Raspberry Pi Robotic Projects

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This book is for enthusiasts who want to use Raspberry Pi to build complex robotics projects. However, some programming background is recommended. With the aid of the step-by-step instructions in this book, you can construct complex robotics projects that can move, talk, listen, see, swim, or fly. Raspberry Pi Robotic Projects is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects guide packed full of examples of actual robotics projects. Each topic is explained in detail to make it easy to replicate the projects described.
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About the author

Richard Grimmett has been fascinated by computers and electronics from his very first programming project, which used Fortran on punch cards. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in leadership studies. He also has 26 years of experience in the radar and telecommunications industries (he even has one of the original brick phones). He now teaches computer science and electrical engineering at Brigham Young University - Idaho, where his office is filled with his many robotic projects. He recently completed a book on using BeagleBone Black for robotic projects, and is now excited to release this title for those who prefer Raspberry Pi.
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Publisher
Packt Publishing Ltd
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Published on
Feb 21, 2014
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Pages
278
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ISBN
9781849694339
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Hardware / General
Computers / Hardware / Peripherals
Computers / Programming Languages / Python
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Style and approach

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Style and approach

This fun and practical tutorial contain step-by-step instructions to get you hands-on building inexpensive projects. It contains mission-critical chapters and everything you need to know to get started.

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