The Ultimate Palm Robot (Consumer)

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9780072228809: The Ultimate Palm Robot (Consumer)

Got an old Palm lying around? This step-by-step guide shows how to turn it into a robot. Incuding proprietary software designed specially for Osborne, it allows hobbyists to have fun with their Palm robot once they've built it.

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No programming required--CD includes software

Now, anyone curious about robotics can inexpensively build and enjoy their very own robot using any Palm handheld for the brains. Originally developed by Carnegie Mellon University robotics department graduate students, this prototype has enjoyed a cult following among enthusiasts. Using software provided by the authors and this step-by-step guide, you can build and operate your own version of the same robot. Recycle your old handheld, or get someone else's for peanuts on eBay or at a flea market. Learn about parts, software, programming, games, robot resources, and much more from this exciting one-stop guide to Palm robots.

  • Build a functioning robot without knowing how to program
  • Transform any Palm OS model into an electronic companion
  • Get complete instructions on how to construct your robot using a kit or build it from scratch
  • Use drag-and-drop programming software from the included CD-ROM, then instruct your robot with the push of a button
  • Command your robot to do tricks, talk, follow moving objects, and more
  • Add sensors and other advanced tools to get more from your robot
  • Learn to program your robot using C/C++, Java, or other languages
  • Review available applications to make your robot perform all kinds of activities

About the Author:

Kevin Mukhar (Colorado Springs, CO), a software developer for Lockheed Martin in Denver, is a programmer and writer. He has been programming as a hobbyist since the early days of the Commodore 64. He has dabbled in everything from programming HP calculators to programming Java on the Palm OS. Mukhar has written numerous articles and is the co-author of several books including Beginning Java Databases and Oracle 9i Java Programming (both published by Wrox Press). He served as Technical Editor for Dave Johnson's recent book Robot Invasion: 7 Cool & Easy Robot Projects. He is currently working on a masters degree in computer science. Dave Johnson (Colorado Springs, CO) knows Palms and robots! Dave has a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University, and has written about technology for 15 years. His magazine credits include such publications as Wired, Handheld Computing Magazine, PC World Magazine, and Family PC Magazine. He also hosted a call-in talk radio show on technology for two years. Johnson was a contributing author to Build Your Own Combat Robot, and is the author of 18 books, including the best-sellers How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld (written with Rick Broida) and How to Do Everything with Your Digital Camera, as well as Robot Invasion: 7 Cool & Easy Robot Projects.

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