Robot Builder's Bonanza, Third Edition by Gordon McCombRobot Builder's Bonanza, Third Edition by Gordon McComb

Robot Builder's Bonanza, Third Edition

byGordon McComb, Myke Predko

Paperback | February 21, 2006

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Everybody's favorite amateur robotics book is bolder and better than ever -- and now features the field's "grand master" Myke Predko as the new author! Author duo McComb and Predko bring their expertise to this fully-illustrated robotics "bible" to enhance the already incomparable content on how to build -- and have a universe of fun -- with robots. Projects vary in complexity so everyone from novices to advanced hobbyists will find something of interest.


  • 30 completely new projects
  • All projects have been revamped to be more customizable
  • More visual -- illustrations of the final product are right at the beginning of the chapter

    Everything you need to build from plans provided or create your own designs:
    * Robot Basics * Construction Techniques * Computer and Electronic Control * Power, Motors, and Locomotion * Practical Robotics Projects * Sensors and Navigation * Robot Programming * Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits

Gordon McComb is an avid electronics hobbyist who has written for TAB Books for a number of years. He wrote the best-selling Troubleshooting and Repairing VCRs (now in its third edition), Gordon McComb's Gadgeteer's Goldmine, and Lasers, Ray Guns, and Light Cannons. Myke Predko has 20 years experience in the design, manufacturin...
Title:Robot Builder's Bonanza, Third EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:733 pages, 9.3 × 7.3 × 1.48 inPublished:February 21, 2006Publisher:McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0071468935

ISBN - 13:9780071468930

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Table of Contents



Part 1: Robot Basics

Chapter 1: The Robot Experimenter

Chapter 2: Anatomy of a Robot

Chapter 3: Structural Materials

Chapter 4: Buying Parts

Chapter 5: Electronic Components

Chapter 6: Tools

Chapter 7: Electronic Construction Techniques

Part 2: Robot Platform Construction

Chapter 8: Plastic Platforms

Chapter 9: Wooden Platforms

Chapter 10: Metal Platforms

Chapter 11: Hacking Toys

Part 3: Computers and Electronic Control

Chapter 12: An Overview of Robot "Brains"

Chapter 13: Programming Fundamentals

Chapter 14: Computer Peripherals

Chapter 15: The BASIC Stamp 2 Microcontroller

Chapter 16: Remote Control Systems

Part 4: Power, Motors, and Locomotion

Chapter 17: Batteries and Robot Power Supplies

Chapter 18: Principles of Robot Locomotion

Chapter 19: Choosing the Right Motor

Chapter 20: Working with DC Motors

Chapter 21: Working with Stepper Motors

Chapter 22: Working with Servo Motors

Part 5: Practical Robotics Projects

Chapter 23: Building a Roverbot

Chapter 24: Building a Heavy-Duty Six-Legged Walking Robot

Chapter 25: Advanced Robot Locomotion Systems

Chapter 26: Reaching Out with Robot Arms

Chapter 27: Building a Revolute Coordinate Arm

Chapter 28: Experimenting with Gripper Designs

Part 6: Sensors and Navigation

Chapter 29: The Sense of Touch

Chapter 30: Object Detection

Chapter 31: Sound Input and Output

Chapter 32: Robot Vision

Chapter 33: Navigation

Chapter 34: Fire Detection Systems

Chapter 35: Experimenting with Tilt and Gravity Sensors

Chapter 36: Home Robots and How Not to Chew Up Your Furniture

Part 7: Putting It All Together

Chapter 37: Robot Tasks, Operations, and Behaviors

Chapter 38: Integrating the Blocks

Chapter 39: Failure Analysis

Chapter 40: Setting Up Workshops, Demonstrations, and Competitions

Appendix A: Further Reading

Appendix B: Sources

Appendix C: Robot Information on the Internet