Linux Robotics: Programming Smarter Robots

Paperback | January 11, 2006

byD. Newman

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Robotics is becoming an increasingly popular field for hobbyists and professionals alike. The cost of the mechanics and electronics required to build a robot are low enough that almost anybody can afford it. The hardware that used to require government funding or a large university is now available to the average person. At the same time, programming is becoming a more common skill. This book combines the most sophisticated parts of robotics and programming to fill a real gap in available information.Most robotics books today use microcontrollers as the “brains” of the robots. This approach is fine for smaller, less expensive projects, but has serious limitations. When attempting to build a robot with sophisticated movements, navigation abilities, vision, and picture-capturing abilities, it is better to use a single board computer (SBC) such as Linux as the controller.

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Robotics is becoming an increasingly popular field for hobbyists and professionals alike. The cost of the mechanics and electronics required to build a robot are low enough that almost anybody can afford it. The hardware that used to require government funding or a large university is now available to the average person. At the same...

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POWER UP YOUR ROBOT WITH LINUXIf you want your robot to have more brains than microcontrollers can deliver -- if you want a truly intelligent, high-capability robot -- everything you need is right here. Linux Robotics gives you step-by-step directions for "Zeppo," a super-smart, single-board-powered robot that can be built by any hobby...

D. Jay Newman is a programmer, writer, and robot enthusiast. He has been interested in computers and robotics for as long as he can remember. This is his first book.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:287 pages, 9.2 × 7.3 × 0.8 inPublished:January 11, 2006Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:007144484X

ISBN - 13:9780071444842

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Starting Out

Chapter 2: Electronics and Such

Chapter 3: Internal Communication: The Control Network

Chapter 4: Sensors

Chapter 5: Behavioral Programming

Chapter 6: Audio: Speaking and Listening

Chapter 7: Vision: Seeing the World

Chapter 8: Mapping and Planning: Where Is Here? and How Do We Get There From Here?

Chapter 9: Artificial Neural Networks

Chapter 10: Working Without a Wire

APPENDIX A: ENerd Robotics Framework Code

APPENDIX B: RESOURCES

INDEX