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Robot builder's sourcebook
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McComb, Gordon.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2003]

©2003
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xvii, 711 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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English
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9780071406857
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EVERYTHING THE ROBOTICS HOBBYIST NEEDS TO LEARN -- WHAT IT IS -- WHERE TO GET IT -- HOW TO GET STARTED

FROM THE AUTHOR OF ROBOT BUILDER'S BONANZA!

Fascinated by the world of robotics but don't know how to tap into the incredible amount of information available on the subject? Clueless as to locating specific information on robotics? Want the names, addresses, phone numbers, and web sites of companies that can supply the exact part, plan, kit, building material, programming language, operating system, computer system, or publication you've been searching for? Turn to Robot Builder's Sourcebook - a unique clearinghouse of information for that will open 2500+ new doors and spark almost as many new ideas.

Written by Gordon McComb, author of the classic Robot Builder's Bonanza, one of the most popular books ever written on amateur robotics, the Sourcebook lists over 2500 mail-order suppliers and other sources, including local-area businesses, cross-referenced and categorized to make your search quick and easy. You'll find detailed information about the resources, including addresses and phone numbers: In short, everything you need to find - and acquire - common and uncommon robotics parts and supplies. In order to provide a true "robotics goldmine," this one-of-a kind guide also includes:
* Dozens of informative "sidebars" to help you understand essential robotic technologies such as motor types, sensor design, and how to select the best materials
* Scores of relevant articles designed to fill-in informational gaps, stimulate thinking, and help you make the most of all the material the Sourcebook makes available to you

If you want to know where in the world of robotics you can find it . . . turn to the Sourcebook.


Author Notes

Gordon McComb is the author of more than 50 books and 1,000 magazine articles and newspaper columns, most of them on science and technology. His writings have appeared in Popular Science, Omni, High Technology, Poptronix, Popular Electronics, Radio-Electronics, Mechanix Illustrated, PC Magazine, and dozens of others. For 13 years he wrote a weekly nationally syndicated newspaper column on computers and was the originator of Robotics Workshop in Popular Electronics. Mr. McComb has also been a long-time robot fanatic and maintains a well-stocked robot workshop in his southern California home. He is the author of McGraw-Hill's Robot Builder's Bonanza, the "Bible" of amateur robot building and a true cult classic.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
How to Use the Source Listingsp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Actuatorsp. 1
Actuators-Motion Productsp. 2
Actuators-Motorsp. 14
Actuators-Otherp. 38
Actuators-Pnuematicp. 39
Actuators-Shape Memory Alloyp. 42
Barcodingp. 46
Batteries and Powerp. 51
Booksp. 62
Books-Electronicsp. 62
Books-Roboticsp. 63
Books-Technicalp. 64
Communicationsp. 83
Communications-Infraredp. 83
Communications-RFp. 85
Competitionsp. 93
Competitions-Combatp. 95
Competitions-Entrantp. 98
Competitions-Mazep. 100
Competitions-Otherp. 100
Competitions-Soccer & Ball Playingp. 103
Competitions-Sumop. 104
Computersp. 106
Computers-Data Acquisitionp. 106
Computers-I/Op. 108
Computers-Single Board Computersp. 113
Distributor/Wholesalerp. 120
Distributor/Wholesaler-Industrial Electronicsp. 120
Distributor/Wholesaler-Other Componentsp. 127
Electronicsp. 130
Electronics-Circuit Examplesp. 130
Electronics-Connectorsp. 135
Electronics-Displayp. 135
Electronics-Miscellaneousp. 138
Electronics-Obsoletep. 140
Electronics-PCB-Designp. 141
Electronics-PCB-Productionp. 144
Electronics-Solderingp. 147
Electronics-Sound & Musicp. 149
Electronics-Specialtyp. 154
Entertainmentp. 156
Entertainment-Artp. 156
Entertainment-Books & Moviesp. 158
Fastenersp. 163
Fests and Showsp. 175
Internetp. 177
Internet-Bulletin Board/Mailing Listp. 177
Internet-Calculators & Convertersp. 180
Internet-Edu/Government Labsp. 181
Internet-Informationalp. 190
Internet-Linksp. 198
Internet-Personal Web Pagep. 202
Internet-Plans & Guidesp. 209
Internet-Researchp. 212
Internet-Searchp. 218
Internet-Usenet Newsgroupsp. 227
Internet-Web Ringp. 231
Journals and Magazinesp. 234
Kitsp. 240
Kits-Electronicp. 240
Kits-Roboticp. 247
LEGOp. 250
LEGO-Generalp. 250
LEGO-Mindstormsp. 252
Machine Framingp. 259
Manufacturerp. 266
Manufacturer-Componentsp. 266
Manufacturer-Glues & Adhesivesp. 268
Manufacturer-Semiconductorsp. 270
Manufacturer-Toolsp. 278
Materialsp. 283
Materials-Fiberglass & Carbon Compositesp. 288
Materials-Foamp. 292
Materials-Lightingp. 297
Materials-Metalp. 302
Materials-Otherp. 310
Materials-Paper and & Plastic Laminatesp. 317
Materials-Plasticsp. 320
Materials-Store Fixturesp. 333
Materials-Transfer Filmp. 334
Microcontrollersp. 339
Microcontrollers-Hardwarep. 339
Microcontrollers-Programmingp. 359
Microcontrollers-Softwarep. 362
Motor Controlp. 366
Outside-of-the-Boxp. 380
Portalp. 382
Portal-Otherp. 382
Portal-Programmingp. 383
Portal-Roboticsp. 384
Power Transmissionp. 387
Professional Societiesp. 405
Programmingp. 407
Programming-Examplesp. 407
Programming-Languagesp. 408
Programming-Platforms & Softwarep. 412
Programming-Robotic Simulationsp. 413
Programming-Teleroboticsp. 415
Programming-Tutorial & How-top. 416
Radio Controlp. 418
Radio Control-Accessoriesp. 427
Radio Control-Hardwarep. 428
Radio Control-Servo Controlp. 429
Radio Control-Servosp. 432
Retailp. 436
Retail-Armatures & Doll Partsp. 438
Retail-Arts & Craftsp. 440
Retail-Auctionsp. 447
Retail-Automotive Suppliesp. 450
Retail-Discount & Departmentp. 451
Retail-Educational Supplyp. 454
Retail-General Electronicsp. 457
Retail-Hardware & Home Improvementp. 477
Retail-Office Suppliesp. 481
Retail-Opticals & Lasersp. 482
Retail-Otherp. 485
Retail-Other Electronicsp. 488
Retail-Other Materialsp. 490
Retail-Robotics Specialtyp. 493
Retail-Sciencep. 500
Retail-Surplus Electronicsp. 508
Retail-Surplus Mechanicalp. 515
Retail-Train & Hobbyp. 519
Robotsp. 526
Robots-BEAMp. 526
Robots-Educationalp. 528
Robots-Experimentalp. 530
Robots-Hobby & Kitp. 530
Robots-Industrial/Researchp. 539
Robots-Personalp. 543
Robots-Walkingp. 544
Sensorsp. 546
Sensors-Encodersp. 551
Sensors-GPSp. 557
Sensors-Opticalp. 562
Sensors-Otherp. 567
Sensors-RFIDp. 572
Sensors-Strain & Load Cellsp. 575
Sensors-Tilt & Accelerometerp. 577
Sensors-Ultrasonicp. 581
Suppliesp. 587
Supplies-Casting & Mold Makingp. 588
Supplies-Chemicalsp. 600
Supplies-Glues & Adhesivesp. 601
Supplies-Paintsp. 605
Test and Measurementp. 607
Toolsp. 613
Tools-Accessoriesp. 618
Tools-CNCp. 619
Tools-Handp. 625
Tools-Machineryp. 628
Tools-Powerp. 631
Tools-Preclsion & Miniaturep. 633
Toysp. 638
Toys-Constructionp. 640
Toys-Electronicsp. 649
Toys-Robotsp. 649
User Groupsp. 653
Videop. 660
Video-Camerasp. 660
Video-Imagersp. 667
Video-Programming & APIsp. 668
Video-Transmittersp. 670
Wheels and Castersp. 672
Appendix A Yellow Pages--First Line of Defensep. 683
Company Referencep. 689
Where to Find Itp. 707
About the Authorp. 712