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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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Nov. 15 1998 1568810970 978-1568810973 2
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly vague!!! July 2 2004
By M.B.
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 Feb. 10 2004
By A Customer
The *first* edition is an excellent text ; a bible, right up there with Horowitz & Hill's "Art of Electronics". This edition is an apparently unauthorized, butchered, ripoff of the first. The added material due to the new author (Sieger)is certainly not of the same quality. Buy the first edition (new or used), and know you're getting an indispensible book to the credit of the real, *original* authors, Joe Jones, and Anita Flynn.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please ... Jan. 29 2004
... 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. Anita Flynn), in fact I'm an Argentinian reader who is very far from the EEUU. Read the site [...] to learn more about the story behind.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Author's Comments Jan. 13 2004
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. See the web site at [...] for more information.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dubious informaiton -- try 1st. edition Dec 12 2003
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. It was even the subject of a court trial. The first edition lists one fewer author and is recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The basics of robot hardware and software Sept. 21 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for Hobby Roboticists April 25 2003
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. It covers all of the basics and gives completely worked examples.
Once you've mastered this book you will be well on your way to building robots that will amaze your friends, enchant kids of all ages, and reward you with hours of entertainment. There is no greater ice breaker at a party today than, "The first robot I built had some really interesting attributes..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner's Book Nov. 9 2001
By A Customer
This was my first robotics book and it gives a very clear, thorough, and easy to understand overview of mobile robotics. It provides a great starting point for future experimentation in mobile robotics.
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