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Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implementation, Second Edition [Hardcover]

Joseph L. Jones , Bruce A. Seiger , Anita M. Flynn
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July 15 1997
Revised and updated, the second edition includes several new chapters with projects and applications. The authors keep pace with the ever-growing and rapidly expanding field of robotics. The new edition reflects technological developments and includes programs and activities for robot enthusiasts. Using photographs, illustrations, and informative text, Mobile Robots guides the reader through the step-by-step process of constructing two different and inexpensive yet fully functional robots.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The basics of robot hardware and software Sept. 20 2003
By Charles Ashbacher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
During the fall semester of 2003, I have the pleasure of directing an independent study research project in robotics. One of the robots purchased in order to carry out the research was the Rug Warrior sold by A.K. Peters. While I understood the principles of AI and programming very well, I was weak in the areas of the mechanics of the parts of the robots. Fortunately, both students were solid in that area and I had this book to fill in my gaps.
It is a general introduction to all of the basics of robotics, (with an emphasis on the Rug Warrior), from the fundamentals of hardware and how it works, to the foundations of programming. I found it invaluable in learning how the pieces of the Rug Warrior work, how they are put together and how they interact. There are also several example programs that can be entered to demonstrate the actions of all of the programmable parts.
With this book to get us started, we are having a great deal of fun in programming the Rug Warrior and the other faculty members are starting to wonder what purpose soccer cones could possibly be serving in the halls of the fifth floor of Warde Hall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for the Serious Hobbyist July 5 2001
Format:Hardcover
For those seriously interested in hobby robotics, Mobile Robots is required reading. Its authors follow in the tradition established by the collaboration between MIT and LEGO that began to bring the fruits of robotics research out of the labs and into the hands of the general public. Unlike LEGO Mindstorms, however, Mobile Robots is not aimed at those just starting out in science. This well written book reads something like the Voice of the MIT Media Lab, and the principal robot that it describes, the Rug Warrior, is not a beginning project. However, just about anyone with a basic background in electronics, computer programming and mechanical engineering will benefit from reading, working with and referring to it. The first part of the book does a very good job of describing a tutorial robot in detail. The second part starts with a discussion of the Rug Warrior's microcontroller and related topics. Once past this technical discussion, the book moves on to address a variety of general topics in mobile robotics. The tutorial robot first described is relatively inexpensive and easy to construct, while the Rug Warrior is neither. Most anyone wishing to build Rug Warrior will have to purchase it as a kit, as it employs parts that are difficult to obtain on one's own, and the book itself does not provide adequate information to construct it. However, Mobile Robots contains plenty of good general information that can be applied toward your own designs and projects, whether or not you decide to build a Rug Warrior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for your Bookshelf Aug. 5 2000
Format:Hardcover
-I read this book cover to cover and the first time I picked it
up...and thumbed through it I was not won over by it. Months later I
decided what the heck and got it off Amazon. I have a good deal of
computer experience but at the time had no robotics experience. This
book incredibly broadened my thinking. It basically covers everything
from brains to brawns, citing examples quite often. I did not read
the 1'st edition of this book, but I emplore you to read this. If you
do not trust my opinion go down to a book store and read at least for
10 mins through the chapters. I think you will find that if you are a
novice roboticist that this book will get you quickly off in the
right direction to building your own bots. I also encourage you to
build their "Tute-Bot" a tutorial hardware bot that can be
put together for just a couple bucks. It will teach you an invaluable
lesson on why robots greatly rely on microprocessors. I sat
captivated by this book for upwards of 4-8 hour reading spells and I
did not lose interest which says alot considering their is much that
is still highly technical in this book and could, if not written well
become boring or too specific for a begginers/intermediate robotics
book. Prepare to see implementations/explanations on all sorts of
sensors (sonar, pyroelectric, photoelectric, Infrared, etc. etc.) the
"how-to's" on experimental circuit board design, creating
mobile bases/chasis, and a slew of other helpful design
suggestions.
The only downside although minor was that this book
made possibly to much reference to the rug-warrior brawn and
brains....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly vague!!! July 2 2004
By M.B.
Format:Hardcover
This book is definitely a classic (in all senses of the word). What hobbyist still uses the Motorolla chips? There is little or no pseudocode (especially when an example would help). Even more troubling is that level of discussion is sometimes exceedingly simple (a transistor is. . . ) and sometimes way over the top (some of the subsumption and behavior based algorithms could have used a lot more discussion room).
I found this book far too general to be useful. However, I will admit that it offers enough background to get you familiar with the words. This book needs a little more modernization (newer parts/processors/languages) to make it useful today.
Worth reading (you can skip entire chapters of basic stuff at a time), especially if you know somebody who will loan you their copy. My recommendation though: buy it used and save the money, as it is not worth full price.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The first edition is much better
The *first* edition is an excellent text ; a bible, right up there with Horowitz & Hill's "Art of Electronics". Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Please ...
... don't buy this book. Read below, the true author is being injured and stolen with this false second edition. I don't have any relation with the author (Dr. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by Leandro Musso
1.0 out of 5 stars Author's Comments
I am Dr. Anita Flynn, an author of Mobile Robots. There has been a long-running dispute between the publisher and me that anyone considering the book should know about. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Anita Flynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Dubious informaiton -- try 1st. edition
When researching books on robotics, I found a hearty recommendation for this book but also noted some controversy about the accuracy and authorship of the second edition. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Joseph Zapert
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for Hobby Roboticists
If you're thinking about building robots for fun and pleasure (the autonomous kind, not the battling kind) then this is the first book you should buy. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by C. McManis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner's Book
This was my first robotics book and it gives a very clear, thorough, and easy to understand overview of mobile robotics. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner's Book
This was my first robotics book and it gives a very clear, thorough, and easy to understand overview of mobile robotics. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2001 by Michael E. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars All Robotics Aspects in just one book
This is probably one of the best books about Robotics that I ever read...This book's a must have on your bookshelf...Trust me you won't regret buying this one...
Published on Sept. 3 2001 by Marco Chacin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a great book to pick up and get excited all over again about robotics.
If you want a great introduction to robotics, get this book and look at MazeBots...
Published on May 25 2000 by Alan G. Smith
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