circuit
228
Comparators
239
Wheels
333
Wheel Choice for Sandwich
344
Coupler
353
Measuring and Cutting the Tubing
358
Admiring the Coupler
375
Soldering Equipment
377
Get Ready to Solder
388
Soldering and Connecting
389
Soldering Experience
419
The Motherboard
421
Testing the Robots Electronics
437
Body Building
443
Ready to Roll
477
Launching the LineFollower
479
The Maiden Voyage
493
Final Bow
500
Encore
503
Everyday Challenges
530
The Great Wide Open
536
Appendix
537
Voltages Real Name
544
Index
547
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