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on 3 January 1998
This rare gem of a book covers many important subjects related to robotics; subjects which range from mechanical design of robots, and the equally important electronic aspects. Aspects such as gripper design, locomotion, the senses of touch, hearing, speaking (yes, speaking!) and sight are discussed in considerable detail. Mechanical diagrams and lots of electrical schematics give a complete, practical solution to building the robots, and the subsystems discussed in this book. Futhermore, a lot of useful information is given concerning the electrical parts used in the designs. Finally the last few chapters deal with the fun and interesting area of computer interfacing one's robot - something which allows creation of the "intelligent" robot. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in practical robotics and electronics!
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on 14 August 1997
Do you have an interest in robots?, Are you a tinkerer or experimenter? Do you have a basic working knowledge of electronic circuits?
Then this is the book for you.
This book lays out in 33 chapters the information and know-how of building robots from the ground up and on the cheap. Chapters on batteries and motors will get you up and running on designing your first robot while later chapters give you ways of refining your designs.
The book is modular in approach: The basics are covered first, followed by building techniques, and then refinements like eyes, sound detection, and remote control. Plenty of pictures and schematics are included to ease construction.
Although this book lacks motion control equations and programming ideas, it lays the groundwork for anyone with more than a passing interest in robots.
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on 12 September 1998
This is an excellent book for beginners. It illustrates how to build robots starting from a basic frame, to locomotation, and to sensing. The author describes the multiple ways to make a robot, out of wood or plastic or metal, and provides the pros and cons out of his own experiences. This helps the reader avoid many common mistakes.
He also instructs you in what parts to acquire, their ballpark costs, and where you can get them.
He delves into basic electronics if you're not familiar with it.
He does the same for basic mechanical parts.
Overall, reading this book is wonderful because it is like going through a robotic apprenticeship.
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on 15 July 1998
This book is inexpensive and gives the reader a broad but somewhat shallow exposure to home-built amateur robots. A must-have for the first-time robot builders. However, for those who are a little more experienced and/or theory oriented, "Mobile Robots : Inspiration to Implementation" by Joseph L. Jones and Anita M. Flynn provide more formal treatment to fundamental concepts in robotics.
Because of the low price and broad coverage, this book is recommended for any robot builders.
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on 28 February 1999
As a beginner hobbyist in robotics, I feel like already having all I need to start. This book explains everything from the motor, body, until the intelligent part of the robot. It also gives the reader some hints to use his/her imagination. Morely, the book supplies the appropriate information on how to get the parts that the reader needs.
Nothing you can complain from this book. It makes you feel like an expert and full of imagination.
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on 11 December 1998
The book gently massages the reader into the complex world of robotics from both a mechanical and electronic perspective. Although a few references do not translate well to the British reader this should not deter anyone from perservering and completeing a majority of the projects. All in all this book is thouroughly reccommended to anyone wishing to break into robotics as a hobby.
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on 25 January 1999
McComb's book is the best introductory book I have seen concerning robotics. The projects are simple to build and gives the beginner an excellent foundation in robotics. The electronic circuits and theory presented in the book is easy to understand and work with. If you can build the six-legged robot in the book you can build anything!!!
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on 26 December 1997
A good introduction to devices useful to the robotics hobbyist,has many novels approaches that will stimulate your thinking about robots. The primary criticism is that many (most ?) of the circuits presented have serious errors in them. Unless you are competent to 'debug' a faulty circuit, stay away from the electronics projects presented.
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on 14 October 1998
awesome book. gordon mccomb is my favorite how-to author. it describes where to get the parts, how much they are, how to build the robots, and pretty much everything else you can think of. the only bad thing is that it doesn't discuss the basic stamp because its so old.
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on 10 August 1996
Excellent book covering many aspects of beginning robot design, including locating parts, motors and locomotion, sensors, power supplies, and computer interfacing. A must-buy for those starting
out in robotic design as a hobby. Very easy to read and understand.
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