Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot
Autonomous and Remote-Controlled Bots on Wheels
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: October 2012
Pages: 256

Building robots that sense and interact with their environment used to be tricky. Now, Arduino makes it easy. With this book and an Arduino microcontroller and software creation environment, you’ll learn how to build and program a robot that can roam around, sense its environment, and perform a wide variety of tasks. All you to get started with the fun projects is a little programming experience and a keen interest in electronics.

Make a robot that obeys your every command—or runs on its own.

Maybe you’re a teacher who wants to show students how to build devices that can move, sense, respond, and interact with the physical world. Or perhaps you’re a hobbyist looking for a robot companion to make your world a little more futuristic. With Make an Arduino Controlled Robot, you’ll learn how to build and customize smart robots on wheels.

You will:

  • Explore robotics concepts like movement, obstacle detection, sensors, and remote control
  • Use Arduino to build two- and four-wheeled robots
  • Put your robot in motion with motor shields, servos, and DC motors
  • Work with distance sensors, infrared reflectance sensors, and remote control receivers
  • Understand how to program your robot to take on all kinds of real-world physical challenges
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1.0

Out of date components

By Max

from UK

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    • Too many errors

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      Comments about oreilly Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot:

      This looks like it was a great book when published, however a major component of the robot relies on the Adafruit motor shield Version 1. Unfortunately this has been superseded by the V2 motor shield and the code is not compatible. Adafruit have issued new libraries that are not covered by the book. I hope the book will be revised

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      5.0

      Hits the spot!

      By martyg

      from Chesapeake Virginia

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      Comments about oreilly Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot:

      This is an excellent book! I have several books regarding arduino and robotics and Margolis and Make" hit a home run with this one. The progression of the book from basics to advanced is perfect for learning basic robotics. I intend to use this as a reference in my robotics projects at school. Well done.

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      3.0

      Almost awesome, robot has problems

      By John

      from San Francisco, CA

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      Pros

      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • Diagramsphotos Different
      • Needed User-testing

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      • Intermediate
      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot:

      I get the feeling that this book and robot kit was rushed and not much user-testing was done to ensure the book's instructions and robot parts were up to snuff. The author really does a great job, it's just that this book really needs a 2nd edition to account for the problems faced by myself and others in the 4WD kit (possibly 2WD kit as well).

      There's been confusion in the wiring/soldering of the power switch, dc charger port, and battery pack expressed in the forums. There's also motor noise issues plaguing the robot's ability to repeatably execute programs. This motor noise is also causing the servo motor with the sonar range-finder sensor to turn to the extreme right when the motors are running.

      I'd still recommend this book and the MakerSHED kits, but any reader should definitely consult the O'reilly support forum and the book errata in order to avoid the problems encountered by those before you. Here's the support forum url with the search of robot for a keyword: http://support.oreilly.com/oreilly/searches?query=robot&x=0&y=0&style=topics

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      Creating our new Robotic overlords

      By Patrick

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Developer, Educator, Maker

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      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

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        • Intermediate
        • Student

        Comments about oreilly Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot:

        This book contains everything you need to know to build a simple robot. The resulting mecha is a two-wheeled bot that can avoid obstacles, follow a path on the ground, and/or roam within a defined area. It can back itself out of dead ends, and it can operate autonomously or via remote control. It seems to be about as intelligent as a simple Roomba.

        The author takes the reader through a step-by-step building process: first, assembling and controlling the motors, then controlling speed and direction, then attaching sensors that allow the robot to understand and interact with the environment around it. While the book is written clearly enough for absolute novices to follow along, I think that intermediate users will be much more comfortable.

        One thing: The code is included in the book, but not a lot of time is spent explaining the code in great detail. This is not a flaw of the book -- as I said, the book seems to be aimed at people who at least know a bit about the Arduino and how it is programmed.

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