LEGO Mindstorms Mechatronics : Using Systems and Controls to Build Sophisticed Robots

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9780071417457: LEGO Mindstorms Mechatronics : Using Systems and Controls to Build Sophisticed Robots

This title is the perfect tutorial for learning the mechanical, software, and electronic systems of LEGO Mindstorms and other hybrid robots. It focuses on "hot technology" topics: electronics, embedded systems, object-oriented technology, software development, and robotics. It includes projects for each concept, including a LEGO camera for the remote control vision chapter, an interface for a robotic warning system, and a tele-operated robot. The CD includes: complete computer programs for controlling the robots; circuit simulation models; and diagnostic tools.

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Are you ready to step up to cutting-edge robotics?
Don Wilcher makes it easy and fun to understand concepts and build projects that put the concepts to work. You get hands-on instructions for satisfying projects in mechatronics, embedded systems, object-oriented programming, and high-level electronics and robotics -- all using off-the-shelf LEGO products as starting points. LEGO(r) Mindstorms(tm) Mechatronics gives you:
* Projects that include a robotically operated LEGO camera, a robotic warning system, and numerous other mechatronics plans
* A complete set of needed programs, circuit diagrams, and diagnostic tools on the CD-ROM
* A great appendix packed with online and other embedded systems resources

INSIDE: LEADING EDGE ROBOTICS PROJECTS
* TELEROBOTICS -- Operate devices from afar with visual feedback
* SMART HAND CONTROLLERS -- Exchange tactile information with a machine
* HYBRID ROBOTS -- Combine LEGO with other kits for unique creations
* MECHATRONIC BOTS -- Make savvy machines with brains and movement
* WALKING BOTS -- Where do you want me to go today?
* AUDIO BOTS -- Are you talking to me?

About the Author:

Don Wilcher (Garden City, MI) is an Electrical Engineer and the author of the bestseller LEGO(r) Mindstorms(tm) Interfacing, also from McGraw-Hill. He has written articles for Nuts and Volts magazine and other trade publications. Don is an active advocate for engineering education reform and for pre-college engineering curriculum.

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