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Practical and Experimental Robotics




ISBN 9781420059090
Published August 22, 2007 by CRC Press
464 Pages 514 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Taking a completely hands-on approach, using cheap and easily available robotics kits, Practical and Experimental Robotics provides a detailed exploration of the construction, theory, and experiments for different types of robots. With topics ranging from basic stamp microcontrollers to biped and propeller based robots, the text contains laboratory experiments, examples with solutions, and case studies.

The authors begin with a review of the essential elements of electronics and mechanics. They describe the basic mechanical construction and electrical control of the robot, then give at least one example of how to operate the robot using microcontrollers or software. The book includes a reference chapter on Basic Stamp Microcontollers with example code pieces and a chapter completely devoted to PC interfacing. Each chapter begins with the fundamentals, then moves on to advanced topics, thus building a foundation for learning from the ground up.

Building a bridge between technicians who have hands-on experience and engineers with a deeper insight into the workings, the book covers a range of machines, from arm, wheel, and leg robots to flying robots and robotic submarines and boats. Unlike most books in this field, this one offers a complete set of topics from electronics, mechanics, and computer interface and programming, making it an independent source for knowledge and understanding of robotics.

Table of Contents

FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRONICS AND MECHANICS
Fundamentals of Electronics
Practical Electronic Circuits
Fundamentals of Machines and Mechanisms
Mechanisms

BASIC STAMP MICROCONTROLLER
Different Versions of BASIC Stamp
Development Boards for BS2e
BASIC Stamp Editor
PBASIC Programming Fundamentals

PC INTERFACING
Parallel Port Interfacing
Serial Port Interfacing
USB Interfacing

ROBOTIC ARM
Construction and Mechanics
Electrical Control
Parallel Port Interface Circuit Using Relays
USB Interface Using Relays
Parallel Port Interface Circuit Using Transistors

ROBOTIC ARM CONTROL
Programmed Tasks
Automatic Control Using a Camera
Robotic Kinematics
Dynamics and Control
Some Experiments
Control of a Six-Degrees-of-Freedom Arm Robot
Examples and MATLAB Programs

DIFFERENTIAL DRIVE ROBOT
Construction and Mechanics
Robot Speed Control
Robot Kinematics

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ROBOT
Construction and Mechanics
Electrical Control

HEXAPOD ROBOT
Construction and Mechanics
Electrical Control

BIPED ROBOTS
Bigfoot: The Walker
The Lynxmotion Biped
The Robosapien Biped

PROPELLER BASED ROBOTS
Wings
Propellers
Robotic Planes
Robotic Helicopter
Robotic Boats
Robotic Submarines

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