Robot Building for Beginners

2nd Edition

By David Cook

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Robot Building for Beginners is an update of David Cook's best-selling Robot Building for Beginners. This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-2748-9
  • 516 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2010
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $34.99
  • eBook Price: $24.99
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“I wrote this book because I love building robots. I want you to love building robots, too. It took me a while to learn about many of the tools and parts in amateur robotics. Perhaps by writing about my experiences, I can give you a head start.”  —David Cook

Robot Building for Beginners, Second Edition is an update of David Cook’s best-selling Robot Building for Beginners. This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed.

The robot described and built in this book is battery powered and about the size of a lunchbox. It is autonomous. That is, it isn’t remote controlled.

You’ll begin with some tools of the trade, and then work your way through prototyping, robot bodybuilding, and eventually soldering your own circuit boards. By the book’s end, you will have a solid amateur base of understanding so that you can begin creating your own robots to vacuum your house or maybe even rule the world!

What you’ll learn

  • How to build a robot from scratch
  • Where to obtain parts and tools to get you started
  • How to build the brain—the intelligence—using the motherboard
  • How to create the body and become a Dr. Frankenstein
  • How to get your robot moving and ruling

Who this book is for

This book is aimed at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Welcome Robot Inventor!
  2. Where to Obtain Tools and Parts
  3. Safety
  4. Digital Multimeter
  5. Numbers and Units
  6. Robot Line-Following
  7. Nine-Volt Batteries
  8. Clips and Test Leads
  9. Resistors
  10. LEDs
  11. Power On!
  12. Solderless Prototyping
  13. Solderless Breadboard Setup
  14. Variable Resistors
  15. Comparators
  16. Transistor Switches
  17. DC Motors
  18. Adding Gearhead Motors
  19. Wheels
  20. Coupler
  21. Soldering Equipment
  22. Soldering and Connecting
  23. The Motherboard
  24. Body Building
  25. Launching the Line-Follower
  26. Encore
  27. Appendix
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