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Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implementation, Second Edition Hardcover – Jul 15 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press (July 15 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568810113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568810119
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,379,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
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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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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Format: Paperback
-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
The only downside although minor was that this book
made possibly to much reference to the rug-warrior brawn and
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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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