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The Bestselling Robotics Book--Now with New Projects and Online Tools! "Amazing...should be required reading for any budding robot builder!" -GeekDad, Wired.com

Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots! This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that can be programmed from your computer. Fully updated with the latest technologies and techniques, Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition includes step-by-step plans that take you from building basic motorized platforms to giving the machine a brain--and teaching it to walk, talk, and obey commands.

This robot builder's paradise is packed with more than 100 affordable projects, including 10 completely new robot designs. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable robots of all shapes and sizes. Mix and match the projects to develop your own unique creations. The only limit is your imagination!

Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition covers:

Parts, materials, and tools Building motorized wooden, plastic, and metal platforms Rapid prototyping methods Drafting bots with computer-aided design Constructing high-tech robots from toys Building bots from found parts Power, motors, and locomotion Robots with wheels, tracks, and legs Constructing robotic arms and grippers Robot electronics and circuit making Computers and electronic control Microcontrollers--Arduino, PICAXE, and the BASIC stamp Remote control systems Sensors, navigation, and visual feedback Robot vision via proximity, light, and distance

New! FREE online content at:
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My First Robot tutorial lessons Project parts finder Animated, interactive learning tools How-to videos, robot e-plans, bonus articles, links, and more

Plus, go to:
www.mhprofessional.com/rbb4 for:

Downloadable programs RBB app notes Bonus chapters

Make Great Stuff!
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

Do you dream of wiring up a flashing LED, experimenting with infrared detectors, or building a walking-talking robot from scratch? Do you want to understand what capacitors, oscilloscopes and transistors actually do? Then look no further!

Electronics For Dummies, UK Editioncovers everything from understanding the technology behind day-to-day gadgets, to reading a schematic, getting to grips with multimeters, and devising projects that are both useful and fun. With UK-specific information on where to purchase components for your workbench and the most useful websites and resources, this essential guide will get you up, running, and switched on in no time.

Electronics For Dummies, UK Edition includes:

Part I: Understanding The Fundamentals of Electronics

Chapter 1: What is Electronics and What Can It Do For You? Chapter 2: Moving Electrons to Make Something Happen Chapter 3: Meeting Up with Resistance Chapter 4: Getting a Charge Out of Capacitors Chapter 5: Curling Up With Coils and Crystals Chapter 6: The Wide World of Semiconductors Chapter 7: Packing Parts Together on Integrated Circuits Chapter 8: Rounding Out Your Parts List

Part II: Getting Your Hands Dirty

Chapter 9: Setting Up Shop and Ensuring Your Safety Chapter 10: Reading Schematics Chapter 11: Constructing Circuits Chapter 12: Measuring and Analysing Circuits

Part III: Putting Theory Into Practice

Chapter 13: Exploring Some Learning Circuits Chapter 14: Great Projects You Can Build in 30 Minutes or Less Chapter 15: Cool Robot Projects to Amaze Your Friends and Family

Part IV: The Part of Tens

Chapter 16: Ten (Or So) Terrific Tips to Help You Succeed Chapter 17: Ten Great Electronics Parts Sources Chapter 18: Ten Electronics Formulas You Should Know

Appendix: Internet Resources

Getting Up to Speed with Tutorials and General Information Figuring Things Out with Calculators Surfing for Circuits Asking Questions in Discussion Forums Getting Things Surplus
Learn the basics of modern robotics while building your own intelligent robot from scratch! You'll use inexpensive household materials to make the base for your robot, then add motors, power, wheels, and electronics.

But wait, it gets better: your creation is actually five robots in one! -- build your bot in stages, and add the features you want. Vary the functions to create a robot that's uniquely yours.

Mix and match features to make your own custom robot:

Flexible Motorized Base -- a playpen for all kinds of programming experimentsObstacle Detector -- whiskers detect when your robot has bumped into thingsObject Avoider -- ultrasonic sound lets your robot see what's in front of itInfrared Remote Control -- command your robot from your easy chairLine Follower -- use optics to navigate your bot; have races with other robot builders!

You will learn how switches, ultrasonics, infrared detectors, and optical sensors work. Install an Arduino microcontroller board and program your robot to avoid obstacles, provide feedback with lights and sound, and follow a tracking line. In this book you will combine multiple disciplines -- electronics, programming, and engineering -- to successfully build a multifunctional robot.

You'll discover how to:

construct a motorized baseset up an Arduino to function as the brainuse "whisker" switches to detect physical contactavoid obstacles with ultrasonic sensorsteach your robot to judge distancesuse a universal remote to control your robotinstall and program a servo motorrespond to input with LEDs, buzzers, and tonesmount line-following sensors under your robot

And more. Everything is explained with lots and lots of full-color line drawings. No prior experience is necessary. You'll have fun while you learn a ton!
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