Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots by Gareth Branwyn

By Gareth Branwyn

Finally, a robots e-book for those that have no idea the very first thing approximately robotics! Absolute Beginner's consultant to Robots is well-written, inviting, and action-packed, with attractive principles and engaging factoids approximately robots and robot-related arts and sciences. you're led lightly into the intimidating international of robotics, yet approximately four hundred pages later, you emerge with a good wisdom of robotic heritage, the most important fields and "schools" of robotics this present day, and the fundamental abilities and assets had to create pastime robots. through the tip of the e-book, you'll be the proud proprietor of 3 bots, the 1st of which reveal key robot ideas. The 3rd is a programmable/expandable robotic, which serves as a platform for destiny experimentation. And better of all, those robots are outfitted with uncomplicated to get and cheap elements - lots of that you have already got round the house!

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As with all definitions, it is possible to push on this one until it breaks. As you can see, there's enough ambiguity about what constitutes a robot to fry our circuits and make smoke shoot out of our ears! We could try to deconstruct all of these definitions, look for common threads and logical inconsistencies, and then extend to you our attempt at a super-duper ironclad definition. But I won't bother. I will, however, tell you how I define the term. While I was working on this chapter, I got a copy of a book called Mad Professor, written and illustrated by Mark Frauenfelder—the same Mark Frauenfelder who illustrates this book.

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When we got the Probotics Cye robot a few years ago (a two-wheeled bot with a cart and a vacuum attachment), he did nothing for about five days but play with it and teach it (using a map-based teaching tool wirelessly connected from a laptop to the robot). He had big plans for how it was going to serve us dinner and haul our dishes back to the kitchen every night. After creating a "CyeServe" routine (that would deliver food in Cye's cart from the kitchen to the family room), he tried for several nights to work the bugs out (until we just got up and retrieved our rapidly cooling dinners from wherever Cye had gotten himself stuck).

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