Amphibionics: Build Your Own Reptilian Robot by Karl WilliamsAmphibionics: Build Your Own Reptilian Robot by Karl Williams

Amphibionics: Build Your Own Reptilian Robot

byKarl Williams

Paperback | April 8, 2003

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This work provides the hobbyist with detailed mechanical, electronic, and PIC microcontroller knowledge needed to build and program a snake, frog, turtle, and alligator robots. It focuses on the construction of each robotin detail, and then explores the world of slithering, jumping, swimming, and walking robots, and the artificial intelligence needed with these platforms.
Karl Williams is an independent robotics researcher, electronics experimenter, and software developer. He is with Mitra Imaging, a leading medical imaging software company acquired by AGFA HealthCare Informatics. He is the author of Insectronics: Build Your Own Walking Robotand has written for Nuts and Voltsmagazine. A resident of Onta...
Title:Amphibionics: Build Your Own Reptilian RobotFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 9.06 × 7.2 × 1.03 inPublished:April 8, 2003Publisher:Mcgraw HillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:007141245X

ISBN - 13:9780071412452

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Table of Contents


A Brief History

How amphibians achieve locomotion

Software control algorithms

Stages of Construction

Mechanical Construction

Theory and construction of Various Sensors

A study of the PIC Microcontroller


Coordinating the servos for walking

Monitoring the sensors

Output of sound

Controlling light-emitting diodes

Making sure the robots display lifelike behavior

Artificial Intelligence Experiments

Individual Amphibian Projects





Adding an Ultrasonic Rangefinding Sensor

Mapping out rooms

Focusing on Narrow Objects

Interfacing a Model Airplane Radio Transmitter

Using the Controller Board to Give the Robots Remote Control

Robotic Gripper

Mechanical Construction

Mounting the Gripper to the Robot

Software and Programming

Taking it Further

Adding Features and Improvements