Building Bots

Designing and Building Warrior Robots

Author: William Gurstelle

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1556524595

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 238

View: 6557

Offers instructions on how to build a fighting robot, with details about destructive weaponry, radio control systems, and battle requirements and strategies.

Combat Robots Complete

Everything You Need to Build, Compete and Win

Author: Chris Hannold

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071408882

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 311

View: 1400

This manual aims to cover everything you need to build your own battling robot, including information on wiring, modelling, design, weapon systems and more. It also presents data on cost, unions, rules, competing, choosing, ordering, using and maintaining much of the equipment.

Build Your Own Combat Robot

Author: Pete Miles,Tom W. Carroll

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 007222844X

Category: Computers

Page: 416

View: 5188

Create your own powerful battling robot from start to finish using this easy-to-follow manual. Robotics experts Pete Miles and Tom Carroll explain the science and technology behind robots, and show you what materials you need to build and program a robot for home, school, and competition.

Fighting Robots

A Guide to Radio Controlled Combatants

Author: Michael Benson

Publisher: Citadel Press

ISBN: 9780806523729

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 236

View: 7751

An ultimate guide, accompanied by step-by-step instructions for designing your own fighting robot, introduces readers to the realm of mighty motorized warriors by providing a detailed history of the sport and robots in both fact and fiction. Original.

Kickin' Bot

An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots

Author: Grant Imahara

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780764541131

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 528

View: 3840

Enter the arena of the metal gladiators Do you have what it takes to build a battle-ready robot? You do now. Here are the plans, step-by-step directions, and expert advice that will put you in competition-while you have a heck of a lot of fun getting there. Grant Imahara, the creator of the popular BattleBot Deadblow, shares everything he’s learned about robot design, tools and techniques for metal working, the parts you need and where to get them, and plenty of tips to keep you off the ropes. When you’re finished, you’ll be ready to rumble. Just a few of the topics you'll learn: Robot design 101 Chemicals and power tools Popular materials compared Cutting your armor Things to know about screws Top ten drive motors Bearings, casters, couplers, and U-joints Roller chains and sprockets Better traction through chemistry Choosing speeding controls Batteries and wiring The driving test Rammers, hammers and crushers

Combat Robot Weapons

Author: Chris Hannold

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071422000

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 208

View: 1736

ABOUT THE CD: The CD-ROM contains CAD and rendering software, CAD models, robot fighting videos and printable tables filled with useful information for all robot builders. Rhino3D is a computer aided design (CAD) program and provides the tools to accurately model your designs ready for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing. (Evaluation version) Flamingo is a raytracing program that provides photometrically accurate images with reflections, refraction, diffusion, translucency, transparency, color bleeding, shadows, depth of field, depth attenuation, ClearFinish(TM), and indirect lighting. (Evaluation version) The robot fighting videos are some of the best fight clips available from the NC Robot StreetFight. The CAD models include a full representation of Dagoth, the thirty pound bot constructed in Combat Robots Complete. This particular model shows Dagoth's upgrade plans from a wedge bot with spike to a vertical spinner bot with a secondary wedge.

Mecha Mania

How to Draw the Battling Robots, Cool Spaceships, and Military Vehicles of Japanese Comics

Author: Christopher Hart

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 9780823030569

Category: Art

Page: 128

View: 7375

Offers instructions for drawing various robots and futuristic figures in Japanese comics and animation, including spaceships, cyborgs, and weapons.


The Official Guide

Author: Mark Clarkson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media

ISBN: 9780072224252

Category: Computers

Page: 272

View: 3003

A guide to BattleBots traces the history of robots and competition robotic combat, and describes the competitions, the various BattleBots in different weight classes, and how they are built and operate.

How to Build a Robot Army

Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies

Author: Daniel H. Wilson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1635572665

Category: Humor

Page: 176

View: 8781

It goes without saying that robots kill. They hunt, swarm, and fire lasers from their eyes. They even beat humans at chess. So who better to stand with us when the real villains arrive? Movies instruct us that, whether we like it or not, we will one day be under siege by pirates, ninjas, zombies, aliens, and Godzilla. Also great white sharks. And-let's face it-we're not prepared. But with the advice contained in this brilliantly illustrated, ingenious book, you can build your own robot army to fend off hordes of bloodthirsty foes. From common-sense injunctions ("never approach an unfamiliar robot in a militarized zone") to tactical pointers ("low-power radar beats cameras for detecting mummies in a fog-shrouded crypt") to engineering advice ("passive-dynamic exoskeleton suits will increase sprint speeds but not leg strength"), this book contains all the wisdom you'll need to fend off the coming apocalypse. Witty, informative, and utterly original, How to Build a Robot Army is the ideal book for readers of any age.


Pointless (Yet Awesome) Projects for the Electronically Inclined

Author: Mike Rigsby

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613741979

Category: House & Home

Page: 160

View: 1205

Unless you live in a haunted house, the eyes on your paintings probably don't follow you around. However, with a couple of motion sensors, two motors, a few transistors, resistors, diodes, and wires you can convert a Van Gogh print into a macabre masterpiece with a mind of its own. Haywired proves that science can inspire odd contraptions. Create a Mona Lisa that smiles even wider when you approach it. Learn how to build and record a talking alarm, or craft your own talking greeting card. Construct a no-battery electric car toy that uses a super capacitor, or a flashlight that can be charged in minutes, then shine for 24 hours. Written for budding electronics hobbyists, author Mike Rigsby offers helpful hints on soldering, wire wrapping, and multimeter use. Each project is described in step-by-step detail with photographs and circuit diagrams. Includes Web sites listing suppliers and part numbers.

Building Robot Drive Trains

Author: Dennis Clark,Michael Owings

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071408509

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 400

View: 2407

This book is just what robotics hobbyists need to build an effective drive train using inexpensive, off-the-shelf parts. Leaving heavy-duty 2tech speak3 behind, the authors focus on the actual concepts and applications necessary to build and understand these critical force-conveying systems.

Home Robotics

Maker-Inspired Projects For Building Your Own Robots

Author: Daniel Knox

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1781317682

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 160

View: 7290

Learn to make your own robots with this accessible, illustrated guide for robotics enthusiasts, featuring 13 unique robotics projects suitable for beginner to intermediate level. You’ve seen the sci-fi movies and dreamed of creating your very own robot. Now learn to build machines with your own hands that will move or perform tasks at your command. Featuring brand-new projects and specially commissioned photography, this book uses easily sourced components to teach you simple electronics and programming. Learn to design and build your very own custom-made creations that can walk, draw or even guard your home. Start with a space-age butterfly that skips along on its own or a robot that creates psychedelic patterns of amazing variety, then discover how to create a catapult bot that activates when movement is detected or construct an intelligent, all-terrain rover vehicle – the possibilities are endless.

Careers in Focus


Author: Ferguson

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438111118

Category: Engineering

Page: 202

View: 9235

Profiles jobs in engineering such as aerospace engineers, biomedical engineers, chemical engineers, nuclear engineers, software engineers, and more.

Whoosh Boom Splat

The Garage Warrior's Guide to Building Projectile Shooters

Author: William Gurstelle

Publisher: Potter Style

ISBN: 030749876X

Category: Reference

Page: 160

View: 9527

These are the homemade machines that you’ve dreamed of building, from the high-voltage Night Lighter 36 spud gun to the Jam Jar Jet, the Marshmallow Shooter, and the Yagua Blowgun. Including detailed diagrams and supply lists, Gurstelle’s simple, step-by-step instructions help workshop warriors at any skill level achieve impressively powerful results. With Whoosh Boom Splat, you can build: - The Jam Jar Jet—the simple pulse jet engine that roars - The Elastic Zip Cannon—a membrane-powered shooter that packs a wallop - The Mechanical Toe—a bungee-powered kicking machine - The Vortex Launcher—a projectile shooter that uses air bullets for ammunition - The Clothespin Snap Shooter—the PG-17 version of a clothespin gun that fires fiery projectiles - The Architronito—the steam-powered cannon conceived by Leonardo da Vinci And many more! In addition to learning how to make these cool gadgets, you’ll find sections packed with information on what makes each machine unique. Gurstelle describes the machine’s historical origins as only he can: with verve, fun, and the sort of quirky details his legions of fans love. Whoosh Boom Splat is a must-have for every extreme tinkerer. From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports

Author: Brad Stone

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416587323

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 4039

In the early nineties, a visionary special-effects guru named Marc Thorpe conjured a field of dreams different from any the world had seen before: It would be framed by unbreakable plastic instead of cornstalks; populated not by ghostly ballplayers but by remote-controlled robots, armed to the steely teeth, fighting in a booby-trapped ring. If you built it, they'd come all right.... In Gearheads, Newsweek technology correspondent Brad Stone examines the history of robotic sports, from their cultish early years at universities and sci-fi conventions to today's televised extravaganzas -- and the turmoil that threatened the whole enterprise almost from the beginning. By turns a lively historical narrative, a legal thriller, and an exploration of a cultural and technological phenomenon, Gearheads is a funny and fascinating look at the sport of the future today.

Practical Pyromaniac

Build Fire Tornadoes, One-Candlepower Engines, Great Balls of Fire, and More Incendiary Devices

Author: William Gurstelle

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781569768884

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 6088

Combining science, history, and DIY pyrotechnics, this book for the workbench warrior explains humankind’s most useful and paradoxical tool: fire. William Gurstelle, author of the bestselling Backyard Ballistics, presents 25 projects with instructions, diagrams, photos, and links to video demonstrations that enable people of all ages to explore and safely play with fire. From Franklin’s stove to Diesel’s engine, explosive and fascinating tales are told of the great pyromaniacs who scientifically revealed the mysteries of fire such as “Gunpowder” Joseph Priestly, who discovered oxygen; Antoine Lavoisier, the father of chemistry; and Humphrey Davy, whose chemical discoveries and fiery inventions saved thousands of lives. By following the directions inside, the curious can replicate these breakthrough scientists’ experiments and inventions from the simply fascinating one-candlepower engine to the nearly magical fire piston and an incredible tornado of fire.

Backyard Ballistics

Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

Author: William Gurstelle

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613743548

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 1990

Ordinary folks can construct 13 awesome ballistic devices in their garage or basement workshops using inexpensive household or hardware store materials and this step-by-step guide. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple—a match-powered rocket—to the more complex—a scale-model, table-top catapult—to the offbeat—a tennis ball cannon. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind the projects, and profiles scientists and extraordinary experimenters such as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day was the fourth of July.

Learning Robotics using Python

Design, simulate, program, and prototype an autonomous mobile robot using ROS, OpenCV, PCL, and Python, 2nd Edition

Author: Lentin Joseph

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1788629973

Category: Computers

Page: 280

View: 9474

Design, simulate, and program interactive robots Key Features Design, simulate, build, and program an interactive autonomous mobile robot Leverage the power of ROS, Gazebo, and Python to enhance your robotic skills A hands-on guide to creating an autonomous mobile robot with the help of ROS and Python Book Description Robot Operating System (ROS) is one of the most popular robotics software frameworks in research and industry. It has various features for implement different capabilities in a robot without implementing them from scratch. This book starts by showing you the fundamentals of ROS so you understand the basics of differential robots. Then, you'll learn about robot modeling and how to design and simulate it using ROS. Moving on, we'll design robot hardware and interfacing actuators. Then, you'll learn to configure and program depth sensors and LIDARs using ROS. Finally, you'll create a GUI for your robot using the Qt framework. By the end of this tutorial, you'll have a clear idea of how to integrate and assemble everything into a robot and how to bundle the software package. What you will learn Design a differential robot from scratch Model a differential robot using ROS and URDF Simulate a differential robot using ROS and Gazebo Design robot hardware electronics Interface robot actuators with embedded boards Explore the interfacing of different 3D depth cameras in ROS Implement autonomous navigation in ChefBot Create a GUI for robot control Who this book is for This book is for those who are conducting research in mobile robotics and autonomous navigation. As well as the robotics research domain, this book is also for the robot hobbyist community. You’re expected to have a basic understanding of Linux commands and Python.

Mobile Robots

Inspiration to Implementation, Second Edition

Author: Joseph L. Jones,Bruce A. Seiger,Anita M. Flynn

Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press

ISBN: 9781568810973

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 486

View: 6288

Revised and updated, the second edition includes several new chapters with projects and applications. The authors keep pace with the ever-growing and rapidly expanding field of robotics. The new edition reflects technological developments and includes programs and activities for robot enthusiasts. Using photographs, illustrations, and informative text, Mobile Robots guides the reader through the step-by-step process of constructing two different and inexpensive yet fully functional robots.

Robot Building for Beginners

Author: David Cook

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1430227494

Category: Computers

Page: 516

View: 2598

“I wrote this book because I love building robots. I want you to love building robots, too. It took me a while to learn about many of the tools and parts in amateur robotics. Perhaps by writing about my experiences, I can give you a head start.” —David Cook Robot Building for Beginners, Second Edition is an update of David Cook’s best-selling Robot Building for Beginners. This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed. The robot described and built in this book is battery powered and about the size of a lunchbox. It is autonomous. That is, it isn’t remote controlled. You’ll begin with some tools of the trade, and then work your way through prototyping, robot bodybuilding, and eventually soldering your own circuit boards. By the book’s end, you will have a solid amateur base of understanding so that you can begin creating your own robots to vacuum your house or maybe even rule the world!