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07-11-2008, 02:48 PM
Hello to all.

Now that I have built a kit sumo I want to move on to a home made sumo. I want to build the electronics myself so I need a book that can help me with it. That's when I stumbled upon Intermediate robot building. Did anyone of you read this book.

I saw that the chapters delt with motor controllers, a microcontoller, mechanics and sensors.

Waht did you guys think of it? Does it explain well? Should I buy it or another book?

Thank you,


07-11-2008, 03:30 PM
I'm not familiar with that book, but you might also want to check out "The Robot Builder's Bonanza". I just received it a couple days ago as a gift. I didn't expect I'd find anything of too much interest in it, but I'm going to end-up reading it cover to cover. It's chock full of useful tidbits.

07-11-2008, 04:54 PM
The robot builder's bonanza is actually the second book i bought on robotics (first one was "odour detection for mobile robots" i kid you not)
I highly recommend it, lots of info both for the beginner, intermediate, and even the advanced roboticist will have moments going "ah, that's a good approach to that issue!"

But as usual, i don't really have an answer to your question and am once again posting a completely useless piece of text

07-13-2008, 01:00 PM
Thanks for the information!

I was just wondering waht you guys thought of that book because there isn't one copy at any bookstore in my 5+ million city... I wanted to go check out the book see if I wanted to buy it. I guess I'm going to have to buy it off the net and hope it's going to talk about waht I want it to.

See ya! :veryhappy:

07-13-2008, 01:08 PM
Yeah, not even a TOC on Amazon... 10 x 5* reviews, 1 x 4* reviews for 100% - people seem to like it!

A reviewer on Amazon posted a TOC:

Table of Contents:
Ch 1: Assembling a Modular Robot
*Building Modules
*Getting comfortable with machining
*Putting it all together
*Applying parts and techniques to other robots
Ch 2: Comparing Two Types of Homemade Motor Couples and Common Errors to Avoid
*Comparing two homeade coupler technologies
*Identifying desired results in coupler drill holes along with common errors + effects
*Getting ready to make a solid-rod coupler
Ch 3: Making a Fixture and Drilling Solid Rods for a Coupler
*Gathering Tools and Parts
*Preparing lengths of solid rod for the couplers
*Making a coupler fixture
*Getting the money shot
*Drilling the motor-shaft and Lego axle coupler holes
*Examining the coupler so far
Ch 4: Finishing the Solid-Rod Motor Coupler
*Installing the coupler setscrew
*Adding the Lego Axle
Ch 5: Building a Motor Inside a Wheel
*Encountering danger: bent shafts ahead
*Making a hub-adapter coupler
Ch 6: Understanding the Standards and Setup for Electronic Experiments
*Reading schematics
*Using solderless breadboards
*Understanding oscilloscope traces
*Riding the bandwagon of modern electronics
Ch 7: Creating a Linear Voltage-Regulated Power Supply
*Understanding Voltage Regulators
*Understanding Linear Voltage-Regulated Power Supplies
*Heading into Optimizations
Ch 8: Making Robot Power Supply Improvements
*Bulking up the input and output capacitors
*Adding voodoo capacitors
*Sprinkling with bypass/decoupling capacitors
*Preventing damage from short circuits or overcurrent
*Preventing damage from overvoltage in a regulated circuit
*Putting it all together for a robust robot power supply
Ch 9: Driving Miss Motor
*Why a motor driver
*Demonstrating the four modes of a motor
*Driving simply with a single transistor
*Putting the NPN and PNP motor drivers together
*The classic bipolar H-Bridge
*Interfacing with the high side
*Mastering motor control
Ch 10: Driving Mister Motor
*Driving motors with MOSFETs
*Driving motors with Chips
*Evaluating motor drivers
Ch 11: Creating an Infrared Modulated Obstacle, Opponent, and Wall Detector
*Detecting Modulated infrared with a popular module, or, another reason to hog the remote control
*Expanding the detection circuit to include an LED indicator
*Completing the reflector detector circuit
Ch 12: Fine-Tuning the Reflector Detector
*Tuning in 38 kHz
*Limitations of the reflector detector
*Getting ready for a practical robot application
Ch 13: Roundabout Robot!
*Examining Roundabout
*Roundabout's Circuitry
*Building Roundabout's Body
*Summarizing Roundabout
Ch 14: Test Driving Roundabout
*Preparing for the test drive
*Preparing the robot and correcting minor glitches
*Evaluating Roundabout's performance
*Getting Stuck
Ch 15: If I only Had a Brain
*Considering the Motorola KX8 Microcontroller as an example
*Comparing a microcontroller to a logic chip
*Programming a microcontroller
*Exploring common microcontroller features
*Choosing a microcontroller
*Graduating your robot
Ch 16: Building Roundabout's Daughterboard
*Converting to a two-story configuration
*Intercepting signals: meeting the new boss
*Expanding functionality
*Upgrading a robot
Ch 17: Adding the Floor Sensor Module
*Sensing brightness with photoresistors
*Sensing brightness with a photodiode IC
*Following a line
*Competing in Robot Sumo!!!
*Expanding Possibilities
Ch 18: Cooking Up Some Robot Stew
*Making Music
*Scaling Up
*Mounting Motors
*Roaming the Solar Terrain
*Standing in a Robot's Shoes for awhile

07-13-2008, 01:36 PM
I must have this book. Yesterday...

Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics by Gregory Dudek