Robot Building For Dummies

Paperback / softback by Roger Arrick, Nancy Stevenson

Always wanted to build a robot but didn’t know where to start? This user-friendly guide shows what robots can do, how they work, and more 

Ready to enter the world of robotics? Then this book is for you! If you don’t know much about electronics, high-tech tools, or computer programming, that’s okay. If you can work with some basic tools (such as pliers, a screwdriver, and a cutting knife), have a computer and know your way around it, and want to make a robot, you’re in the right place. Robot Building For Dummies walks you through building your very own little metal assistant from a kit, dressing it up, giving it a brain, programming it to do things, and even making it talk.  

In this hands-on guide that’s illustrated with step-by-step instructions and written in plain English, you get an overview of robotics and the tools, technology, and skills you need to become a robot builder. You’ll discover  

  • The various approaches to robot building, such as building from scratch or starting with a kit 

  • The mechanical parts of a robot and how they fit together 

  • The components of an efficient workspace and how to set one up 

  • Programming basics you need to enter and download commands into your robot 

  • How to add a controller, which lets you download software programs to your robot 

  • Using an editor program to connect to your robot 

  • The importance of preparing the parts of a robot kit and then assembling the chassis, wheels, and sensor whiskers 

  • The fun of making your robot functional by adding motion detection, light sensors, and more 

  • How to troubleshoot common problems and fix them to save your robot’s life 

Along the way, you'll gather tidbits about robot history, enthusiasts' groups, a list of parts suppliers, and all-important safety tips. As an added bonus, Robot Building For Dummies comes with rebates for your robot building kit – no more waiting, grab your copy and start building your robot today. 

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Format: Paperback / softback, 384 pages Language: English
Dimension: 187 x 20 x 234mm ISBN10: 0764540696
Weight: 562g ISBN13: 9780764540691
Publication Date: 26 Sep 2003 Publisher: Wiley


Roger Arrick is president and founder of Arrick Robotics, a maker of PC-based motion control systems for a variety of scientific applications. Robot building is his hobby and his passion.


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