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If you're fascinated by electronics and mechanics, this hands-on tour of the junction where they meet will bring you hours of fun and learning. Noted electronics author Newton Braga's Mechatronics for the Evil Genius guides you step by step through 25 complete, intriguing, yet inexpensive projects developed especially for this book.

You will build your own mechanical race car, combat robot, ionic motor, mechatronic head, light beam remote control, and 20 other entertaining learning projects that take you to the heart of mechatronics.

More than just hours of entertainment, these stimulating projects provide a solid grounding in mechatronics, the discipline at the core of robotics where electronics, mechanics, and other sciences merge. Each experiment builds on those before it so you develop a hands-on, practical understanding of mechatronics. You don't need to know electronics or mechanics to get started. But by the end, you'll be showing off your own exciting projects!


  • Introduces you to mechatronics step-by-step -- you don't need to be a electromechanical whiz to get started, but you will be when you're finished
  • Teaches all the skills you need for the projects, including how to solder, recognize components, and read schematics
  • Provides complete lists of tools and parts -- all of them inexpensive and easily obtained
  • Vividly explains the mechanics, electronics, and science underlying each project
  • Gives you fully illustrated,step-by-step directions that build your skills, one small increment at a time
  • Provides directions for 25 tantalizing projects, including a robotic arm, an electronic cannon, a coin tosser, an analog computer, and many more
  • Helps you develop skills you can bring to other hobby projects, such as more sophisticated robots
  • Encourages you to improvise with secondary components to devise your own unique creations
  • Suggests related activities for customization and going steps beyond

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Newton Braga is one of the most famous electronics authors in the world. An educator and writer in computer science and related technologies, he has written over 90 books and contributed more than 2000 articles to magazines in Brazil, Spain, the Untied States, Portugal, Japan, Argentina, and other countries. He name is internationally synonymous with electronics, and McGraw-Hill is proud to add his name to the popular Evil Genius series.

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Good project book for someone already familiar with mechatronics Jan. 15 2006
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book provides great practice via projects for students/practitioners of mechatronics that are already pretty familiar with electronics and feel comfortable with constructing elementary mechanical devices. There is some theory provided for each project, and it would be enough for someone to construct each device but not necessarily understand the science behind each device if you do not have a sufficient background in mechatronics already. My personal favorite was the analog computer, primarily because in this day and age, I find many young engineers that don't even know what an analog computer is! I especially recommend this book to teachers who want to motivate their students to study engineering by showing them what interesting devices can be built. I notice Amazon shows nothing about the table of contents, so I show that here:
Section One: Preparing the Reader
Section Two: The Technology Used in the Projects
Section Three: The Projects
Project 1 -- Mechatronic Race Car
Project 2 -- RoboCom: A Combat Robot
Project 3 -- Using a PWM Motor Control
Project 4 -- Ionic Motor
Project 5 -- Experimental Galvanometer
Project 6 -- Experimenting with Electromagnets
Project 7 -- Electronic Potentiometer
Project 8 -- Experiments with Eolic Generators
Project 9 -- Electronic Cannon
Project 10 -- Experiments with Lissajous Figures Generated by a Laser
Project 11 -- Analog Computer
Project 12 -- Touch-Controlled Motor
Project 13 -- Mechatronic Elevator
Project 14 -- Stepper Motor Control
Project 15 -- Magic Motion Machine
Project 16 -- Test Your Nerves
Project 17 -- Robot with Sensors
Project 18 -- SMA Experimental Robotic Arm
Project 19 -- Position Sensor
Project 20 -- Light-Beam Remote Control
Project 21 -- Mechatronic Airboat
Project 22 -- Coin Tosser
Project 23 -- The Challenge of the Mechatronic Timer
Project 24 -- Experimental PLC
Project 25 -- The Mechatronic Talking Head
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Simple Electronic & Basic Mechanic Projects for Schools Sept. 2 2007
By Hilton Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is pitched at the Grade 10 to 12 student in a secondary school. Unfortunately,this is not clear from the title. The focus is on the electronics side. It does not go into robotics and what "mechanical" components shown are very basic.
Having said the above the content IS very suitable for the secondary student without getting bogged in the maths of electronics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
True Genius Stuff... A lot of different Concepts in 1 book Aug. 2 2010
By Oren Mitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Definitely has a Genius touch to it. But must of the projects are easy to comprehend.

The author hands out the right amount of information how to build the different projects, letting you figure out the rest.
That`s important for your learning curve so you won't only mimic what you read.
These projects need some gentle touch to them, and a lot of patients, so make sure you fit them to the right age group.
I love these kind of project - Mixing mechanics and electronics.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
From generators and cannons to coin tossers Jan. 6 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If it's electronics and mechanics which intrigue you, combined with a bit of robotics and do-it-yourself projects, MECHATRONICS FOR THE EVIL GENIUS: 25 BUILD-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS is for you. Here are step-by-step instructions, schematics, materials and parts lists, and clear diagramed outlines of how to build, mechanical parts, testing, and exploring project potentials. From generators and cannons to coin tossers, mechanics will be delighted with the intriguing array of mechanical and electronic devices - and with clear explanations of the science behind them.

Diane C. Donovan

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Mechatronics For The Evil Genius Nov. 21 2011
By C. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally! An electronics/robotics book that is truly accessible (both academically and financially)to readers who are just starting out in either of these fascinating fields. The projects in the book make use of materials that are widely available, and in most cases can easily be scavenged from old VCR's and other electronic scrap materials. The background material for each project is both clear and concise. This is quite easily one of the best entries in the series.