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Build your own all-terrain robot
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New York : McGraw-Hill, 2004
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PSZ JB 30000010064218 TJ211 G72 2004 Open Access Book

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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.

Author Notes

Brad Graham is an inventor, robotics hobbyist, and founder and host of the Web site, which receives approximately 2500 hits a week. He is also the co-author of Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza, perhaps the most creative bicycle-building guide ever written. A computer and network professional with Freedom 2000 Complete Technical Services, which he co-founded with partner Kathy McGowan in 2000, Mr. Graham specializes in computer network setup and maintenance, custom programming, data storage and recovery, and security services.

Kathy McGowan provides logistical and marketing support for many robotics, bicycle, computer, and publishing projects through Freedom 2000 and She also manages the daily administrative operations of both companies and provides personal computer training, sales, and technical services. Additionally, Ms. McGowan is co-author of Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Video-Controlled Robotsp. 1
Meet the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle)p. 2
Examples of ROVs in the Real Worldp. 14
Chapter 2 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
Chapter 3 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
Chapter 4 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
Chapter 5 Remote Control Operationsp. 125
Basic Hobby RC Fundamentalsp. 126
Decoding Hobby Receiver Signalsp. 130
Other RC Possibilitiesp. 134
Chapter 6 Motor-Speed Controlp. 141
Basic RC Fundamentalsp. 142
Pulse-Width Modulation Motor Controlp. 153
Shaft Encoder Basicsp. 163
Chapter 7 Video Cameras and Transmittersp. 171
Video-Camera Basicsp. 172
Video-Transmitter Basicsp. 178
Getting Longer Rangep. 182
Chapter 8 Camera Control and Lightingp. 187
Pan and Tilt Using Servo Motorsp. 188
Movable Head with Lights and Camerap. 191
Using Night Visionp. 217
Chapter 9 Safety and Obstacle Avoidancep. 223
The Basic Bump Switchp. 224
Ultrasonic Sensorsp. 226
Adding a Kill Switchp. 228
Chapter 10 All-Weather Body Designp. 233
Planning Your Cover Designp. 234
Using Wood and Fiberglassp. 237
Making a Cover From Sheet Metalp. 255
Chapter 11 Houston, We Have a Problemp. 273
Common Problems and Solutionsp. 274
Ideas for Your Next Projectp. 278
Chapter 12 Sources for Parts and Informationp. 283
Where to Find Partsp. 284
Internet Sourcesp. 289
Indexp. 293