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Build Your Own All-terrain Robot : The Build Your Own Series - Brad Graham

Build Your Own All-terrain Robot

The Build Your Own Series

Paperback Published: 28th April 2004
ISBN: 9780071437417
Number Of Pages: 298

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Remotely operated robots are becoming increasingly popular because they allow the operators to explore areas that may not normally be easily accessible. The use of video-controlled technology has sparked a growing public interest not just in hobbyists, but also in the areas of research, space, archeology, deep-sea exploration, and even the military. Significant changes in the technology marketplace have made the creation of an all-terrain, video controlled robot accessible to even the amateur robotic hobbyist. There are many robotics project books currently on the market, but most are targeted to hobbyists, and are strictly for indoor use. This book has the ideal mix of "brains and brawn," making it appealing to hobbyists and interested professionals alike.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
An Introduction to Video-Controlled Robotsp. 1
Meet the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle)p. 2
Examples of ROVs in the Real Worldp. 14
An Overview of the Technologies Used in This Bookp. 27
Electric Motorsp. 28
Motor-Speed Controllersp. 31
Remote Control Transmitters and Receiversp. 34
Audio and Video Transmittersp. 38
CCD Video Camerasp. 39
Choosing the Right Parts for the Jobp. 43
Planning Your Overall Designp. 44
Finding Suitable Wheelsp. 49
DC Motors and Gear Boxesp. 51
Choosing Adequate Batteriesp. 55
Steering and Drive Train Considerationsp. 60
Planning and Building the Framep. 69
Everything Has a Placep. 70
Mounting the Wheelsp. 81
Adding a Battery Compartmentp. 93
Installing the Motorsp. 101
Transmission and Gear Ratiosp. 108
Housing the Electronicsp. 116
Remote Control Operationsp. 125
Basic Hobby RC Fundamentalsp. 126
Decoding Hobby Receiver Signalsp. 130
Other RC Possibilitiesp. 134
Motor-Speed Controlp. 141
Basic RC Fundamentalsp. 142
Pulse-Width Modulation Motor Controlp. 153
Shaft Encoder Basicsp. 163
Video Cameras and Transmittersp. 171
Video-Camera Basicsp. 172
Video-Transmitter Basicsp. 178
Getting Longer Rangep. 182
Camera Control and Lightingp. 187
Pan and Tilt Using Servo Motorsp. 188
Movable Head with Lights and Camerap. 191
Using Night Visionp. 217
Safety and Obstacle Avoidancep. 223
The Basic Bump Switchp. 224
Ultrasonic Sensorsp. 226
Adding a Kill Switchp. 228
All-Weather Body Designp. 233
Planning Your Cover Designp. 234
Using Wood and Fiberglassp. 237
Making a Cover From Sheet Metalp. 255
Houston, We Have a Problemp. 273
Common Problems and Solutionsp. 274
Ideas for Your Next Projectp. 278
Sources for Parts and Informationp. 283
Where to Find Partsp. 284
Internet Sourcesp. 289
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780071437417
ISBN-10: 007143741X
Series: Tab Robotics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 28th April 2004
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 19.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1