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|In this section we cover computer hardware and software, in addition to
electronics. Just follow the steps in one of our excellent introductory
books and you'll have your robot running in no time.
Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius makes it fun to achieve genuine
mastery, one simple lesson at a time. What's more, when you're done, you'll
have five complete projects to show for your efforts! The book features 57
lessons that build on each other and add up to projects that you'll be proud
to display, play with, and put to practical use. You don't need to know
anything about electronics to begin building:
Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius gives you:
* Illustrated instructions and plans for amazing pre-tested projects
advanced enough for sophisticated enthusiasts but described in
sufficient detail to be built easily by newcomers
the book for every hobbyist who wants to be an inventor, but needs to learn the basics of
electronics to get there. In most introductory electronics books the emphasis is on
technical formulas and theory, while practical applications and advice often get lost in a
high-tech haze. Not very inspiring...
This crystal-clear, learn-as-you-go guide shows you what a particular
device does, what it looks like, how it compares with similar devices, and how it is used
in applications. Written by Paul Scherz, a physicist who is also an inventor and
electrical hobbyist, this important reference provides beginning hobbyists and inventors
with an intuitive grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of electronics--just the
kind of insight you need to get your projects up and running.
Get ready to reach into your programming toolbox and control a robot like
never before! Robot Programmer's Bonanza is the one-stop guide for everyone
from robot novices to advanced hobbyists who are ready to go beyond just
building robots and start programming them to perform useful tasks.
Start small by making your robot follow a line, hug a wall,
and avoid drop-offs or restricted areas. Then, enable your robot to perform
more sophisticated actions, such as locating a goal, sweeping the floor, or
navigating a home or office. Packed with illustrations and plenty of
inspiration, the unique Robot Programmer's Bonanza even helps you
teach your robot to become intelligent and adapt to its environment.
Electronic sensor circuits convert light, temperature, sound, and other signals into a form that can be processed by electronic circuits. Learn about solar cells, photoresistors, thermistors, and magnet switches. Then build circuits that respond to heat, pressure, light, and more. This Engineer's Mini Notebook is a compilation of three of Forrest Mims's notebooks: Sensor Projects; Solar Cell Projects; and Magnet & Magnet Sensor Projects.
Electronics fans have waited a long time for this book. Not since 1983 has author Bob Iannini published a collection of his amazing projects -- all of them fun, easy, and inexpensive to make at home and, best of all, seriously exciting and impressive! Iannini takes the stuff of science fiction and science future and brings it down to size for the home hobbyist. Full of easy-to-follow plans and clear diagrams and schematics, Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius gives you:
* Illustrated instructions and plans for amazing pre-tested projects
advanced enough for sophisticated electronics enthusiasts but described in sufficient
detail to be built easily by newcomers
This book equips you with complete plans, instructions, parts lists, and
sources for these wonderful projects:
Build a robot that uses your PDA as a brain! The chasm between PDAs and robots has been spanned, with PDA Robotics : Using Your Personal Digital Assistant to Control Your Robot, an easy to read guide to integrating these two pieces of technology into a single, remote controlled powerhouse.
Written in simple language by a renowned software designer and robotics expert, this unique resource reveals innovative concepts and designs, helping you to build your own PDA-controlled robot from the ground up.
Perfect for hobbyists, students of electronics, and engineers alike, this book is your ticket into the brave new world of PDA-controlled robots!
You'll be able to:
From How to Hack a Toaster to building Cubicle Intrusion Detection Systems, Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks offers an array of inventive customized electronics projects for the geek who can't help looking at a gadget and wondering how it might be "upgraded."
Beginning with basic hacks, tools, and techniques for those who may not have a background in electronics, the book covers the tools of the hardware hacking trade and basic soldering techniques. Clear step-by-step instructions allow even those with no formal electronics or hardware engineering skills to hack real hardware in very clever ways.
This book provides detailed instructions and materials lists for 15 projects. Each is rated in terms of cost to build, level of difficulty, and time needed (usually a weekend, although a few will take several weekends). Projects range from those that are truly useful to some things you may have never thought to do, but which are really cool, such as:
* Building your own arcade game
Perhaps you're an electronics hobbyist who likes to learn by doing. Maybe you hack software and want to see how the other half lives. Or, maybe you've never hacked at all, but you'd like to get started quickly with some projects that do something interesting from the start. If you're any of these, then Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks will indulge your inner mad scientist.
Controlling the World With Your PC is not a manual from which you will learn the techniques of world conquest and domination, as the title suggests, rather, it's a guide to interfacing your PC to other devices and circuits.
Each of the circuits in this book connects directly to your parallel printer port! Each also comes complete with a circuit diagram and listings for control software written in Pascal, C, and BASIC. The accompanying disk contains full source code in all the languages. Controlling the World With Your PC covers a vast array of interface topics, from stepper motors to alarm systems to analog interface.
The text is clear and straightforward with useful discussion of the circuit and the accompanying program. The programs are well documented so only basic knowledge is necessary to get through the examples.
In the field of introductory electronics, Stan Gibilisco wrote the book. This gifted teacher/author is one of the most trusted names in popular electronics and now he has updated his best-selling guide to reach audiences interested in the latest electronic technologies. Like its predecessor, the Fourth Edition of Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics is a complete self-teaching tool. Because it assumes no prior technical knowledge, true novices can use it at their own pace to master the fundamentals of electronics for work or hobbies. Gibilisco's proven blend of clear descriptions, extensive illustrations, and numerous self-tests make this a true "stand-alone" guide.
Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics has become the standard introduction to the essentials of electricity and electronics. Now the author has enhanced his best-selling guide with new chapters on cutting-edge technologies. The Third Edition retains the classic user-friendly, self-study approach while bringing you practical new information on wireless technologies, computers, and the Internet. Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics provides uniquely thorough coverage, ranging from AC and DC concepts and circuits to semiconductors and integrated circuits.
Assuming no prior background in electronics, it features a conversational writing style, quizzes, self-tests, and more than 500 illustrations that make learning easier and livelier. In virtually no time at all you'll be able to: Make simple current-voltage-resistance determinations; Design basic electronic circuits; Optimize circuit efficiency; and much more! The book also provides new guidance to cellular communications, transducers, wireless LANs and security systems, microprocessors, and cyberspace. Whether you're a hobbyist, a technician, a professional in an electronics-oriented firm, a student of electronics, or a novice, the new edition of Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics will be an essential reference you'll turn to again and again.
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