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Are you interested in robotics but don't know where to start? In this section we have listed the best books for beginners. These books will get you started with actual projects. You may be surprised by how quickly you can build your own robot with the guidance of one of our beginner books.




   Robot Builder's Bonanza, Third Edition

Robot Builder's BonanzaThe best selling hobby robotics books is now bigger and better than ever! Thousands of robot hobbyists -- and robots -- grew up on the first two editions on this book. Now Gordon McComb has partnered with fellow robotics enthusiast Myke Predko -- and together they've made this classic guide to building your very own robot more awesome than ever. Inside Robot Builder's Bonanza you'll find detailed plans for constructing robots that walk, see, feel, talk, listen, think -- and more!

Best of all, this book will make you want to build a robot -- and show you how you can! Packed with enthusiasm, fascinating science tidbits, field-tested projects, and modular organization to make it easy to invent and build your own designs, this best-seller puts it all together for anyone with the slightest curiosity about this fascinating hobby. Projects vary in complexity so everyone from novices to advanced hobbyists will find something to inspire and advance robot plans.


Follow a plan or create your own design

Robot Basics
Parts and Tools
Practical Robotics Projects
Money-Saving Hacks
Construction Techniques: Plastic, Wood, & Metal
Computer and Electronic Control
Power, Motors, and Locomotion
Sensors and Navigation
Robot Programming
Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits
Avoiding Common Mistakes
List of Sources for Parts and Ideas

NEW to the Third Edition:

30 Completely New Projects!

Hundreds of Helpful New Illustrations
Customizability Added to Every Project
More Materials and Tools You Can Use to Build Your Robots
State-of-the-Art Advances
More Help with Microcontrollers for the Beginner
Developments in Remote Control
Information to Turn Toys into Automatons
High-Tech Sensors
Suggestions for Robotics Competitions and Competing

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   Robot Building for Beginners

Robot Building for Beginners is a wonderful book that provides basic, practical knowledge on getting started in amateur robotics. Short chapters are perfectly suited for bedtime reading. It contains step-by-step instructions and small, hands-on experiments, including a line-following robot that you can make from a sandwich container.

Learning robotics by yourself isn't easy. It helps when the encouragement comes from someone who's been there. Not only does Robot Building for Beginners help you understand a particular part of the puzzle, but it also prepares you with techniques to learn new parts on your own.

Author David Cook begins with the anatomy of a homemade robot and advice on how to proceed successfully. General sources for tools and parts are provided in a consolidated listing with specific part references throughout each chapter. Basic safety and numbering systems are also covered.

An in-depth analysis of digital multimeters gives the reader all the information they need to select and obtain this valuable tool for themselves. Other tools and parts include: wire strippers, snips, hack saws, needle nose pliers, tap and die, nine-volt batteries, wire, alligator clips, LEDs, capacitors, resistors, solderless breadboards, soldering irons, solder, flux, heat-shrink tubing, photosensors, transistors, chips, motors, gears, wheels, screwdrivers, wrenches, nutdrivers, screws, bolts, hot glue, and solar panels.

This huge book helps you unlock the mysteries of robot anatomy and fundamentals with complete step-by-step instructions for building a robot from scratch. If you've been looking for complete instructions on building a simple, yet capable robot, this is your book!

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   Build a Remote-Controlled Robot

Build a Remote-Controlled RobotHere are all the step-by-step, heavily illustrated plans you need to build a full-sized, remote controlled robot without any advanced electronic or programming skills. It's the perfect way to jump into the fascinating world of robotics!

Written specifically with first-time builders in mind, Build a Remote-Controlled Robot includes:

* Complete plans for building the inexpensive "Questor" Robot
* 100 step-by-step detailed photographs of every stage of the assembly process
* Simple-to-read wiring diagrams
* A complete parts list including tips on where to find components easily and inexpensively

Written by a teacher with experience enough to know what questions you would ask, this guide bypasses heavy-duty design theory and gets right to the heart of building the Questor robot with an emphasis on having a great time while doing it.

Chapter 1: The motorized platform
Chapter 2: Body framework
Chapter 3: Power supply and control box
Chapter 4: Remote control system
Chapter 5: Arms and subsystems
Chapter 6: Skin and finishing touches

Build a Remote-Controlled Robot is the perfect "first book" for amateur robotics!

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   Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building RobotsFinally, a robotics book for people who don't know the first thing about robotics! Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots is well-written, inviting, and action-packed, with engaging ideas and fascinating facts about robots and robot-related arts and sciences. You are led gently into the intimidating world of robotics, but nearly 400 pages later, you emerge with a respectable knowledge of robot history, the major fields and "schools" of robotics today, and the basic skills and resources needed to create your own hobby robots.

By the end of the book, you will be the proud owner of three bots, the first two of which demonstrate key robotic principles. The third is a programmable/expandable robot, which serves as a platform for future experimentation. And best of all, these robots are built with simple to get and inexpensive parts - many of which you already have around the house!

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   Robots, Androids, and Animatrons : 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build

Robots, Androids, and AnimatronsBuild your own computer-controlled servant. Construct your own robot or android to do your bidding! In Robots, Androids and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build, electronics expert John Iovine serves up easy-to-follow plans and step-by-step instructions for constructing your very own state-of-the-art working robot that will obey your orders, act as your surrogate and even do scores of tough chores. You'll find everything you need to harness the latest robotics technologies--locomotion, sensing and control--to develop a high-tech robot, animatron or android in your own home workshop. This groundbreaking guide makes it easier than you ever imagined to: Design a lifelike robotic hand or arm that performs repetitive tasks; Build a computerized robot that uses both an expert system and a neural network--for some very unexpected behavior; Devise a robotic insect with a "brain"; Create a telepresence robot you can "get inside of" with actual arcade and virtual reality applications; Take advantage of sensing systems--tilt, bump, road and wall, light, speech, recognition, sound--even odors and gases; And much more.

With the complete directions supplied by popular electronics author John Iovine in this revised Robots, Androids, and Animatrons, you can:

* Build your first walking, talking, sensing, thinking robot
* Create 12 working robotic projects, using the fully illustrated instructions provided
* Get the best available introduction to robotics, motion control, sensors, and neural intelligence
* Put together basic modules to build sophisticated 'bots of your own design
* Construct a robotic arm that responds to your spoken commands
* Build a realistic, functional robotic hand
* Apply sensors to detect bumps, walls, inclines, and roads
* Give your robot expertise and neural intelligence
* Do all of this without programming or assembly language skills

Perfect for first-time robot builders-And for more advanced hobbyists who want to add to their skills! If you have basic electronics abilities, Robots, Androids, and Animatrons gives you everything you need to create 12 exciting robotic projects using off-the-shelf products and workshop-built devices-including a complete parts list. Also ideal for anyone interested in electronic and motion control, this book - already a cult classic - gives you the building blocks you need to go practically anywhere in robotics.

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   Robotics Demystified

Robotics DemystifiedNow anyone with an interest in robotics can gain a deeper understanding -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Robotics Demystified, expert robot builder and author Edwin Wise provides an effective and totally painless way to learn about the technologies used to build robots!

With Robotics Demystified, you master the subject one simple step at a time -- at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers problems at the end of each chapter to reinforce what you have learned. Robotics Demystified makes if fun and easy to learn about robots. Get ready to:

Learn essential electronics, mechanics, and programming concepts, one step at a time
Evaluate your progress with self-test questions
Discover the ins and outs of mobile, industrial, and research 'bots
Find out how to make your robot sense and think

This complete self-teaching guide takes an introductory approach to robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their own robot. So if you're looking for an enjoyable route into robotics, let this book be your shortcut!

Also from the same author:

Applied Robotics
Applied Robotics II  (Bigger, more complicated projects for the serious hobbyist)
Animatronics : A Guide to Animated Holiday Displays

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   Robot Building For Dummies

Robot Building For DummiesDiscover what robots can do and how they work. Find out how to build your own robot and program it to perform tasks with Robot Building for Dummies.

Are you ready to enter the robot world? This book is your passport! It walks you through building your very own little metal assistant, dressing it up, giving it a brain, programming it to do things, even making it talk. Along the way, you'll gather some tidbits about robot history, enthusiast's groups, and more.

Learn to build robots the "Dummies" way with explanations in plain English, icons and other navigational aids, tear-out cheat sheet, top ten lists, and a dash of humor and fun.

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