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Arduino robotics by JD Warren review
Posted Date: 17-Jun-2012
Arduino robotics by JD Warren, josh adams, harald molle is a how to do step by step guide in building robots. This review give insight to one of the best hobby robotics book by technology in action. This article is a must read for all robotics enthusiasts and buyers of the Arduino robotics.
Who would hesitate to say that behind every successful creation there is always a book! It is because that there is no bigger asset than having knowledge and experience with you in your work. For all the robotics enthusiasts and starters; John David Warren, Josh Adams, Harald Molle's
is one of the best option in the market to start with. This 630 pages paperback edition book is priced $22.62 at Amazon.com.
There are enough reasons why we recommend this book to you. One of the defining features of this book is that it is perfectly practical oriented. Author has put his best efforts to bring his entire workspace compactly to the pages of this wonderful book. There are plenty of other books like the one from Saed Niku, Craig, Sponge which gives detailed theories of robotics. But in
the subject is treated in a hobby projects style. Leaving first three and last chapters for the basic theories and concepts of electronics, rest of the book is subdivided into nine projects in nine chapters. Author has also remarkably blended the sixth chapter with theory and a hands-on project.
One of the other advantages you can get from
is the cost-effective approach adopted by the author. He explains plenty of techniques you can adopt in your projects to make it sound good for your pocket too. By presenting a wide range of alternatives for the components and methods in his every project, JD Warren has made the book adaptable for robot builders of different styles. So it is highly probable that you may save lots of dollar compared to what you actually spent on this book.
Presentation style followed throughout the book is also pleasing; illustrative figures and images have really improved the quality of the book. Author also gives introductory tutorials on open software like arduinoIDE and cadsoft eagle. A project-chapter in this book is sub-divided into a detailed part list with reference to the online retailers like sparkfun, electronics section with circuit diagram and schematics, mechanical construction of parts and body and a brief summary.
Altogether 8 different robots are presented in the book. They range from simple line-following Linus, obstruction-avoiding wally to advanced powerful battle-bot, seg-bot on which a person can travel and a garden lawn-bot. proceeding through each project one can really feel the advancement in design and technology adopted for better robots which can really serve a purpose apart from mere entertainment.
Finally, this book is just not about robotics but about robotics using arduino. As arduino is the most preferred and popular development platform nowadays, projects and methods described in this book becomes even simpler. Author has visibly shown how to easily mold arduino micro-controller into projects with varying requirements and diversifying needs. Many projects use arduino add-on’s and shields as motor-controllers, xbee serial, accelerometer and much more. The sixth chapter is devoted for the making of cheap and cost effective homemade arduinos's which can really save a good amount of money. Also first part of book covers the basics of the Arduino programming environment. Later-on all the codes required for each project are explained in detail under that particular chapter.
team have also provided an online support the readers of the book, supplying readymade codes used in their projects, designed circuit and pcb diagrams. On their online Google site https://sites.google.com/site/arduinorobotics/ every support file are well organized under their respective chapters which users can download files in a single click.
We have been through many books under this category and found that certain qualities in this book are just simply irreplaceable. What we have to suggest to the readers is that along with a good theory book if you can practice the projects in the book
; then that can make you a good robot builder. We would also like to add that whenever you do some projects try to innovate in your own ways so that your bot shines even better.
Wish you a good day.
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