There are a lot of books out now on robotics (about three dozen last
count), many of which have a particular slant, interest, or target
audience. What things are you looking for?
Author: Constructing Robot Bases,
Robot Builder's Sourcebook, Robot Builder's Bonanza
How about something that discusses the pros and cons of the
various microcontrollers? Also a book on sensors would be
---The Mad Jesuit
BTW, I just checked my books again, and I can't find Robot
Builders Bonanza. Guess I was wrong about having that one.
There are a lot of books.
Try going to www.amazon.com and perform a book search on "robot sensor".
Many, many hits.
As for the pros and cons of microcontrollers? There aren't any books as far
as I know of.
It really depends on the task to be performed versus the cost versus the
performance required as to which MCU would work the best. Another reason is
whether a person prefers or is more comfortable with one MCU over another.
For example, if a person uses 8051 based MCU's all the time, going with a
faster more powerful 8051 based MCU is much better than trying to go with a
different MCU, as that person has little or no learning curve to deal with.
Cost becomes important in some projects, so sometimes choosing a cheaper
slower MCU outweighs the advantages of a better more expensive MCU.
35 of the first 50 hits were either "out of stock" or "out of print"
I'm sure there are lots of MCU's. However, which are the most popular with
hobbyists? I've been considering the OOPIC, but don't know enough about
any others to make a truly informed decision.
---The Mad Jesuit
: Anybody recommend any good books on robotics?
I recommend starting with concept.
Try "Vehicles, Experiments in Synthetic Psychology" by Valentino Braitenberg.
This is an easy to read book that really will help you get the feel for
how a robot might perceive its surroundings and work within them.
: I already have "Robots, Androids and Animatrons" and
: the "Robot Builders Bonanza".
* Dennis Clark firstname.lastname@example.org www.techtoystoday.com *
What sort of books ?
What level intro , beginner , intermediate ?
On what ? sensors ? control ?
Any of Gordon McComb or Dennis Clarks books
Myke Predko books
Robot Programming : A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics by Jones
Might be worth finding a good library
university library or similar and have a browse through their robotics
For choosing a micro
first thing is what are you going to program it in ?
assembly , c , c++, forth , java, basic ? (amoung others)
(assembly is different for each processor family)
Are you looking at short term price or long term ?
cypress psoc (Micro + programmable blocks)
then the modified chips
8051 is the most commonly used micro in the world
but isn't the friendliest to start with.
The modified chips (interrupters) are easier for
some to start with but
much more expensive long term
and also limit your options eventually(can take a good few years).
Also what level are you at ?
College , highschool ,uni , electronics beginner ?
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