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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Special Interest Model Books (3 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854861530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854861535
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,116,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harprit Singh Sandhu, BSME, MSCerE, is an American engineer and the founder of Rhino Robots Inc., where he was the chief designer of the 'Rhino' series of robots. In his spare time he is a journeyman designer, machinist & woodworker, whose interest in clock making led him to design & build the spindles described in the book.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By kiw005@unl.ac.uk on 24 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book knowing nothing about the workings or therory behind robotics. This book starts you off with a gentle history of the technology that makes robots possible and goes through all the theory of what a robot should be with regard to your needs. Once you are confident in the workings and software side of things part two of the book shows you how to build the robot pictured on the cover, giving all working dimensions of the robot, all the programmes needed to control it, plus even a list of suppliers where you can buy the components. All in all, a very interesting and easily understandable book which will be of benefit to anyone with a passing interest in robotics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil Rogers on 5 April 2003
Format: Paperback
This book covers many aspects of robotics, with some good practical examples that anyone could try out.
It culminates in a simple walking bi-ped robot that you can build from parts out of any model shops. You can control it from your own PC or make it autonomous with its own on-board controller.
The book is written in an easy style without being full of jargon. Best of all, it's very inexpensive.
After reading this, I was inspired to set about building something for TV's TechnoGames.
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Format: Paperback
This book just goes on about a robotic arm that was good about 10 years ago. It is outdated and not relevant to home/amateur robot makers.
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Good for beginners - REAL Beginners... 3 Jun. 2002
By "mlaramee" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having been into robotics and electronics for several years, this book really didn't hold my interest long...
However, it does show some good ideas on construction techniques. Occasionally the grammer and spelling could be improved. Also, it has a pretty good synopsis on balancing, and walking techniques.
Although, I personally didn't get much from it - I don't feel like I've wasted my money. Like I have with other books...
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Good step-by-step introduction 6 Jun. 2002
By sPh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Takes you step-by-step through the basics of motion control and building a moving robot. A good primer if you are interested in the subject but are starting from zero knowledge. You will need basic model-building skills and persistence to complete the project, but you should know a lot more at the end.
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THERE ARE MUCH BETTER BOOKS! 31 Oct. 2004
By BOTSANDBYTES.COM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not an attention getter by any means. Poorly written and singular in substance. At this point the information is mostly out dated. There are some interesting mechanical concepts shown but a free web search into bipeds will reveal the same....
Good Book but Needs to be Updated 23 Feb. 2012
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On the surface, "An Introduction to Robotics" might appear to be outdated due to its 1997 copyright date. However, there is still much information of value to be gleaned today from its contents. The first 71 pages of the book provide a clear and easily readable explanation of robotic terms and components that are fundamental to today's beginning robotics experimenters. The author has the ability to explain clearly and succinctly important concepts that many other authors either gloss over or make seem mysterious with overly technical and needlessly complicated jargon. Sandhu writes in easily understood English.

The author then discusses robotic control using the "RoboTalk" language and its companion controller as his example to control a robotic arm. This language and controller were developed by the author many years ago and are still available in updated forms. People familiar with the BASIC computing language will find "RoboTalk" extremely easy to learn and Sandhu's examples easy to follow.

The last half of the book deals with the construction of a walking robot. While the design provided an easy to duplicate learning tool in 1997, the passage of time has made this project much harder to duplicate today. The "QuickBASIC" language used is no longer a part of recent editions of MS Windows. In addition, the then commercially available controller described for the walking robot is now obsolete. References to prices and availability of components also are no longer current. Nonetheless, the more advanced reader could easily apply the information provided to the design an updated form of this walking robot.

I am giving this book a "3 star" rating solely due to the material that is outdated. If the author were to revise this text, I likely could give it "5 stars."
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