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The robot builder's bonanza
McComb, Gordon.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, 2001.
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xiii, 753 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TJ211 .M418 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Dealing with amateur robotics building, this book contains the servo motor technology, microcontrolled robots, remote control, Lego Mindstorms Kits, and other commercial kits. It provides coverage of Robotix-based Robots, Lego Technic-based Robots, Functionoids with Lego Mindstorms, and Location and Motorized Systems with Servo Motors.

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Booklist Review

For collections in which Heiserman's How to Build Your Own Self-Programming Robot (Booklist 76:745 F 1 80) has been a high-demand item on the electronics shelf, here's a new volume by the author that updates do-it-yourself robotics construction. Specifically, the robot's name is Buster, his vital statistics are 13 inches in diameter and 14 inches tall, and he's built around a circular platform. Constructing Buster is an ambitious project, but Heiserman utilizes a step-by-step assembly plan that can gradually increase the robotic behavior patterns possible. The process of building Buster is illustrated with numerous charts, electronic diagrams, and equipment lists, but, surprisingly, no photographs. Appendixes; index. McComb's book takes a simpler, less expensive modular approach to designing working robots. By combining various elements of the projects, a highly individualized robot can be created in the home workshop by the skilled experimenter. General principles of robotics, tools, supplies, and parts are briefly covered in the early chapters before McComb describes the actual projects themselves. Some of the applications of these projects include fire detection, locomotion, and sound-effects generation. Appendixes and source list of materials. Bibliography; index. JB.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Part 1 Robot Basics
Chapter 1 The Robot Experimenterp. 1
Chapter 2 Anatomy of a Robotp. 9
Chapter 3 Tools and Suppliesp. 25
Chapter 4 Buying Partsp. 45
Chapter 5 Common Electronic Componentsp. 55
Chapter 6 Electronic Construction Techniquesp. 65
Chapter 7 Programming Concepts: The Fundamentalsp. 79
Part 2 Robot Construction
Chapter 8 Building a Plastic Robot Platformp. 101
Chapter 9 Building a Basic Wooden Platformp. 115
Chapter 10 Building a Metal Platformp. 123
Chapter 11 Constructing High Tech Robots from Toysp. 133
Chapter 12 Build Custom LEGO-based Robotsp. 147
Chapter 13 Creating Functionoids with LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention Systemp. 161
Chapter 14 Programming the LEGO Mindstorms RCX: Advanced Methodsp. 173
Part 3 Power, Motors, and Locomotion
Chapter 15 All About Batteries and Robot Power Suppliesp. 189
Chapter 16 Robot Locomotion Principlesp. 217
Chapter 17 Choosing the Right Motor for the Jobp. 235
Chapter 18 Working with DC Motorsp. 253
Chapter 19 Working with Stepper Motorsp. 279
Chapter 20 Working with Servo Motorsp. 295
Part 4 Practical Robotics Projects
Chapter 21 Build a Roverbotp. 321
Chapter 22 Build a Heavy-Duty Six-Legged Walking Robotp. 335
Chapter 23 Advanced Locomotion Systemsp. 357
Chapter 24 An Overview of Arm Systemsp. 371
Chapter 25 Build a Revolute Coordinate Armp. 377
Chapter 26 Build a Polar Coordinate Armp. 389
Chapter 27 Experimenting with Gripper Designsp. 403
Part 5 Computers and Electronic Control
Chapter 28 An Overview of Robot "Brains"p. 421
Chapter 29 Interfacing with Computers and Microcontrollersp. 435
Chapter 30 Computer Control Via PC Printer Portp. 459
Chapter 31 Using the Basic Stampp. 481
Chapter 32 Using the BasicX Microcontrollerp. 501
Chapter 33 Using the OOPic Microcontrollerp. 517
Chapter 34 Remote Control Systemsp. 535
Part 6 Sensors and Navigation
Chapter 35 Adding the Sense of Touchp. 557
Chapter 36 Collision Avoidance and Detectionp. 569
Chapter 37 Robotic Eyesp. 601
Chapter 38 Navigating Through Spacep. 619
Chapter 39 Fire Detection Systemsp. 649
Chapter 40 Sound Output and Inputp. 661
Chapter 41 Experimenting with Tilt and Gravity Sensorsp. 679
Chapter 42 Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits for the Robot Expermenterp. 695
Appendix A Further Readingp. 709
Appendix B Sourcesp. 718
Appendix C Robot Information on the Internetp. 731
Appendix D Interfacing Logic Families and ICsp. 738
Appendix E Referencep. 745
Indexp. 749