Robots, Androids and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build!

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Starting with the novice level and progressing to medium-level complexity; author John Iovine leads readers through the construction of 12 state-of-the-art robotics projects, which provides the foundations and experience for building advanced robotic projects. After outlining how to modify base platforms for locomotion, the author provides detailed information on various types of robotic sensors, including tilt, bump, and road and wall detectors. He illustrates how to implement two different types of robotic intelligence-expert and neural. The remainder of the book focuses on specific, hands-on projects, including a functional, life-like android hand created with a soft rubber material and nitinol wire; a robotic "insect" controlled with a single-board computer programmed in BASIC; and a land rover robot with telepresence systems.

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This title is unique in its coverage of a wide variety of robot types: walker robots, solar-ball robots, acrobots, underwater bots, and robotic hands. No prior technical skills are required. Following an introduction to robotics and AI, the text discusses the various components of robot construction: power systems, drive systems, sensors, intelligence, speed controllers, and even neural networks. The project examples tie it all together, and finally tips show readers how to create bots of their own design. ( Library Journal 2002-11-01)

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Build your own walking, talking, thinking robot with the projects covered in this book on amateur robotics. Providing you with the building blocks of electronics and motion control, the book enables you to construct a robotic arm that reponds to your spoken command, put together basic modules to create sophisticated robot designs of your own, and more. First-time robot-builders and advanced hobbyists can complete these projects without programming or assembly language skills. (Poptronics 2002-04-01)

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“Bound to stir the imagination and inspire plans.”--Poptronics, on John Iovine’s PIC Microcontroller Project Book

MORE SENSORS—MORE SMARTS—MORE MOVES—MORE POWER—MORE CONTROL—MORE PROJECTS—LOWER COSTS—AMATEUR ROBOTICS COMES INTO ITS OWN!

Robots, Androids, and Animatrons Second Edition

The time has come for you to bring a robot to life! With the plummeting costs of microcontrollers, quantum improvements and price reductions in other technologies, and the availability of a slew of exciting components in the electronics marketplace, there’s never been a better time to explore the world of the nearly human. With the complete directions supplied by popular electronics author John Iovine in this revised Robots, Androids, and Animatrons, you can:


• Build your first walking, talking, sensing, thinking robot
• Create 12 working robotic projects, using the fully illustrated instructions provided
• Get the best available introduction to robotics, motion control, sensors, and neural intelligence
• Put together basic modules to build sophisticated ‘bots of your own design
• Construct a robotic arm that responds to your spoken commands
• Build a realistic, functional robotic hand
• Apply sensors to detect bumps, walls, inclines , and roads
• Give your robot expertise and neural intelligence
• Do all of this without programming or assembly language skills

PERFECT FOR FIRST-TIME ROBOT BUILDERS—AND FOR MORE ADVANCED HOBBYISTS WHO WANT TO ADD TO THEIR SKILLS
If you have basic electronics abilities, Robots, Androids, and Animatrons gives you everything you need to create 12 exciting robotic projects using off-the-shelf products and workshop-built devices—including a complete parts list. Also ideal for anyone interested in electronic and motion control, this book—already a cult classic—gives you the building blocks you need to go practically anywhere in robotics. You’ll find hours of amusement here —and perhaps the germ of your new best friend!

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