This thoughtful guide gives you complete, illustrated plans and instructions for building a 1:10-scale car robot that would cost thousands of dollars if bought off the shelf. But beyond hours of entertainment and satisfaction spent creating and operating an impressive and fun project, "Mobile Robotic Car Design" provides serious insight into the science and art of robotics. Written by robotics experts, this book gives you a solid background in electrical and mechanical theory, and the design savvy to conceptualize, enlarge, and build robotics projects of your own.In these pages, robot designers Pushkin Kachroo and Patricia Mellodge will help you: build an impressive robot vehicle that can regulate its own speed and direction, for a cost of about $1000; give your robot car the ability to sense and respond to the environment; experiment with automatic cruise control that alters speed to meet conditions; learn what it takes to build a security robot that can patrol actively or passively; grasp the theory and principles behind robot design and operation; learn what makes servos, sensors, motors, and controls work; examine the source code for the PIC microcontroller and the DSP (digital signal processor); find free code for the car's printed circuit board at the companion website; and, get a complete parts list and list of parts suppliers.
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Learn the theories and principles of robot design and operation as you build this 1:10 scale car that can regulate its own speed and direction, sense and respond to its environment, and even function as a security vehicle. Kachroo and Mellodge (both electrical and computing engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute) give step-by step instructions for building the car for less than $1,000, including its system structure, construction, environmental sensing, DC motors and servos, low-level and microprocessor control, mathematical modeling, control design, and simulation environments. They include photographs, schematics, parts information, and a list of hardware sources, as well as free code for the car's printed circuit board at the companion web site. Now, if you could just shrink yourself to 1:10. ( Sci-Tech Book News 2004-12-01)From the Publisher:
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