Robots, Androids and Animatrons, Second Edition: 12 Incredible Projects you Can Build

Paperback | November 19, 2001

byJohn Iovine

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Bring a robot to life without programming or assembly language skills!

There’s never been a better time to explore the world of the nearly human. With the complete directions supplied by popular electronics author John Iovine, you can:


• Build your first walking, talking, sensing, thinking robot
• Create 12 working robotic projects, using the fully illustrated instructions provided
• Get the best available introduction to robotics, motion control, sensors, and neural intelligence
• Put together basic modules to build sophisticated ‘bots of your own design
• Construct a robotic arm that responds to your spoken commands
• Build a realistic, functional robotic hand
• Apply sensors to detect bumps, walls, inclines , and roads
• Give your robot expertise and neural intelligence

You geteverything you need to create 12 exciting robotic projects using off-the-shelf products and workshop-built devices, including a complete parts list. Also ideal for anyone interested in electronic and motion control, this cult classic gives you the building blocks you need to go practically anywhere in robotics.

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Bring a robot to life without programming or assembly language skills!There’s never been a better time to explore the world of the nearly human. With the complete directions supplied by popular electronics author John Iovine, you can:• Build your first walking, talking, sensing, thinking robot• Create 12 working robotic projects, using...

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“Bound to stir the imagination and inspire plans.”--Poptronics, on John Iovine’s PIC Microcontroller Project BookMORE SENSORS—MORE SMARTS—MORE MOVES—MORE POWER—MORE CONTROL—MORE PROJECTS—LOWER COSTS—AMATEUR ROBOTICS COMES INTO ITS OWN!Robots, Androids, and Animatrons Second EditionThe time has come for you to bring a robot to life! Wit...

John Iovine is the author of several popular TAB titles that explore the frontiers of scientific research. He has written Homemade Holograms: The Complete Guide to Inexpensive, Do-It-Yourself Holography; Kirlian Photography: A Hands-On Guide; Fantastic Electronics: Build Your Own Negative-Ion Generator and Other Projects; and A Step i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.1 × 6.9 × 0.98 inPublished:November 19, 2001Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Acknowledgements

1: In the beginning

2: Artificial life and artificial intelligence

3: Power

4: Movement and drive systems

5: Sensors

6: Intelligence

7: Speech-controlled mobile robot

8: Behavioral-based robotics, neural networks, nervous nets, and subsumption architecture

9: Telepresence robot

10: Mobile platforms

11: Walker robots

12: Solar-ball robot

13: Underwater bots

14: Aerobots

15: Robotic arm and IBM PC interface and speech control

16: Android hand

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This title is unique in its coverage of a wide variety of robot types: walker robots, solar-ball robots, acrobots, underwater bots, and robotic hands. No prior technical skills are required. Following an introduction to robotics and AI, the text discusses the various components of robot construction: power systems, drive systems, sensors, intelligence, speed controllers, and even neural networks. The project examples tie it all together, and finally tips show readers how to create bots of their own design.