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Arduino Robotics (Technology in Action) by [Warren, John-David, Josh Adams, Harald Molle]
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About the Author

JD is an electronics hobbyist, builder, and relentless tinkerer. As a child, he took apart everything he owned to figure out how it worked. Since then he has built many different projects ranging from anelectric fishing pole to a remote-controlled lawn mower, which was featured on the cover of MAKE magazine in April 2010. Having worked as a builder doing carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work for 8 years, his knowledge is founded in real world experience rather than textbook recitation. In addition to building robots and remote controlled toys, he enjoys automating everyday tasks, blinking LEDs, designing and etching PCBs, and lots of random things in between. Much of his time has been spent researching, building, and testing various motor-controllers to make his bots move. As a self-proclaimed poor man's roboticist, he will always try to find the cheapest way to do something usually by building it himself. JD graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a degree in Business Management. He currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his beautiful wife Melissa and their growing flock of animals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16384 KB
  • Print Length: 630 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1430231831
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (14 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PZ28WI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Arduino has taken the world of amateur electronics by a storm. Before Arduino, and if you wanted to work with embedded systems, you must have an electronics degree and lots of time (and money) to spare in order to master all the data books, assembling a toolchain, and buy some sort of development system. With Arduino all that changed dramatically, and nowadays, almost everyone with the necessary will can do amazing work in the field.
If you love to tinker with robots you must purchase this book. However, this is not a beginner's book. It requires some prior knowledge in Arduino language (very similar to C) and electronics. Also, some mechanical skill is implied in order to build all the proposed projects. Some of them are quite elaborated as the Segway clone and an autonomous boat guided by GPS. The graphical side of the book is somewhat flawed and this is a shame in an otherwise good book.
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This book is probbebly the most useful and informative book on the arduino platform, with lots of code examples and hardware construction. On a practical level it's a huge thumbs up.
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I liked the book because it has some really cool projects in it for you to make and follow along with. It allowed me to understand a lot more in depth about electronics and the components and I would recommend the book to anyone interested in electronics or robot building as you can make some cool things with it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 22 Sept. 2011
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It was an interesting read. The three hobbyists go through the robotic designs that they made on the cheap using old scavenged parts. They did an amazing job simplifying concepts to the point anybody with a high school education can understand them. Most of the book is devoted not to the Arduino but to the mechanical engineering parts of making a robot on the cheap. Diverse topics like cutting polystyrene and making homemade PCB's take up most of the book with the Arduino part mostly being a brief description of what the code does. I would recommend the book, but there are things that might annoy some people. It doesn't have much of an in-depth look at the Arudino itself. For their more complicated robots where non-library custom code is needed you will see comments like "If you want to understand this, you must read the Data Sheet of atmega168." These guys seem to own a hardware store of tools and have a warehouse of parts lying around. The use of old scavenged parts is cool, but it does mean you shouldn't expect to be able to reproduce anything exactly like these guys did and expect acquiring parts/tools to be a challenge in and of itself. Also keep in mind that this is a hobbyist book and many of the techniques discussed would fail most design for manufacturability and reliability criterion. It will give you ideas on going about making your own hobby robots on the cheap but don't expect your pooling solder connections to withstand the test of time or be easy to debug when things don't work the first time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING IS IN COLOR 20 Feb. 2015
By Gobotix - Published on Amazon.com
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I went through the inside of the book just to make sure it was printed in color. Amazon shows the book in color but when you order it all photos in the book are in black and white, some of the images difficult to see. The book also has tons of small spelling errors and typos and in my opinion is very dated. If you're a beginner it's doubtful you're just going to pick up this book and build a robot. It has good information but for the beginner it's way too fast and for the experienced it's just a little boring, especially since you're looking at faded black and white images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of basic robotics & electronics 24 April 2012
By C. Krause - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I'm a seasoned electronics hobbyist, it was quite helpful to go over basic electronic principles. Chapter 6, making your own PC boards is worth the price of the book alone. After nearly 30 years of trying different DIY techniques, it inspire me to try once again, and this time, Success!! (If your serious about DIY PC boards, go to [...] (outside link) for supplies and additional info). The bulk of the book takes you from simple motor control through video, remote control, and complex sensor feedback. If you want to get started in robotics, get this book and an Arduino UNO board. That supplier shipped the board like in 2 days.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable information and ideas, Written for older boards. 17 April 2013
By Timothy P. Mauk - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, I am quite new to arduino, however i should've done more research to ensure it had some projects written for arduino uno. I am certain the code and pin configurations can be easily modified to work with an Uno by someone more experienced though. The book does contain a wealth of valuable information on all aspects of robot building such as; making pcb's, H-bridge theory and construction, chassis construction, servo modification, sensor use and installation, code, etc. Many B/W photos and schematics are included for designs. Full of useful information either way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Primer 31 Mar. 2013
By Opinions - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book because I have no electrical engineering background, but wanted to build an Arduino robot. This walks you through the basics and tools you'll need, then suggests where you can buy parts.

I won't go into detail, but if you're just starting out, this is a great book to begin with.

Be warned: This book is very detailed, and rather thick. It's filled with great pictures though, and very informative diagrams.

Pros:
Easily worth twice the price
Great Photos
Fun Project

Cons:
Would be nice if the pictures were color
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