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Build your own combat robot
Miles, Pete.
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw/Osborne, [2002]

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xvi, 381 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
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TJ211 .M48 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Explains the science and technology behind robots, and shows you what materials you need to build and program a robot for home, school, and competition.

Author Notes

Pete Miles has worked in robotics for more than 12 years. He holds a Master's degree in mechanical engineering, is currently active with the Seattle Robotics Society, and was recently appointed to the SRS Board of Directors
Tom Carroll has been involved with robotics for more than 40 years. He built the robots that were featured in the movies Revenge of the Nerds and Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century, and founded his own company, Universal Robot Systems, which focuses on personal robots to assist the elderly and disabled

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Introductionp. XIII
1 Welcome to Competition Robotsp. 1
What Is a Robot?p. 5
Combat Robot Competitionsp. 5
The Scope of This Bookp. 17
2 Getting Startedp. 21
The Robot Design Approachp. 23
Top Ten Reasons Why a Robot Failsp. 34
Sources of Robot Partsp. 35
Cost Factors in Large Robot Constructionp. 35
Safetyp. 36
3 Robot Locomotionp. 41
Robots with Legsp. 42
Tank Treads: The Power of a Caterpillar Bulldozer in a Robotp. 45
Wheels: A Tried and True Method of Locomotionp. 47
4 Motor Selection and Performancep. 61
Electric Motor Basicsp. 62
Internal Combustion Enginesp. 76
Conclusionp. 77
5 It's All About Powerp. 79
Battery Power Requirementsp. 80
Battery Capacity Basicsp. 83
Electrical Wiring Requirementsp. 91
Battery Typesp. 92
Installing the Batteries: Accessible vs. Nonaccessiblep. 100
6 Power Transmission: Getting Power to Your Wheelsp. 103
Power Transmission Basicsp. 106
Chain Drive Systemsp. 115
Belt Drive Systemsp. 118
Gearboxesp. 122
7 Controlling Your Motorsp. 127
Relay Controlp. 128
Variable Speed Control Basicsp. 139
8 Remotely Controlling Your Robotp. 157
Traditional R/C Controlsp. 158
Control Channelsp. 160
AM, FM, PCM, and Radio Interferencep. 167
Radio Interference and Reliable Controlp. 170
Antennas and Shieldingp. 173
Innovation First Isaac Robot Controller and Other Radio Modemsp. 175
Failsafe Compliancep. 179
9 Robot Material and Construction Techniquesp. 183
Metals and Materialsp. 184
General Machining Operationsp. 193
When in Doubt, Build It Stoutp. 201
10 Weapons Systems for Your Robotp. 203
Weapon Strategy and Effectivenessp. 204
Closing Remarks on Weaponsp. 236
11 Autonomous Robotsp. 239
Using Sensors to Allow Your Robot to See, Hear, and Feelp. 241
Implementing Sensors in Combat Robotsp. 248
Semiautonomous Target and Weapon Trackingp. 250
Autonomous Target Trackingp. 253
More Informationp. 257
12 Robot Brainsp. 259
Microcontroller Basicsp. 260
Microcontroller Applicationsp. 268
Summaryp. 273
13 Robot Sumop. 275
Modifying an R/C Servo for Continuous Rotationp. 281
Building a Mini Sumop. 284
Mini Sumo Body Assemblyp. 284
Remote-Control Mini Sumop. 285
Autonomous Mini Sumop. 286
Edge Detectorp. 286
Object Dectorp. 290
Sensor Integrationp. 293
Performance Improvementsp. 297
Various Mini Sumo Robotsp. 297
Motorsp. 299
Motor Controllersp. 299
Ultrasonic Range Detectorsp. 300
Infrared Range Detectorsp. 301
Laser Range Finding and Vision Systemsp. 301
Advanced Software Algorithmsp. 301
Traction Improvementsp. 302
Robot Part Suppliersp. 302
14 Real-Life Robots: Lessons from Veteran Buildersp. 305
Ronni Katz--Building Chew Toyp. 306
Pete Miles--Building Live Wiresp. 316
15 Afterwordp. 329
The Future of Robot Combatp. 330
A Prototyping Electronicsp. 335
Breadboarding and Using Prototyping Boards for Electronic Circuitsp. 336
Wire-Wrapping Prototypingp. 337
Soldering for Robotsp. 337
Crimp-Style Connectorsp. 339
Static Sensitivityp. 340
B Resources and Referencesp. 343
Robot Competition Web Sitesp. 344
Electric Motor Sourcesp. 344
Battery Suppliersp. 346
Electronic Speed Controller Vendorsp. 346
Remote Control System Vendorsp. 347
Mechanical Systems Suppliersp. 347
Electronics Suppliersp. 348
Microcontroller Suppliersp. 350
Reference Booksp. 350
Robotics Organizationsp. 351
Other Robotics Resourcesp. 352
C Helpful Formulasp. 355
Chain Drive Centerline Distancesp. 356
Timing Belt Centerline Distancesp. 357
V-Beltsp. 357
Indexp. 358