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Program Like A Pro

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Modern programming techniques emphasize rapid development (quick time to market), high-level programming languages such as Java, C++, PHP and Perl, and layers of abstraction that isolate programmers from underlying computing hardware Read More »

Build Winning FIRST Robots

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FIRST Robots: Behind the Design by Vince Wilczynski and Stephanie Slezycki;  foreword by Dean Kamen; afterword by Woodie Flowers Rockport Publishers Design and build a 100-pound robot to play in a three-on-three game of hoops. Your robot must be robust enough to play in many rounds and take the abuse of collisions with other robots and the arena. Your robot must be safe. You can only use the motors you ... Read More »

Evolutionary Robotics

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Now imagine if you could teach your robot what to do. Evolutionary Robotics seeks to present a method of doing just that. The book was published in 2000; a bit ahead of its time, but the then advanced concepts are now starting to become necessary in the mainstream. The book will challenge you to make a leap in thinking about how you build control programs for your robots. Read More »

Robots As Potential Colleagues And Friends

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LOVING THE MACHINE: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots by Timothy Hornyak Kodansha International, Ltd., First Edition, 2006 Author Timothy Hornyak, on the opening page of this wondrous and charming work, talks about his first encounters with robots in Japan. This is enthralling prose, and it gets only better as you read the book. “On the second floor of ... Read More »

Vehicles: Experiments In Synthetic Psychology

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Author: James H. Phalen, MD From the September/October Issue of Robot Magazine by Valentino Braitenberg, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA; available at www.amazon.com One benefit of robotics being such a young field is that most of the gods of the robot pantheon are still alive. But what can quarter-century old pipe dreams of an octogenarian Italian neuroscientist working in Tübingen, ... Read More »

Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication

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Author: Don Chanbers From the September/October Issue of Robot Magazine by Steven Moore, Harry Bohm and Vickie Jensen, © 2010 Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, www.marinetech.org When was the last time you picked up a textbook and just couldn’t put it down because it was so interesting and compelling? The latest text/manual/history/collection of biographies on the subject of submersible ... Read More »

Become a Geek Dad!

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My greatest joy in life is being a father, and in comparing how I grew up with how my father grew up, there is no doubt that I lived the birth of the tech-savvy generation. Read More »

Programming And Customizing The Multicore Propeller Microcontroller

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Author: Harry Mueller From Robot Magazine Issue 28 – May/June 2011 by Shane Avery, Chip Gracey, Vern Graner, Martin Hebel, Joshua Hintze, André LaMothe, Andy Lindsay, Jeff Martin and Hanno Sander, Parallax, Inc.; © 2010 McGraw-Hill, available at www.parallax.com and www.amazon.com As hobbyists and students, we all search for the perfect microcontroller, the software to create that magic code snippet ... Read More »