PIC Robotics: A Beginner's Guide to Robotics Projects Using the PIC Micro

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December 21, 2001


Electronic book text, 274 pages

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Main description

Here's everything the robotics hobbyist needs to harness the power of the PICMicro MCU!

In this heavily-illustrated resource, author John Iovine provides plans and complete parts lists for 11 easy-to-build robots each with a PICMicro "brain." The expertly written coverage of the PIC Basic Computer makes programming a snap -- and lots of fun.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Robot Intelligence Chapter 2. Installing the Compiler Chapter 3. Installing THE EPIC Software Chapter 4. CodeDesigner Chapter 5. Using DOS to Code, Compile, and Program Chapter 6. Testing the PIC Microcontroller Chapter 7. Intelligence Chapter 8. Walter's Turtle Chapter 9. Braitenberg Vehicles Chapter 10. Hexapod Walker Chapter 11. Speech Recognition Chapter 12. Robotic Arm Chapter 13. Bi-Pedal Walker Robot Chapter 14. Robotic Vision System Suppliers Index

Author comments

John Iovine is the author of several popular TAB titles that explore the frontiers of scientific research. He has written Homemade Holograms: The Complete Guide to Inexpensive, Do-It-Yourself Holography; Robots, Androids, and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build, considered a cult classic; Kirlian Photography: A Hands-On Guide; Fantastic Electronics: Build Your Own Negative-Ion Generator and Other Projects; and A Step Into Virtual Reality. Mr. Iovine has also written extensively for Popular Electronics, Nuts & Volts, Electronics Now, and other periodicals.

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Complete, do-it-yourself robotics projects!


* Artificial vision system that uses a CCD camera to track and follow brightly colored objects
* Bi-pedal robots that walk upright
* Functional robotic arm
* Easily programmed behavior-based robots
* Complete parts lists for all projects
* Step-by-step directions for several complete projects -- inspiration for hundreds more


Dramatic improvements in technologies and significant cost reductions in 8-bit microprocessors have spawned a renaissance in robot building. PIC Robotics, from popular electronics author John Iovine, shows amateur (and professional) electronics enthusiasts how to get in on the fun, using the power of Microchip's versatile 8-bit PIC microprocessor family to build sophisticated robots more cheaply and easily than you thought possible.

With PIC Robotics, you can build robots that:
* Use a CCD camera to capture and follow a visual target
* Walk on two legs (bi-pedal walker)
* Walk on six legs (hexapodal walker)
* Obey verbal commands (speech recognition)
* Look for and track bright light sources
* And do it inexpensively!

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