Robot Building for Beginners

ISBN-10: 1893115445
ISBN-13: 9781893115446
Edition: 2002
Authors: David Cook
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Apress L. P.
Publication date: 1/16/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 570
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Loads of pictures and very frank discussion make this book a pleasure to read, and a real learning tool. - Craig Maloney, Slashdot Contributor The author gives lots of practical advice, some of which would be useful even to experienced tinkerers. It is very thorough. - Edward Chin, The Canadian Linux Users' Exchange Learning robotics by yourself isn't easy, but it helps when the encouragement comes from an expert who's spent years in the field. Not only does Author David Cook assist you in understanding the component parts of robot development, but he also presents valuable techniques that prepare you to achieve new discoveries on your own. Cook begins with the anatomy of a homemade robot and gives you the best advice on how to proceed successfully. General sources for tools and parts are provided in a consolidated list, and specific parts are recommended throughout the book. Also, basic safety precautions and essential measuring and numbering systems are promoted throughout. Specific tools and parts covered include digital multimeters, motors, wheels, resistors, LEDs, photoresistors, transistors, chips, gears, nut drivers, batteries, and more. Robot Building for Beginners is an inspiring book that provides an essential base of practical knowledge for anyone getting started in amateur robotics.

Preface
Welcome Robot Inventor!
Four Disciplines
Anatomy of a Homemade Robot
Building Up
Onward and Upward
Where to Obtain Tools and Parts
Ordering Free Information
Discovering Hidden Messages
Saving Money
Safety
Benefiting from Age and Experience
Following Instructions
Donning Safety Glasses
Wearing Other Safety Clothes
Insuring Adequate Ventilation
Storing Properly
Washing Before Eating
Avoiding Nasty Elements
Shocking
Steering Clear of Dangerous Robots
Sizing Up Motors
Lighting Up
Staying Rested and Level-Headed
Digital Multimeter
Must-Have Features
Nice-To-Have Features
Optional Features
AC Features
Obtaining Hook Probe Adaptors
Comparing Basic Multimeter Ads
Proceeding Without a Meter
Numbers and Units
Choosing the Metric System
Reducing Powers of a Thousand
Abbreviating Units
Too Little
Base Subjects Covered
Robot Line-Following
Defining the Course Conditions
Picking the Robot's Size
Seeing Sandwich
Building Up
Nine-Volt Batteries
Testing Battery Voltage
9 V Battery Characteristics
9 V Battery Recommendations
Battery Brand Names
Using 9 V Batteries In Robots
Powering Forward
Clips and Test Leads
The Gators Are Hungry Tonight
Obtaining Hook Clips
Testing Jumpers
Discovering Unintended Connections
Plumbing with Jumpers
Resistors
Limiting Power With Resistors
Obtaining a Resistor Variety Pack
Understanding Size and Tolerance
Cut It Out
Resistance and Ohms
Measuring Resistance
Labeling and Storing
Resisting the Temptation to Skip Ahead
LEDs
Learning About LED Attributes
Extreme Close Up of an LED
Identifying Multicolor LEDs
Testing an LED
Variety Pack
Brightening Your Way
Power Oh! Building and Testing a Power Indicator Circuit
Introducing the Parts List
Reading a Schematic
Building the Power Indicator Circuit
Understanding the Roles of Each Component
Measuring the Power Indicator Circuit
Measuring Current Flow
Circuit Summary
Solderless Prototyping
Needing a Better Way
Solderless Breadboards
Solderless Breadboard Wire
Making Your Own Jumper Wire
Making the Connection
Solderless Breadboard Setup
Considering Power Sources
Choosing a Power Switch
Connecting Power Buses
Installing a Power Indicator LED
Demystifying the Robot's Power Switch
Ready For More
Variable Resistors
Potentiometers
Variable Brightness LED Circuit
Brightness Balancing Circuit
Cadmium-Sulfide Photoresistors
Light-Controlled Circuit
Balanced Brightness-Sensing Circuit
Comparators
Voltage Comparator
Brightness Comparator Circuit
Adding Headlights
Appreciating a Simple Mind
Transistor Switches
Defining Negative Power
Testing Bipolar Transistors with a Multimeter
Bipolar Transistor Test Circuits
Brightness Comparator Circuit with Transistors
Summarizing PNP and NPN Transistors
DC Motors
How DC Motors Work
Simple DC Motor Circuit
Primary Characteristics of DC Motors
DC Gearhead Motors
Moving Forward
Adding Gearhead Motors
Selecting Gearhead Motors
Adding Motors to the Brightness Comparator Circuit
Completing the Electronics
Wheels
Anatomy of a Wheel
Characteristics of Robot Wheels
Wheel Choice for Sandwich
Cleaning Tires
Rolling Along
Coupler
Tubing
Measuring and Cutting the Tubing
LEGO Cross Axles
Gluing the Coupler Together
Adding a Setscrew to the Coupler
Admiring the Coupler
Soldering Equipment
Solder Wire
Flux
Soldering Iron
Soldering Stand
Soldering Sponge
Helping-Hand Tool
Desoldering Vacuum Tools
Steps of a Typical Soldering Session
Get Ready to Solder
Soldering and Connecting
Putting Together the Motors and Switches
Soldering Experience
The Motherboard
The Line-Following Circuit
Testing the Robot's Electronics
Holding Your Breath
Body Building
Approaching Robot Bodies
Transforming the Sandwich Container
Ready to Roll
Launching the Line-Follower
Correcting and Tweaking
The Maiden Voyage
Potential Improvements
Final Bow
Encore
Robot Components
Everyday Challenges
Contests
The Great Wide Open
Appendix
Magical Ohm's Law
Things I've Accidentally Destroyed While Writing This Book
Voltage's Real Name
Index

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