Description : Create high-tech walking, talking, and thinking robots "McComb hasn’t missed a beat. It’s an absolute winner!" -GeekDad, Wired.com Breathe life into the robots of your dreams—without advanced electronics or programming skills. Arduino Robot Bonanza shows you how to build autonomous robots using ordinary tools and common parts. Learn how to wire things up, program your robot's brain, and add your own unique flair. This easy-to-follow, fully illustrated guide starts with the Teachbot and moves to more complex projects, including the musical TuneBot, the remote-controlled TeleBot, a slithering snakelike 'bot, and a robotic arm with 16 inches of reach! Get started on the Arduino board and software Build a microcontroller-based brain Hook up high-tech sensors and controllers Write and debug powerful Arduino apps Navigate by walking, rolling, or slithering Program your 'bot to react and explore on its own Add remote control and wireless video Generate sound effects and synthesized speech Develop functional robot arms and grippers Extend plans and add exciting features
Description : It has been said that good things come in small packages. Such is the case with Arduino. Using the Arduino programming language, users operate microcontrollers, which are essentially mini-computers that trigger physical systems such as lights and motors. This book introduces readers to one of the most popular programming platforms, taking computing beyond the computer. The text covers the particulars of Arduino's hardware and software, its capabilities, pros and cons of the platform, and examples of the creativity its use engenders.
Description : This book presents a comprehensive overview of the human dimension of social robots by discussing both transnational features and national peculiarities. Addressing several issues that explore the human side of social robots, this book investigates what a social robot is and how we might come to think about social robots in the different areas of everyday life. Organized around three sections that deal with Perceptions and Attitudes to Social Robots, Human Interaction with Social Robots, and Social Robots in Everyday Life, it explores the idea that even if the challenges of robot technologies can be overcome from a technological perspective, the question remains as to what kind of machine we want to have and use in our daily lives. Lessons learned from previous widely adopted technologies, such as smartphones, indicate that robot technologies could potentially be absorbed into the everyday lives of humans in such a way that it is the human that determines the human-machine interaction. In a similar way to how today’s information and communication technologies were initially designed for professional/industrial use, but were soon commercialized for the mass market and then personalized by humans in the course of daily practice, the use of social robots is now facing the same revolution of ‘domestication.’ In the context of this transformation, which involves the profound embedding of robots in everyday life, the ‘human’ aspect of social robots will play a major part. This book sheds new light on this highly topical issue, one of the central subjects that will be taught and studied at universities worldwide and that will be discussed widely, publicly and repeatedly in the near future.
Description : Arduino, Teensy, and related microcontrollers provide a virtually limitless range of creative opportunities for musicians and hobbyists who are interested in exploring "do it yourself" technologies. Given the relative ease of use and low cost of the Arduino platform, electronic musicians can now envision new ways of synthesizing sounds and interacting with music-making software. In Arduino for Musicians, author and veteran music instructor Brent Edstrom opens the door to exciting and expressive instruments and control systems that respond to light, touch, pressure, breath, and other forms of real-time control. He provides a comprehensive guide to the underlying technologies enabling electronic musicians and technologists to tap into the vast creative potential of the platform. Arduino for Musicians presents relevant concepts, including basic circuitry and programming, in a building-block format that is accessible to musicians and other individuals who enjoy using music technology. In addition to comprehensive coverage of music-related concepts including direct digital synthesis, audio input and output, and the Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), the book concludes with four projects that build on the concepts presented throughout the book. The projects, which will be of interest to many electronic musicians, include a MIDI breath controller with pitch and modulation joystick, "retro" step sequencer, custom digital/analog synthesizer, and an expressive MIDI hand drum. Throughout Arduino for Musicians, Edstrom emphasizes the convenience and accessibility of the equipment as well as the extensive variety of instruments it can inspire. While circuit design and programming are in themselves formidable topics, Edstrom introduces their core concepts in a practical and straightforward manner that any reader with a background or interest in electronic music can utilize. Musicians and hobbyists at many levels, from those interested in creating new electronic music devices, to those with experience in synthesis or processing software, will welcome Arduino for Musicians.
Description : The Bestselling Robotics Book--Now with New Projects and Online Tools! "Amazing...should be required reading for any budding robot builder!" -GeekDad, Wired.com Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots! This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that can be programmed from your computer. Fully updated with the latest technologies and techniques, Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition includes step-by-step plans that take you from building basic motorized platforms to giving the machine a brain--and teaching it to walk, talk, and obey commands. This robot builder's paradise is packed with more than 100 affordable projects, including 10 completely new robot designs. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable robots of all shapes and sizes. Mix and match the projects to develop your own unique creations. The only limit is your imagination! Robot Builder's Bonanza, Fourth Edition covers: Parts, materials, and tools Building motorized wooden, plastic, and metal platforms Rapid prototyping methods Drafting bots with computer-aided design Constructing high-tech robots from toys Building bots from found parts Power, motors, and locomotion Robots with wheels, tracks, and legs Constructing robotic arms and grippers Robot electronics and circuit making Computers and electronic control Microcontrollers--Arduino, PICAXE, and the BASIC stamp Remote control systems Sensors, navigation, and visual feedback Robot vision via proximity, light, and distance New! FREE online content at: www.robotoid.com My First Robot tutorial lessons Project parts finder Animated, interactive learning tools How-to videos, robot e-plans, bonus articles, links, and more Plus, go to: www.mhprofessional.com/rbb4 for: Downloadable programs RBB app notes Bonus chapters Make Great Stuff! TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.
Description : The bestselling guide to hobby robotics―fully updated for the latest technologies! Learn to build your own robots using the hands-on information contained in this thoroughly revised TAB guide. Written by the “godfather of hobby robotics,” the book clearly explains the essential hardware, circuits, and brains and contains easy-to-follow, step-by-step plans for low-cost, cool robotics projects. Robot Builder’s Bonanza, Fifth Edition contains more than two dozen new projects for hobbyists of all ages and skill levels. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable custom robots. Discover how to: •Wire up robotics circuits from common electronic components•Get up and running building your own robots•Attach motors, wheels, legs, arms, and grippers•Make your robots walk, talk, and obey commands•Build brains from Arduino, BBC Micro:bit, Raspberry Pi, and other microcontrollers•Incorporate touch, proximity, navigation, and environmental sensors•Operate your ‘bot via remote control •Generate sound and interpret visual feedback•Construct advanced robots that can see light and follow pre-drawn paths!
Description : Learn the basics of modern robotics while building your own intelligent robot from scratch! You'll use inexpensive household materials to make the base for your robot, then add motors, power, wheels, and electronics. But wait, it gets better: your creation is actually five robots in one! -- build your bot in stages, and add the features you want. Vary the functions to create a robot that's uniquely yours. Mix and match features to make your own custom robot: Flexible Motorized Base -- a playpen for all kinds of programming experiments Obstacle Detector -- whiskers detect when your robot has bumped into things Object Avoider -- ultrasonic sound lets your robot see what's in front of it Infrared Remote Control -- command your robot from your easy chair Line Follower -- use optics to navigate your bot; have races with other robot builders! You will learn how switches, ultrasonics, infrared detectors, and optical sensors work. Install an Arduino microcontroller board and program your robot to avoid obstacles, provide feedback with lights and sound, and follow a tracking line. In this book you will combine multiple disciplines -- electronics, programming, and engineering -- to successfully build a multifunctional robot. You'll discover how to: construct a motorized base set up an Arduino to function as the brain use "whisker" switches to detect physical contact avoid obstacles with ultrasonic sensors teach your robot to judge distances use a universal remote to control your robot install and program a servo motor respond to input with LEDs, buzzers, and tones mount line-following sensors under your robot And more. Everything is explained with lots and lots of full-color line drawings. No prior experience is necessary. You'll have fun while you learn a ton!