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April 22, 2003


Electronic book text, 250 pages


0071429212 / 9780071429214

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Main description

* Step-by-step plans on building 4 different creatures--snake, frog, turtle, and alligator with walking and swimming ability

* Tells you all you need for mechanical construction, programming, locomotion, remote control, and customization

* Teaches mechanical construction, electronics, PIC programming, artificial intelligence, and software control

* All are inexpensive to build with easy-to-find parts

Author comments

Karl Williams is an independent robotics researcher, electronics experimenter, and software developer. He is with Mitra Imaging, a leading medical imaging software company acquired by AGFA HealthCare Informatics. He is the author of Insectronics: Build Your Own Walking Robot and has written for Nuts and Volts magazine. A resident of Ontario, Canada, Karl has hosted a robotics and electronics website for four years, and received an IBM regional computer technology award for building a computer-controlled robotic arm.

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If you’re a robotics hobbyist with a flair for creativity, here’s your opportunity to join the revolution and advance robotic evolution. Amphibionics: Build Your Own Biologically Inspired Reptilian Robot leads you step-by-step through four amazing projects which, when completed, will leave you as master of a gang of robot reptiles that jump, slither, walk, swim, and respond to their environment!

Packed with insight and a wealth of informative illustrations, Amphibionics show you how to build your own snake, frog, crocodile, and turtle. It focuses on the construction of each robot in detail, and then explores the world of slithering, jumping, swimming, and walking robots — along with the artificial intelligence needed to make these movements happen. The book also:

* Tells you all you need for mechanical construction, programming, locomotion, remote control, and customization
* Teaches you corresponding electronics, PIC programming, artificial intelligence, software, motor control, and wireless data linking.
* Instructs you to build your own customizable remote control using inexpensive transmitter and receiver modules
* Helps you add your own touches, through a special section that shows you how to evolve each robot further and make it unique
* And much, much, more!

With each project amazingly inexpensive to complete, you’re bound to wind up with your own brood of reptilian robots in no time!

* How amphibians achieve locomotion
* Stages of construction
* Theory and construction of various sensors
* A study of the PIC microcontroller
* Programming
* Artificial intelligence experiments
* Adding an infrared proximity sensor
* Interfacing RF transmitter and receiver modules for remote control and data linking
* DC motor control made easy
* Analog to digital converters and applications
* Taking it further

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