Arduino Robotic Projects
By Richard Grimmett
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: August 2014
Pages: 240

Arduino is an open source microcontroller, built on a single circuit board that is capable of receiving sensory input from the environment and controlling interactive physical objects.

Arduino Robotic Projects starts with the fundamentals of turning on the basic hardware and then provides complete, step-by-step instructions that allow almost anyone to use this low-cost hardware platform. You'll build projects that can move using DC motors, walk using servo motors, and then add sensors to avoid barriers. You'll also learn how to add more complex navigational techniques such as GPRS so that your robot won't get lost.

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4.0

A robotic introduction to Arduino

By rhvall

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Lots of images
  • Vast Examples

Cons

  • Lack Of Schematics
  • Superficial

Best Uses

  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Arduino Robotic Projects:

I really enjoyed this book as an introductory lecture to the broad capabilities that the Arduino board brings to those willing to learn some low level programming. This book will cover just the surface of all potential projects can be done with Arduino that have a practical use in the field of robotics.

If you are wondering how to start, this book will help you a lot to get your feet wet and bring the "hello LED" to life. But it does not finish there, also will guide you through: radio communication (wifi, bluetooth, XBee), environment sensing (sonar or infrared), movement (DC motors and servos), user feedback (displays, LEDs) and the basics of programming with its Arduino IDE (integrated development environment); everything with several pictures to have a general idea of what is happening with the board.

Some weak points I could state about the book are that the topics are covered just on the surface and a lot of questions about the wiring might arise, specially with newcomers to the platform. For advance users, the lack of schematics will easily draw them back to seek other options. Something else that could be done better, would be link all the topics together, so at the end of the book, you can have a real and functional robot, described step by step as the reader progresses.

Overall, I would recommend this book to get started.

 
3.0

Some good content but hoped for more

By Terwilliker

from Switzerland

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough
  • Too basic

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  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Arduino Robotic Projects:

At page 144 things got interesting... DC motors. Definitely some good stuff there for an intro but I was hoping to get more information about strength of motor for a terrain, estimating power drain, measuring remaining power, maybe even some pointers on building a shell with a 3d printer or solar charging.

Mainly it was a list of fun components and instructions on how to load libraries for them in Arduino and then watch the serial output of those libraries. For anything complex there were links to where you could read product instructions on how to put things together.

Talking about compass, GPS or quad copters was somewhat interesting but I was hoping for something more down to earth like controlling a robot arm, robot to follow a line, something to climb up a kite string and take measurements or even an RC zepplin (somewhat less expensive than a quad copter kit).

Kind of ambitious last chapter saying we have now learned how to build a quadcopter but it was mainly a bunch of hyperlinks to kits and instructions elsewhere.

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