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Mechatronics for the Evil Genius: 25 Build-it-Yourself Projects Paperback – Oct 6 2005
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DEVELOP THE MECHATRONIC SIDE OF YOUR GENIUS WITH 25 FUNTASTIC PROJECTS!
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!
MECHATRONICS FOR THE EVIL GENIUS:
- 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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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
Having said the above the content IS very suitable for the secondary student without getting bogged in the maths of electronics.
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.
Diane C. Donovan
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