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Fighting Robots
Fighting Robots: A Guide to Radio Controlled Combatants






Build your own Combat Robot





BattleBots: The Official Guide




Build A Remote Controlled Robot





Sensors for Mobile Robots : Theory and Application

by H. R. Everett
Brief Review: Good Book on Sensors.
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Editorial Reviews

The author, Edwin Wise , October 5, 1999
A guided tour to building a small, mobile robot
This book guides you through the steps of creating a small, rolling robot.

It is a practical, project-oriented book and includes projects on the mechanical platform, DC motor control, R/C servo control, sensory input, and microcontrollers (among others).

It has projects to build robot "brains" using both simple discrete electronics, as well as simple and advanced Atmel AVR microcontroller systems. The MCU systems are programmed in both assembly language and


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Cambrian Intelligence : The Early History of the New Ai


by Rodney Allen Brooks

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Will we build intelligent robots from the brain down, or from the legs up? Rodney A. Brooks, the controversial director of MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is betting on the latter--and the smart money's following him. Cambrian Intelligence, composed of eight papers written between 1985 and 1991, explores the technical and philosophical aspects of behavior-based robotics, offering much for the interested mind to ponder. Does cognition mediate between perception and action, or is this an...

Book Description
Until the mid-1980s, AI researchers assumed that an intelligent system doing high-level reasoning was necessary for the coupling of perception and action. In this traditional model, cognition mediates between perception and plans of action. Realizing that this core AI, as it was known, was illusory, Rodney A. Brooks turned the field of AI on its head by introducing the behavior-based approach to robotics. The cornerstone of behavior-based robotics is the realization that the coupling of...

About the Author
Rodney A. Brooks is the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



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Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices

by Nicholas P. Chironis (Editor), Neil Sclater (Editor)



Editorial Reviews

Booknews, Inc. , July 1, 1991
A compendium of the drawings, descriptions, and data needed to design machines, automatic and semi-automatic production equipment, instruments, vehicles, and consumer products. Coverage is devoted to a wide range of areas, including parts-handling mechanisms; spring, bellow, screw, and ball devices; reciprocating and general purpose mechanisms; coupling, clutching, and braking devices; torque-limiting, tensioning, and governing devices; geared systems and variable-speed mechanisms; key equations..

Book Description
Your one-stop idea guide for time-saving, ready-to-use mechanical component designs! Whatever you design, engineer, or invent-from locomotives to tape recorders-if your application requires components that MOVE GRIP or LOCK... you need this book. An unmatched compilation of proven design ideas and solutions, Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook-describes and illlustrates over 1,700 tested mechanisms, linkages, cams, variable-speed drives, gears, clutches, brakes, belts, glexures, chucks,...

Synopsis
This heavily illustrated reference has been revised and expanded to offer machine designers and engineers practical guidance on the operation of a wide range of mechanisms and devices. Over 1,200 drawings are included from a broad selection of mechanical components and assemblies found in home appliances, office machines, vehicles, aircraft, ships, construction and factory equipment and machine tools Pub: 9/96.

From the Back Cover
This sourcebook contains more than 2300 drawings in descriptive articles and extensive pictorial directories. This ready reference explains how clutches, devices, drives, linkages, and other mechanical assemblies work in machine tools; production and process plants; aircraft, automotive, and construction equipment; instruments; and consumer goods. It also includes data, tables, and formulas for the design of various mechanisms. The topics covered include: reciprocating and general-purpose...

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Electronic Pocket Handbook
by Daniel L. Metzger, Bernard Goodwin (Editor)


The publisher, Prentice-Hall ECS Professional
A compact ready-reference guide that includes basic electrical/electronic/instrumentation formulas, data, circuits. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robots, Androids and Animatrons : 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build

by John Iovine
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Starting with the novice level and progressing to medium-level complexity; author John Iovine leads readers through the construction of 12 state-of-the-art robotics projects, which provides the foundations and experience for building advanced robotic projects. After outlining how to modify base platforms for locomotion, the author provides detailed information on various types of robotic sensors, including tilt, bump, and road and wall detectors. He illustrates how to implement two different types of robotic intelligence-expert and neural. The remainder of the book focuses on specific, hands-on projects, including a functional, life-like android hand created with a soft rubber material and nitinol wire; a robotic "insect" controlled with a single-board computer programmed in BASIC; and a land rover robot with telepresence systems.

Synopsis
An arm, an insect, or a human-like figure that walks, talks, and obeys commands are just a few of the projects that can be built by following the simple instructions in this state-of-the-art guide. John Iovine, a specialist in "fantastic electronics" shows how to create working robots and androids by combining off-the-shelf products and workshop constructed materials and devices.

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Ever dream of building your own robot to do your bidding? Following the plans and instructions in this unique guide, you can construct a state-of-the-art working robot that will obey your orders, act as your surrogate, and even do some chores! Robots, Androids, and Animatron demonstrates step-by-step how to put the latest robotics technology-locomotion, sensing, and control-into a high-tech robot, animatron, or android that you can put together in your own workshop! With this book, you can-Make a lifelike robotic hand that performs repetitive tasts; Build a computerized robot that uses both an expert systems and neural network-for some very unexpected behavior; Create a telepresence robot that you can "get inside of," with actual arcade and virtual reality applications; Build a robot with arcade applications; Create a robotic insect with a "brain"; Build a computer-controlled robotic arm; Learn about sensing systems-tilt, bump, road, and wall-light, speech recognition and sound-even odors and gases; Be the first on your block to own and operate your very own android! Plus, you get an inside look at today's on-the-job robots... lists of robotics organizations... and an extensive guide to parts suppliers for the off-the-shelf items that you don't build at home.

The publisher, TAB Electronics , March 5, 1998

Ever dream of building your own robot to do your bidding? Following the plans and instructions in this unique guide, you can construct a state-of-the-art working robot that will obey your orders, act as your surrogate, and even do some chores! Robots, Androids, and Animatron demonstrates step-by-step how to put the latest robotics technology--locomotion, sensing, and control--into a high-tech robot, animatron, or android that you can put together in your own workshop! With this book, you can--Make a lifelike robotic hand that performs repetitive tasts; Build a computerized robot that uses both an expert systems and neural network--for some very unexpected behavior; Create a telepresence robot that you can ``get inside of,'' with actual arcade and virtual reality applications; Build a robot with arcade applications; Create a robotic insect with a ``brain''; Build a computer-controlled robotic arm; Learn about sensing systems--tilt, bump, road, and wall--light, speech recognition and sound--even odors and gases; Be the first on your block to own and operate your very own android! Plus, you get an inside look at today's on-the-job robots. . .lists of robotics organizations. . .and an extensive guide to parts suppliers for the off-the-shelf items that you don't build at home. ** Contents ** Introduction. An Overview of State-of-the-Art Robots. Robotic Locomotion. Motors and Power Controllers. All Types of Sensors, Tilt, Bump, Road and Wall Detection, Light, Speech and Sound Recognition (and Even Odor Detectors Like Smoke and Carbon Monoxide). Robotic Intelligence (Neural-Type) Using Simple Neural Networks (Insect Intelligence). Now We're Going to Make a Lifelike Android Hand. A Computer-Controlled Robotic Insect Programmed in BASIC. Telepresence Robots (How to Really ``Get Inside'' Your Robot) with Actual Arcade and Virtual Reality Applications. A Computer-Controlled Robotic Arm. Animated Robots and Androids(Talking and Moving ``People''). Real-World Robotic Applications.


Brief REVIEW: Good book for general ideas and hints, but you should have a technical background. Not a "Step by Step, How to" book.

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Mechanical Devices for the Electronics Experimenter
by Britt Rorabaugh
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At last! The nuts and bolts of building robotics... MECHANICAL DEVICES FOR THE ELECTRONICS EXPERIMENTER Here's the book electronics experimenters have been waiting for... a how-to book for designing and fabricating the mechnical devices for motion and positioning in robotic applications-as well as others. Filled with easy-to-understand illustrations, this unique guide describes in detail how to: design robot propulsion systems; fabricate components for pneumatic systems; design simple hydraulic systems and motor controller circuits; design and fabricate solenoids, gear trains and cams; adapt parts and components for use in electronics experiments. Harness the use of electromechanical forces with plenty of practical advice and applicable theoretical information. Explore the possiblities of ingenious invention...

Synopsis
The electronics aspect of a project is often secondary to the mechanical content. Unfortunately few books address this critical area. Here, you will learn how to design, build, adapt, and use many types of mechanical devices, with an emphasis on electromechanical equipment that can be used for motion and positioning in robotics. Generously illustrated, this book provides nuts-and-bolts instructions


Brief REVIEW: Not a great book unless your super technical. Definately NOT a "How to" book. Click Here to get more information or to buy this book now!


The Robot Builder's Bonanza : 99 Inexpensive Robotics Projects
by Gordon McComb
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A collection of tested and proven projects that can be mixed and matched to create a wide range of highly intelligent and workable robot creatures.

Brief Review: Good book for beginners that have old computers laying around.

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Mobile Robots : Inspiration to Implementation
by Joseph L. Jones, Anita M. Flynn, Bruce A. Seiger
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Reviews
Booknews, Inc. , October 1, 1993
Presents the step-by-step process of constructing two different, inexpensive, and fully functional robots with a varying range of abilities. Along the way, concepts are introduced to allow the reader to later create her or his own robot design. All aspects of design are discussed, including computational hardware, designing and prototyping, sensors, mechanics, motors, power, robot programming, and unsolved problems. Appendices list suppliers, trade magazines, data books, and schematics. Many illustrations and photographs, two pages in color. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Booknews, Inc.
A step-by-step guide through the process of constructing two different and inexpensive yet fully functional mobile robots. The new edition adds three chapters<-->projects for the Rug Warrior robot, examples of commercial robots, and advice on robot design<-->and an appendix with information on robot contests.


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Good book for beginners. "Step by Step" oriented. However it is mainly focused on building a specific robot, but you can use that to help you understand other easier to build robots such as the TJ Pro. Click Here to get more information or to buy this book now!




68Hc11 Microcontroller
by Joseph D. Greenfield
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Brief Review: Textbook designed for a intro 68HC11 class.
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Microcontroller Technology: The 68HC11 - by Peter Spasov

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The Standard C Library - by P.J. Plauger

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The Practice of Programming - by Kernighan and Pike

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Programming Microcontrollers in C

- by Ted Van Sickle

Author shows you how to fully utilize the C language to exploit the power of today's advanced microcontrollers through extensive programming examples drawn from typical applications. Paper.
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The C Programming Language ANSI C Version - by Kernighan and Ritchie

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The Practice of Programming - by Kernighan and Pike
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Microcontroller Projects With Basic Stamps
by Al Williams

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Book Description

Includes an MS Windows:

Basic Stamp program emulator

Tool to program PIC chips

Just getting started with microcontrollers? The Basic Stamp has taken the dedicated microcontroller out of the province of experts. It is a special microcontroller that requires very little (if any) supporting hardware. This book teaches what you need to know about solving problems with microprocessors in general, and the Basic Stamp in particular. You get clear explanations of the principles you need to design...

The author, Al Williams, alw@al-williams.com , September 22, 1999
About the Stamp to PIC Tools on the CD
Just to clarify the above blurb, the PIC tool included on the CD is our APP-I PIC programmer that uses a Basic Stamp to program 16C84/16F84 parts.

Chapter 10 is an introduction to PIC assembly including tips for converting your code manually and then using the APP-I tool to burn the PIC. We also cover using PicBasic Pro to convert PBasic to PIC Assembly, but we do not include a copy of PicBasic on the CD (that is another company's product).

Of course, the bulk of the book is about the Stamp:

...

About the Author
Al Williams is a consultant, teacher, and author. As a veteran hardware and software designer, Al has written several popular books on all aspects of computers. His columns appear regularly in Visual Developer and Web Techniques magazines. An amateur radio operator since 1977, Al is expert at providing a bridge between the hardware and software worlds. His company, AWC, provides microcontroller consulting and development tools for Basic Stamps and other microcontrollers.


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The books below are Fiction!! So if you have time, relax and enjoy the robot fantasy world!























Robot : Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
by Hans P. Moravec
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This is science fiction without the fiction--and more mind-bending than anything you ever saw on Star Trek. Moravec, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, envisions a not-too-distant future in which robots of superhuman intelligence have picked up the evolutionary baton from their human creators and headed out into space to colonize the universe.

This isn't anything that a million sci-fi paperbacks haven't already envisioned. The difference lies in Moravec's practical-minded mapping of the technological, economic, and social steps that could lead to that vision. Starting with the modest accomplishments of contemporary robotics research, he projects a likely course for the next 40 years of robot development, predicting the rise of superintelligent, creative, emotionally complex cyberbeings and the end of human labor by the middle of the next century.

After Moravec makes this point, his projections start to get really wild: robot corporations will take up residence in outer space with rogue cyborgs; planet-size robots will cruise the solar system looking for smaller bots to assimilate; and eventually every atom in the entire galaxy will be transformed into data-storage space, with a full-scale simulation of human civilization running as a subroutine somewhere.

His last chapter, which mingles the latest in avant-garde physics with hints of Borges's most intoxicating metaphysical conceits, is a breathtaking piece of hallucinatory eschatology. Moravec concludes by reminding us that even the wildest long-range predictions about the technological future never turn out to be as unhinged as they should have been. --Julian Dibbell

The New York Times Book Review, Collin McGinn
Moravec's book is ... intellectually adventurous and free with confident futuristic speculations.

From Scientific American
Moravec, founder of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, foresees big things for robots. "Barring cataclysms, I consider the development of intelligent machines a near-term inevitability." First- generation universal robots, with lizard-scale intelligence, will be at hand by 2010, he says. No more than 30 years later, fourth-generation robots will have human-scale processing power. "The fourth robot generation ... will have human perceptual and motor abilities and superior reasoning powers. They could replace us in every essential task and, in principle, operate our society increasingly well without us." Indeed, they should be able to carry human capabilities into the rest of the universe. And what will people do when the robots take over? They will all be able to lead the kind of life now enjoyed only by the idle rich.

Wired, Charles Platt
Robot is a dramatic, awe-inspiring prophecy of the human future ... in concise, simple, yet elegant prose.


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I, Robot
by Isaac Asimov
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In this collection, one of the great classics of science fiction, Asimov set out the principles of robot behavior that we know as the Three Laws of Robotics. Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction.

Synopsis
In more than 25 years, no one has been able to bring Isaac Asimov's classic story cycle, I, Robot, to the big screen because of elaborate, complicated special effects. Now, the screenplay is presented in a large-book format. The tale of memorable robots with positronic brains is brought to life by vibrant, full-color illustrations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The complete screenplay adaptation of Asimov's I, Robot represents the first successful attempt to convert the popular classic while discussing why the film script never made it onto the screen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Robot Visions
by Isaac Asimov, Asaac Asimov, Ralph McQuarrie (Illustrator)
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Launching Roc Books' new science fiction/fantasy line is this collection from the undisputed grandmaster"

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