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141. Identification Modeling and Characteristics of Miniature Rotorcraft
by Bernard Mettler
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Asin: 1402072287
Catlog: Book (2002-09-30)
Publisher: Springer
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Identification Modeling and Characteristics of MiniatureRotorcraft introduces an approach to developing a simple andeffective linear parameterized model of vehicle dynamics using theCIFERâ identification tool created by the Army/NASA RotorcraftDivision. It also presents the first application of the advancedcontrol system optimization tool CONDUITâ to systematically andefficiently tune control laws for a model-scale UAV helicopter againstmultiple and competing dynamic response criteria.Identification Modeling and Characteristics of MiniatureRotorcraft presents the detailed account of how the theory wasdeveloped, the experimentation performed, and how the results wereused. This book will serve as a basic and illustrative guide for allstudents that are interested in developing autonomous flyinghelicopters. ... Read more


142. The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis Volume 1: Geographic Patterns & Relationships
by Andy Mitchell
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Asin: 1879102064
Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: ESRI Press
Sales Rank: 157166
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Spatial analysis is where the GIS rubber hits the road, where all the hard work of digitizing, building a database, checking for errors, and dealing with the details of projections and coordinate systems finally pays off in results and better decisions. But spatial analysis has often seemed inaccessible to many users--too mathematical to understand, too difficult to implement, and lacking in good textbooks and guides. Here at last is the ideal book, written by Andy Mitchell and based on ESRI's vast experience with applications of spatial analysis to a host of real problems. The book covers every area of GIS application, so readers will find examples that relate directly to their own concerns, whether they be in hydrology, transportation, or regional planning. The organization is intuitive, with sections on all of the major forms of simple spatial analysis.

This book will appeal to GIS users in all areas of GIS application. It will be invaluable reading for people encountering GIS for the first time, and wanting to see where its real power lies. It will make an excellent textbook for courses in GIS in high schools, community colleges, and undergraduate programs, and as a supplement for practical work.Although, the best way to learn what GIS Analysis can do for your projects is to use it.So buy this book and begin getting results and making better decisions.

For more information on what GIS Analysis can do for you please read theExcerpt section of this page. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Starting Point
You have to take this book for what it is. An extremely basic, starting point for any would-be GIS Analyst. The book contains wonderful examples of how one may use GIS to analyze "real world problems" using both raster and vector models. This book in essence shows people how GIS can be used to analyze problems, without specifically showing them how to analyze problems. I would recommend this book for people who are new to GIS analysis and IT managers who's departments use GIS. While this book will not demonstrate how GIS problems are solved, it illustrates what kinds of problems can be solved using a GIS, any GIS. This book, although it is published by a software company, is not a software manual by any stretch of the imagination (and it was not intended to be one). The examples can be replicated on any commercially available GIS package.

Note: Do not buy this book if you are an advanced GIS user, you probably already know most of what is contained in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good 2nd Book for GIS beginners
After reading "GIS for Everyone", which shows you how to do some basic things with GIS, this book shows you what to do. There's an ample supply of examples in this book, although somewhat repetative. The extensive use of color was surprising given the relatively low cost of this book compared to similar titles. Some of the GIS images are quite small and a small reading magnifier will help seeing the differences that, for example, changes in cell size can make in GIS images.

This book helps you make the transition from making maps to doing GIS analysis.

5-0 out of 5 stars call it GIS Analysis for dummies
while it doesn't get into specifics about actually using any GIS software, this book explains in layman's terms the basics of spatial relationships. if you're ready to start getting beyond just making maps with GIS, this is an excellent place to start. ... Read more


143. Digital Control System Analysis and Design (3rd Edition)
by Charles L. Phillips, H. Troy Nagle
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Asin: 013309832X
Catlog: Book (1994-11-07)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars bad book
As a Graduate student. I think this book is very hard to understand. I took long hours to understand some of the topics especially the space state representations.
You should know very well your fundamentals of control system and I recommend to take the Linear System SPace Systems before of this class.
If you understand chapter 2 completely... you will not have problem with the rest of the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Less or simple examples, and focus more on control maths than practical applications. It lacks details, and strong examples. Many students had problem follwing this book. You definetly need addition book as a refrence.

1-0 out of 5 stars Let a classmate buy it.
Do not expect to learn anything from this book. The examples have holes. It will have you flipping between 6 different places in the book when it references other pages. The instruction assumes too much prior experience. It's the most frustrating book I've ever owned to supplement the dryest class I've ever taken.

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly best available
I used this and a few other books for supplementary study when I took a graduate level course in digital controls. In terms of intelligibility, this book was more helpful than any other, and was substantially superior to the class text.

1-0 out of 5 stars discrete time for idiots
I am just completing a course in discrete time systems, with this book as the textbook. Besides mediocre instructure from the professors, this course's main detraction is this book. There are very few derivations or explanations for many of the formulas, which tend to help me stay interested in the material. Phillips and Nagle have done a terrible job and I feel that I will have to relearn the material when I get to grad school. This book is written from the standpoint that the reader is an experienced engineer who has been working for years; it attempts to make extensions from the analog world to the digital world, and does so very badly. Why my professors chose this book, I will never know. There are very few examples within the chapters, and no answers for any of the problems. As a final note, the book is full of typos and errors. Whatever you do, don't buy this book! ... Read more


144. Applied Robotics II
by Edwin Wise
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-23)
Publisher: Prompt (DPI - 8/01)
Sales Rank: 116496
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Create larger and more useful mobile robots! Ideal for serious hobbyists, Applied Robotics II begins by discussing PMDC motor operation and criteria for selecting drive, arm, hand and neck motors. Subsequent chapters delve into complex topics, from rolling platform design considerations to neural networks and more. Detailed instructions for building specific systems plus in-depth exploration of artificial intelligence (AI), vision and other advanced concepts are included. Instructive illustrations, schematics, part numbers and sources are also provided, making this book a must for advanced builders with a keen interest in moving from simple reflexes to autonomous, AI-based robots. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Response from the Author
I hope responding to a review isn't in poor taste, but heck, here's my comment. I put the same "star" count as the comment I am commenting on.

Mr. Newman is correct, the arm project is difficult, I can't deny it. It could *probably* be done with a hacksaw, a file, and a drillpress, but I would hate to try that. I made this arm using a $500 manual mill from Grizzley.

As for code for AI, yes, that would have been great in this book! Alas, time and space impose practical limitations. Keep your eyes peeled for a book that makes up for this deficiency next year.

4-0 out of 5 stars A book at odds with itself.
The first part of the book involves building a robot and a robot arm. Unlike most robotics books, there are many exact dimensions which would be nice if I had an automated metal cutter. I don't, so I won't be building that anytime soon. I think it would have been nice if the author was to offer a kit of parts for the arm.

One interesting thing is that the author chooses both new components and repurposed components (screwdriver motors) for his projects. I like it because sometimes spending the money for new stuff is money well spent, and sometimes searching for inexpensive substitutes is worth it.

However, when the author talks about robotic vision he stops being practical and goes all theoretical. Now, don't get me wrong: his explanation of certain types of neural networks is one of the most clear I've seen, but there is no code. I expected to see at least enough code to manuever a robot around a room. On the other hand, there are *many* good ideas.

All in all, the book was worth both paying for and reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long-anticipated follow-up to Applied Robotics
This book contains tons of useful, practical information on robot controllers, platforms, drive systems, programming , and even includes some step-by-step instructions for building a robotic arm. Edwin is the creator of FUZBOL, a programming language specifically designed for robotics controllers.

I own the original, and this book appears to be 99% new content, not a re-hash of the original. Well worth the price.

A must-have for any serious robotics enthusiast! ... Read more


145. Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
by Hans Moravec
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.63 out of 5 stars
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In this compelling book, Hans Moravec predicts that machines will attain human levels of intelligence by the year 2040, and that by 2050, they will surpass us. But even though Moravec predicts the end of the domination by human beings, his is not a bleak vision. Far from railing against a future in which machines rule the world, Moravec embraces it, taking the startling view that intelligent robots will actually be our evolutionary heirs. "Intelligent machines, which will grow from us, learn our skills, and share our goals and values, can be viewed as children of our minds." And since they are our children, we will want them to outdistance us. In fact, in a bid for immortality, many of our descendants will choose to transform into "ex humans," as they upload themselves into advanced computers.

This provocative new book, the highly anticipated follow-up to his bestselling volume Mind Children, charts the trajectory of robotics in breathtaking detail.A must read for artificial intelligence, technology, and computer enthusiasts, Moravec's freewheeling but informed speculations present a future far different than we ever dared imagine. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Highly speculative but thought-provoking.
In his latest book, Hans Moravec predicts that robots will take over Earth sometime in the next century. Although his predictions appear highly speculative and implausible, he grounds his speculation in current research and technology. When followed step by step, his predictions make internal sense, though many readers are sure to argue with some of the critical steps. Moravec, for example, insists that computers have, or at least will have, intelligence and something akin to consciousness. These assumptions are not central, however, to his predictions about the future of robotics. Although readers may disagree with his conclusions, Moravec's thoughts are worth reading for their insights into technology policy making and some of the possibilities of robotics. As a robotics researcher, he has valuable background knowledge, and he provides crisp reasoning behind his philosophical arguments.

4-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating but troubling future
Hans Moravec is both a practical robotics engineer and a transcendent dreamer. Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind is a work of pessimism delivered by an optimist. It's complex, compelling, naïve and frightening. Is this the world we're building for our children? I mean human children, not mind children.

Robot begins with a good overview of robotics, outlining the work of cyber-pioneers such as Alan Turing, John McCarthy and Marvin Minsky; then progressing into the late nineties. Moravec is a first-class robotics scientist and engineer, explaining technical issues and solutions in a concise, interesting manner. Good stuff, if you're interested in understanding robotics (why else would you be reading this book?).

Moravec then projects the growth of robotics and artificial intelligence employing a model similar to that of Ray Kurzweil in The Age of Spiritual Machines. Both men base this growth on the exponentially increasing power of inexpensive computers, which they believe will match the computing power of the human mind by approximately 2020. They both present strong arguments that the human mind is fundamentally a complex machine; therefore, it's not a stretch to believe an equally complex mind can be developed in silicon. Moravec then provides his assessment of robot capabilities for each decade of the twenty-first century. It's fascinating and not unreasonable.

Okay, we all know the future is not going to look like Star Trek, but Moravec's vision for the coming centuries is just too unbelievable: robot corporations in outer space, some planet-sized, virtually all of humanity living on a dole provided by taxing robot corporations, "execs" with almost supernatural powers ... you get the idea. Who knows - maybe he will be right - but these speculations don't fit well with the practical, science-based tone of the bulk of the material.

Nevertheless, this is an excellent work if you enjoy thinking about the near-future. Read Kurzweil and Moravec back to back - throw in Flesh and Machines by Rodney Brooks - and you'll have a persuasive picture of what the next few decades may hold.

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly first-rate book of speculative science.
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Robot begins quietly enough, with a pithy reprise of the history of
robotics and artificial intelligence, and some nifty short-term
projections: robot cooks and houseboys, coming soon! Then it turns
to a strange, cool, unblinking vision of a future where ordinary
biologic humans are confined to a reservation/retirement home on
cozy old Earth, while their "mind children", advanced machine
intelligences, go out to conquer the Universe in a "bubble of Mind
expanding at near-lightspeed."

Moravec's mind-bubble will absorb and digest every physical entity in
its path, from ancient Voyager spacecraft to entire alien biospheres.
("I am vast. I contain multitudes.") These absorbed entities, he says,
"may continue to live and grow as if nothing had happened, oblivious
to their new status as simulations in cyberspace." Data-storage
capacity won't be a problem -- the atoms that make up your body,
Moravec tells us, "could contain the efficiently encoded biospheres of
a thousand galaxies."

With the entire cosmos transformed into cyberspace, it would be
possible for not just our "original versions," but every variation on
them, to "live" as massively-parallel simulations, playing out all of
the possibilities of Alternate History, perhaps as entertainment for
the vast, cool Intellects that have supplanted us. As Moravec notes,
we could already be living as simulations: We might well wonder
whether we're the "true" original, or just one of many reruns. "There
is no way to tell for sure," he writes, and since we can never know,
"the suspicion that we are someone else's thought does not free us
from the burdens of life."

And Moravec's not done. Now things gets *really* weird, as he
moves into a"what is reality?" windup that invokes Frank Tipler's
Omega Point, anthropic cosmology, parallel universes, and life after
death. He does get a little flaky here [note 2], but what a grand
Stapledonian blowoff!

Science fiction readers will recognize concepts from many of the
finest hard-SF novels of the past few decades: Gregory Benford's
universe-conquering machine intelligences, Greg Egan's lives-as-
simulations, Vernor Vinge's Singularity, Robert Forward's fractal-
bush robots. Robert Charles Wilson's current Darwinia
could almost be a novelization of Robots. Moravec's book is an
excellent guide to the science behind a lot of recent SF -- and an
exciting (if disturbing) preview of what's next.

These connections to SF are no accident: Moravec, who co-founded
the robotics program at Carnegie-Mellon University, grew up reading
science fiction, built two robots for high-school science-fair projects,
and first published his robot/AI speculations in an Analog essay in
1978, while a student at Stanford. He expanded that piece into a
popular-science book, Mind Children (1988, also excellent), which the

present book extends and updates. (He promises the next update in
2008.) Moravec has also written Omni articles with Robert Forward
on space elevators (1981), and with Frederik Pohl on uploading
people to computers (1993). Plus he's been a Hollywood consultant
for science-fiction movie-makers. Reading through his CV, I wonder,
does the man ever sleep?

Robot is among the few truly first-rate books of speculative science --
books in which respected scientists extrapolate their ideas into
the future with some rigor. Other such books include K. Eric
Drexler's Engines of Creation (1986), and Freeman Dyson's
Disturbing the Universe (1979), Infinite in All Directions (1989), and
From Eros to Gaia (1992). Books such as these provide a sense of awe
and wonder equal to the very best of science fiction -- perhaps the
more wondrous for being, quite possibly, true.

Interested readers can find much more information at Moravec's
excellent website: [google]

__________
1) -- if for no other reason than to supply empathetic characters for
hard-SF set in the far future -- a challenge that's tough enough
without using a Moravecian ultimate-AI for a protagonist...

2) To his credit, Moravec recognizes that this chapter has problems.
He's promised (and has started) a rewrite on his website.

review copyright 1999 Peter D. Tillman

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating scientific read!
Hans Moravec does an outstanding job of waking society up to a very real potential road that humans may one day soon take; "mechanization".

Many cringe at the thought of using computers to do anything but send e-mail or surf the net. However, after reading this, I think you'd be hard pressed to argue that computers won't continue to bleed closer and closer into our personal lives until one day there may actually be some kind of union between the two.

And that brings me to my principal beef with this book. Perhaps H. Moravec has been working at arms length building robots for too long, because to me (a younger tech-savvy reader), if there ever is a "union" between man and machine, it won't be so much a union, but an "augmentation" of humanity. I will never become "part computer", but may use a computer to augment my life (enhanced bio-capability, enhanced intelligence, perhaps even immortality). The "us AND them" contrast Robot seems to paint never sat well with me.

Anyway, an informative and entertaining read.

Enjoy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful
Hans Moravec apparently knows a lot about creating robots, and I wish him well in that endeavor. But the sort of speculation in this book by necessity calls upon a broad understanding of all areas of human knowledge, and his understand of people is quite poor. This work is ultimately a failure, because it is based on many logical and factual errors. Some examples:

Moravec argues that consciousness should not be that hard to developed in robots, in part because consciousness in humans is only a string of physical sensations. Well, Hans, David Hume made this same argument two hundred years ago in a much more convincing way than you just did, and I still don't buy it. The last 200 years of philosophy has wrestled with the question of the existence or lack thereof of the transcendent ego. If Moravec's robot project hangs on its resolution, I don't think we'll see robots any time soon.

Moravec also tries to assuage our fears of being replaced by robots by arguing that, by the force of evolution, we're really better suited to a life of leisure, where we hunt and fish and don't use our minds too much. So we'll like sitting around while the robots work away at the economy that supports us, while Social Security absorbs 99% of economic output and we collect the dole. He opines that countries that never moved away from their tribal origins, like Saudi Arabia, will have the easiest transition to this new world. (!) Well, if September 11th hasn't put the lie to that, I'm not sure what would. Unless you believe that the only thing that people strive for, the only thing that motivates them to take actions, is a desire for material comforts, Moravec's prediction is clearly wrong. Humans will continue to want to lead lives that give them purpose and direction, and the most obvious example of this is religion. In Moravec's desire to make robots people, it seems he has made people robots. ... Read more


146. Sliding Mode Control in Engineering
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
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147. Combat Robots Complete : Everything You Need to Build, Compete, and Win
by ChrisHannold
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Asin: 0071408886
Catlog: Book (2002-08-26)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW! This is great! Everything You Need to know.!
I have jut finished read his book and let me tell you that it was great! If you are in a jam and are wondering a question. It will have it. If you not sure what book to get. Between this and "build your own combat robot." Well, I am currently reading "build your own combat robot." I'd personally get both but 1st I would definitely get Combat Robots Complete because I have noticed that in "build you own combat robot" they on touch on some stuff and not go in-depth they sometimes have actually said look online or at a library. I mean come on we all could have thought of that one! In combat robots complete they go in-depth a little more and I am an amateur and that really helps because I think a lot of the amateurs really need that kind of help. Now to wrap it up. Get it As SOON AS POSSIBLE! Then read all of it. Do not just read it, read it. Read it and understand it! You may need to reread some chapters. then once you got a good handle on it definitely buy "build your own combat robot," they have different view, chapters and explanations. So get them both! ... Read more


148. Mastering Digital Printing: The Photographer's and Artist's Guide to High-Quality Digital Output
by Harald Johnson
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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guide to All Aspects of Digital Printing
I wish I had owned a book like this when I started doing digital drawings ten years ago, but the next best thing is to have it now. It is a engaged and loving explication of the many aspects of digital printmaking, starting with the basic building blocks of a digital image, the bits, bytes, and pixels, and finishing up with curating and shipping the final prints out the door.

Along the way it explains the different digital printing methods (with great diagrams to illustrate how things like inkjets actually work), the pieces of hardware you'll need, how to capture and handle your source material (including scanning, digital cameras, digital drawing programs, and image editing), color space and the pros and cons of calibration, permanence, how to do your own printing from machines to inks and papers, and how to deal with an outside printing service if you decide not to print your work yourself. Especially if you're in the latter category, this book is an invaluable guide to an understanding of what's going on technically that will help you to make aesthetic decisions that translate onto paper more successfully and to better communicate with your print atelier. Lastly, the very useful appendices are a gold-mine in-and-of themselves - print service providers all over the USA, suppliers, online groups and sites, books, galleries, print exchanges and more.

From the introduction on, the sense of excitement about the blossoming digital revolution is contagious. Fine art printmaking has not had a major new medium since silkscreen, and Harald Johnson does an excellent job of fitting digital prints into the history of printmaking in general. The book finishes up with a gallery showcase that gives an inspiring overview of the kinds of imagery that are being made digitally these days - ranging stylistically from realism to abstraction to manipulated photographs and from methods that rival traditional media to creations that could only be computer art.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review ¿ Mastering Digital Printing by Harald Johnson
Anyone who has ventured seriously into creating digital art sooner or later stumbles into the uncharted sea of printing. Once an artist has finally created his or her masterpiece on the computer, they must contend with a vast array of new printing technologies, image management software (sometimes called RIP), and different ink types and substrates to produce their final print. Until now that process has remained a complete mystery to all but a few. But at last Harald Johnson has come forward with his new book Mastering Digital Printing to explain the process from the basics to the complex.
Perhaps what I like most about the book is that is not just a technical manual, but really goes a long way into addressing head on some of the issues that are raging in the art world today regarding digital artwork. Things like what the difference is between a digital reproduction and digital original, and what a Giclee print is. These topics really shed some light onto some controversial and often overlooked issues.
On the technical side he does a very deft job of delicately explaining complex terms such as printer resolution, dpi, and lpi so that even a beginner can start to get an adequate grasp of the subject. This is a book aimed at artists, not propeller heads. And while his coverage of the different printing technologies may be a bit more information than most artists want, it is never the less important when one is considering [purchasing]a print based on those technologies. He also does an outstanding job of explaining scanning and what artists really need to know about sending out work to be scanned, or scanning it themselves.
Finally he addresses two important issues for the professional artist, permanence and substrates. While some of this does go into the deep end, it provides necessary and often overlooked information that seems to be cropping up more and more at art shows and galleries.
All in all, this book is a compendium of information for serious digital artists. If all you want to do is produce snap-shots from your inkjet printer, this book is probably not for you. But if you are a professional or serious amateur artist wants to obtain the highest quality translation from the virtual representation of their art work to the physical one, this book is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book- lots of good foundation info
I like this book for 2 reason- One as a amatur printer- it gave me a lot of good ideas for projects and 2. As an IT pro who has to support this type of technology at time in our printing plants, it helped fill in the gaps I had in my printing and imaging specific knowledge. This book covers a broad range of topics- so think of it more as a primer to get you ready for more advanced topics in other books.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Good Enought
When I first started to read this book I was really impressed. Then I kept trying to find specific information that I could use. There is very little. A good book for history and hype, but there are better books for useful knowledge. I would suggest Kieran's Photoshop Color Correction.

5-0 out of 5 stars I never believed there was so much to know about printing!
This is the third book I've purchased from this publisher, and all of them have been excellent. I hadn't been looking for a book on printing, but when I picked this one up in the book store I was amazed to find there was so much I didn't know. All the information is useful, and I am very glad I stumbled across this book. ... Read more


149. LEGO Mindstorms Masterpieces: Building Advanced Robots
by Mario Ferrari, Ralph Hempel, Doug Carlson, Giulio Ferrari, Kevin Clague, J. P. Brown
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Asin: 1931836752
Catlog: Book (2003-02)
Publisher: Syngress
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Learn from the LEGO Masters!

While many LEGO books exist that show step-by-step instructions, they lack substantially detailed explanations about the building techniques used by the authors and the general concepts that are fundamental to the projects. These reflections are the foundation of LEGO MINDSTORMS Masterpieces. The goal of this book is to present very sophisticated projects with the maximum level of detail. In the book you hold in your hands you will find not only high quality step-by-step instructions for building all of the robots, but also a complete description for each of them, including goals, building techniques, programming techniques, and the theory supporting the designer’s choices. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars awsome
This is the best lego mindstorms book ever printed it is in-depth in the theory behind the robots.

5-0 out of 5 stars Complete
This is the book of the greatest, most complex Lego pieces to date, and I highly recommend it to anyone thoroughly engrossed in the area of Lego programming. It is an invaluable resource with amazing graphics, and very creative new inventions which serve as a wonderful catalyst for my own ideas. Great guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Addition To The Lego Mindstorms Community
After building many of the robots presented in Lego Mindstorms Masterpieces published by Syngress, I feel I am now qualified to give a fair personal assessment of this book. I have purchased many Lego Mindstorms books and each one has great ideas and a lot to offer. All books have shortcomings and room for improvement. How good a book is depends on how well it address the readers needs. My needs center on my use of Lego Mindstorms to teach mechanical engineering, logic, programming and robotics to my 13-year-old daughter. Lego Mindstorms Masterpieces is the newest addition to our Lego toolbox. There are so many positive things to say about this publication I'll place the very few items I would have preferred done differently at the end of this review.

A few key benefits this book offers to anyone involved with Lego Mindstorms are complete, well illustrated assembly instructions, detailed commentary by the authors with additional tips to aid in the construction, explanations of where the inspirations for the creation came from with historical references, web site listings for additional information and a e-book CD-ROM with program files. Many of the authors have active web sites of their own and are available to generously help people stuck during construction.

Lego Masterpieces not only expand the reader's knowledge of Lego Mindstorms applications, but engineering and robots in general. The concepts presented can be applied anywhere the logic, computers, or machines are designed and built. The book shows that the construction of a machine must go hand in hand with the programming to best fit an application. Giulio Ferrari explores basic Artificial Intelligence and the foundations of modern computers with the Turing Machine. Another chapter presents the mechanics and theory of creating logic cells amazingly through the use of pneumatics and then combining them into the synchronous PneumADDic II calculating machine by Kevin Clague. And again by Kevin, the building of an asynchronous artificial muscle using Autonomous Pneumatic Circuits in the Synchropillar without RCX programmed control. An all terrain wheeled vehicle by Doug Carlson uses his Tri-Star drive design called the Stair Climber and will crawl over and out of almost anything. A spy robot by Miguel Aguilio called The Shape-Shifting Camera Tank utilizes Vision Command's camera, can increase or decrease it's height and you may control it with it's own Lego parts constructed joystick. The Learning Brick Sorter by Mario Ferrari, which combines a robotic arm with an automated task, blends the machine with excellent basic AI programming, which can learn new tasks. And finally, the most advance Lego robotic arm I've ever seen is in the chapter on CyberArm IV by Hideaki Yabuki. Not only does this arm have five Degrees of Freedom and 180-degree rotation, but you can also build the optional Power Glove to operate the robotic arm from your own hand movements!

The few complaints I have of this book are that the Bill Of Materials on some of the chapters are printed so small and illegible that I couldn't read them with a magnifying glass! Adding a page and printing the illustrations larger and clearer would have better represented the quality of the overall material. The other complaint is found in most books. Someone should proof read it before publication. Spell checkers don't think!

My final message about this book is BUY IT and start collecting the parts you'll need. It expands the frontiers of Lego Mindstorms and you'll need all the parts you can get your hands on!

5-0 out of 5 stars Real robots, backed by real robotics, and made with LEGOs
This book has gathered together "Masterpieces" from some of the the world's greatest LEGO creators. Builders from the US, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, and Japan have brought you their passions, the theories behind each masterpiece, and detailed building and programming techniques. "LEGO Mindstorms Masterpieces" is truly at the zenith of all related books and I believe it will become a true masterpiece both in name and in reality.

This book began in July of 2002. And, while the the creation, writing and editing was extremely difficult, the authors fought mightily to accomplish our goal: to build LEGO robots both suitable for Master Builders and worthy of this book's title! Amazing PneumADDic II and Synchropillar by Kevin as a computer processor specialist and creator of LPub and LSynth. Splendid Stair-Climber by Doug who is a well known creator of several Omni Drive Vehicles. And, two awesome works - Learning Brick Sorter and The LEGO Turing Machine that were invented by the famous Ferrari brothers - they are co-authors of the best selling "Building Robots with LEGO Mindstorms" and have been called the "DaVincis of LEGO". Biped robot expert Miguel created complex SSCT faithfully based on the real robot that was active for life search and explore in WTC, New York. Lastly, a robotic arm driven by 10 motors and feedback system - CyberArm IV that I have created as a series in four years. All of these are the real robots that are backed by real robotics - only the materials are LEGO! We are very pleased that we could explore a new frontier in LEGO Mindstorms, and be able to offer it in book form.

As the one of pioneers of LEGO robots, I have had my experience of the results in the MIT Media Lab fortunately in the middle of the 80s, and the result of my writing of over half year keeping is included in bundle CD-ROM as a over 50 pages bonus chapter. I have tried to write about a lot of topics to explain the world of robots and LEGO Mindstorms - history of LEGO robot or their philosophy of the LEGO Group, precious list and description of early LEGO educational sets for control learning, personal robot boom in the 80s, from a more than 300-year-old Japanese automata (the Karakuri) to the latest state-of-the-art robotics. I believe that my discussion and description about the way of thinking and creation - included building, programming, CAD and even about Art - are useful in particular.

We hope that this book will never lose its value and that it will become loved by people of all generations.

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150. Electromyography : Physiology, Engineering and Non-Invasive Applications (IEEE Press Series on Biomedical Engineering)
by RobertoMerletti, PhilipParker
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A complete overview of electromyography with contributions from pacesetters in the field
In recent years, insights from the field of engineering have illuminated the vast potential of electromyography (EMG) in biomedical technology. Featuring contributions from key innovators working in the field today, Electromyography reveals the broad applications of EMG data in areas as diverse as neurology, ergonomics, exercise physiology, rehabilitation, movement analysis, biofeedback, and myoelectric control of prosthesis.
Bridging the gap between engineering and physiology, this pioneering volume explains the essential concepts needed to detect, understand, process, and interpret EMG signals using non-invasive electrodes. Electromyography shows how engineering tools such as models and signal processing methods can greatly augment the insight provided by surface EMG signals. Topics covered include:
* Basic physiology and biophysics of EMG generation
* Needle and surface electrode detection techniques
* Signal conditioning and processing issues
* Single- and multi-channel techniques for information extraction
* Development and application of physical models
* Advanced signal processing techniques
With its fresh engineering perspective, Electromyography offers physiologists, medical professionals, and students in biomedical engineering a new window into the far-reaching possibilities of this dynamic technology.
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151. Modern Industrial Electronics, Fifth Edition
by Timothy J. Maloney
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This book provides an explanation of whole-system structures and relationships rather than isolated circuits or devices. It is committed to showing how the devices of modern electronics are applied in realistic industrial applications, and makes every effort to help you reach the skill level needed for carrying out your job responsibilities.It thoroughly examines a wide variety of systems—from PLCs to industrial robots—and includes a wealth of background information regarding the economic importance and/or environmental impact of the production process involved in the system.A book for the Industrial Electronics Technician or Engineering Technologist who want current information showing how the devices of modern electronics are applied in realistic industrial applications. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Im brefer this book on all book talk about industrial ele.
Rale it's agood book ther are alot of exambel exblein practicl life, it's lunguge cler. ... Read more


152. Statistical Control: By Monitoring and Feedback Adjustment
by George E. P.Box, AlbertoLuceño
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A detailed, practical, accessible guide to efficient statistical control.

Efficient control is a key element in the improvement and maintenance of quality and productivity. This book shows the advantages of bringing together the more commonly used methods of statistical quality control with appropriate techniques of feedback adjustment. It uses recent research and practical experience to provide feedback methods of immediate use in the workplace.

Statistical Control by Monitoring and Feedback Adjustment introduces a new coordinated approach to quality control. The authors' clear and cogent presentation uses extensive graphical explanation supplemented by numerous examples and computational tables. A helpful selection of problems and solutions further facilitates understanding.

Topics covered include:
* A fresh look at process monitoring
* Using feedback adjustment charts
* Minimizing the size of adjustments
* Feedback techniques that minimize costs of adjustment and sampling
* Detection of special causes with Cuscore Statistics
* Efficient monitoring of operating feedback systems
* The roles of models, optimization, and robustness
* A brief review of time series analysis.

Statistical Control by Monitoring and Feedback Adjustment is important reading for quality control engineers and statisticians as well as graduate students in quality control, industrial engineering, and applied statistics.
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem!
The techniques described in this book have applications well beyond process or parts industries. I'm an engineer in mobile communications (an industry that desperately needs quality improvement) and I'm using SPC methods to eliminate choppy voice and dropped calls using feedback mechanisms between cell phones and base-stations. This book has provided me with a comprehensive framework for real-time network quality management. Don't be put off by its somewhat quaint language: this book gives real solutions to modern real-time signal processing problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars advanced methods in statistical process control
Professor George Box is a world renowned statistician, one of the greatest applied statisticians of the 20th Century. He has made fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of statistical methods. He is a wonderful lecturer and writer and can write on many levels. He has co-authored many classic books in statistics including texts on times series analysis and control, Bayesian methods, experimental designs, response surfaces and evolutionary operation. His work in design, response surface methods, time series and evolutionary operation were first motivated by his work in the chemical industry.

The text with Jenkins on time series analysis and control is a classic and had a major impact on the application of time series methods in business and industry. The systematic approach that they advocated was quickly referred to as the Box-Jenkins methodology. Although time series forecasting applications were well accepted by industry, the portion of the text demonstrating application to feedback control systems was largely ignored.

The 1980s and 1990s saw a resurgence of application of statistical process control in manufacturing. Basic Statistical Process Control (SPC) deals with control charts that assume independent identically distributed observations when "the system is under control". This is the basic theme for the Shewhart control charts and the cumulative sum charts that are standard in basic SPC. Hahn and Tucker at General Electric (among others) recognized that the approach could be generalized to dependent stationary processes using the Box-Jenkins methodology. In this text Box and Luceno describe this methodology and the recent results in the context of monitoring for process control and the incorporation of feedback adjustments to the process when the process goes out of control. Basically, they have taken the ideas on feedback control systems from the Box and Jenkins book and found applications to the control of manufacturing processes.

This is very useful stuff and is certainly worth knowing about. However if the reader is looking for a good introduction to standard SPC methods this is not the book he/she wants.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book give you the best ; Theory, and practical too.
George Box and Alberto Luceno give you the best advice you need for Engineering Process Control (EPC) and SPC theory in this 300 page book. New methods, such as Cusum, and EWMA are also explained. Enough knowledge for a practician and more if you want in detail. They don't bore you by deriving equations you care less. I am an engineer in manufacturing and know when I need to study an equation or accept it as correct. In year 2000's, SPC and EPC will be emphasized in manufacturing even more than ever. Engineering process control has benefited from SPC in an exponentially growing rate. My motto is "SPC is the blood test of the manufacturing process control - S. Can". I recommend this book to all practicians of EPC. ... Read more


153. Designing Sociable Robots (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents)
by Cynthia L. Breazeal
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Cynthia Breazeal here presents her vision of the sociable robot of the future, a synthetic creature and not merely a sophisticated tool. A sociable robot will be able to understand us, to communicate and interact with us, to learn from us and grow with us. It will be socially intelligent in a humanlike way. Eventually sociable robots will assist us in our daily lives, as collaborators and companions. Because the most successful sociable robots will share our social characteristics, the effort to make sociable robots is also a means for exploring human social intelligence and even what it means to be human.

Breazeal defines the key components of social intelligence for these machines and offers a framework and set of design issues for their realization. Much of the book focuses on a nascent sociable robot she designed named Kismet. Breazeal offers a concrete implementation for Kismet, incorporating insights from the scientific study of animals and people, as well as from artistic disciplines such as classical animation. This blending of science, engineering, and art creates a lifelike quality that encourages people to treat Kismet as a social creature rather than just a machine. The book includes a CD-ROM that shows Kismet in action.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Details on Kismet
The book is well structured, and includes many photos and diagrams. I found it useful because I work exactly on the same topic. However, most of its content can be found elsewhere (in published articles). The accompanying CD-ROM includes very interesting videos, although I think they can also be found elsewhere. In summay, I definitely recommend this book, but only if you are really interested in the topic and/or in Kismet, and you want to know as many details as you can. ... Read more


154. Insectronics : Build Your Own Walking Robot
by KarlWilliams, Karl Williams
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-05)
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book!!!
An excellent book if you want to build a walking robot that really works!! I've been looking for a book like this for years. The details for building the mechanics and electronics are actually very exact and accurate. I had absolutely no problems building two of these robots. This book even gives the printed circuit board design artwork for the microcontroller board circuit and the infrared sensors, which none of the other robotics books do. This book is packed full of great practical knowledge like interfacing a radio remote control system, sonar rangefinding, and an excellent robot gripper - among other things... WELL WORTH THE MONEY. I also bought Amphibionics which is also a great book with plans for four biologically inspired robots - a really cool snake robot, frog, aligator and turtle.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Although the book seems very thorough on the surface, as you begin to build the robot described, obvious flaws come to play, Parts seem to jump at you from nowhere, dimensions seem to be incorrect, and the "debugging" leaves something to be desired.

However, it is a good resource for the first time 'bot builder, and can get you thinking in the ways of design, construction and programming.

As for the bot itself... As reproduced exactly from the books instructions there are problems structurally, and programatically, that can be overcome with some ingeuity.

So, If you are looking for a fool proof step by step to bot building, try Gordon Mccomb's Robot builder Bonanza, however if you are a step or two into the game already, then get this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Building robots can be fun!
Karl Williams shows you how to build robots from scratch using parts from you local electronics parts store. You get your hands dirty by learning how to assemble every aspect of a robot. From cutting pieces of aluminum parts to programming microcontrollers, youll learn it all in this book. Its a great place to start for the beginner robot builder on a budget or the advanced builder trying to learn some new techniques. I highly recommend it. Also see his new book Amphibionics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Microcontrollers!
This is an excellent way of learning about the PIC microcontroller. I personally learn best by hands on experience. Karl Williams shows you everything about assembling a robot from scratch. Great Job! You can find parts at [website] or build it on your own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Build this badboy
None better.
The book is laid out so you complete building steps in stages. Every piece is diagramed and dimensioned. If you can cut and drill this book will get you up and walking.
The later chapters provide enhancements such as a gripper and how to hookup radio control.
Karl Williams has taken a complex topic and done an excellent job of distilling it to very usable directions. ... Read more


155. Residential Design Using AutoCAD 2005
by Daniel Stine
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This textbook starts with a basic introduction to AutoCAD 2005 and then begins a house floor plan. Using step-by-step tutorial lessons, the residential project is followed through to create elevations, sections, details, etc.Throughout the project, new AutoCAD commands are covered at the appropriate time. Focus is placed on the most essential parts of a command rather than an exhaustive review of every sub-feature of a particular command. ... Read more


156. Robot Dynamics and Control
by Mark W.Spong, M.Vidyasagar
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This self-contained introduction to practical robot kinematics and dynamics includes a comprehensive treatment of robot control. Provides background material on terminology and linear transformations, followed by coverage of kinematics and inverse kinematics, dynamics, manipulator control, robust control, force control, use of feedback in nonlinear systems, and adaptive control. Each topic is supported by examples of specific applications. Derivations and proofs are included in many cases. Includes many worked examples, examples illustrating all aspects of the theory, and problems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE book to start learning about industrial robotics
Having read this book from cover to cover, I can easily conclude that this book is surely THE start for anybody who wants to learn more about industrial manipulators. As a student in Mechatronics at The Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven, I was supprised by the simplicity in witch the authors explain real 'hardcore' manipulator problems. The book starts with a very good basic explanation of motion represenatation witch are common used in manipulator engineering. To understand the book, you are to read all the chapters after eachother. The best thing about the book is that the methods and techniques are very 'compatible' to other resources (unlike most of the book about manipulators). Another very usefull thing is the ammount of references given after each chapter for the people who never stop thinking when they are interrested...

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157. Constructing Robot Bases (Robot DNA Series)
by GordonMcComb
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Godon still's got it!

This is the book to read to learn about the nuts and bolts of, well, the nuts and bolts.

Not only does this book cover building the base, but also the basics of drive-trains, batteries, and motors. I liked the other books in this series, but this is my favorite. Perhaps that's because mechanical things are my weakness. ... Read more


158. PIC Robotics: A Beginner's Guide to Robotics Projects Using the PIC Micro
by JohnIovine, John Iovine
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Here's everything the robotics hobbyist needs to harness the power of the PICMicro MCU!

In this heavily-illustrated resource, author John Iovine provides plans and complete parts listsfor 11 easy-to-build robots each with a PICMicro"brain.”The expertly written coverage of the PIC Basic Computer makes programming a snap -- and lots of fun. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars No Assembly Language Required
It wasn't mentioned in the reviews I read but I was hoping for some good Assembly language examples. Unfortunately They did not use Assembly but instead a $250 Pic-Basic program. There is a cheaper version for $100 and the Author did provide examples for both. You will also need a programmer to actually program the PIC. So if you main goal is building a Robot with Pic micro controllers without learning the Assembly language then this book is for you. ... Read more


159. Scientific Charge-Coupled Devices (SPIE PRESS Monograph Vol. PM83)
by James R. Janesick
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The invention of the charge-coupled device 30 years ago was the beginning of a remarkable image capture technology that has changed the course of imaging in fields ranging from astronomy to biotechnology. This book presents a comprehensive history, tutorial, and state-of-the-art description of CCDs and is intended for scientists, engineers, imaging hardware managers, and graduate students. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny.
Absolutely fabulous reference for anyone interested in how CCDs work, and how to make them work. I highly recommend this as a resource: the material is purely technical and laden with physics and math... not a layman's explanation. Also has great experience to relate and plenty of practical information on getting your system performance up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CCD Reference
This book is great. It gives plenty of information to understand what a CCD is and how it works. It is easy to read, and there are plenty of examples of calculations to help understand the physics of the CCD. ... Read more


160. Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics
by Gregory Dudek, Michael Jenkin
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This is a superb textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the field of mobile robotics. With a special emphasis on computation and algorithms, Dudek and Jenkin address a range of strategies for enabling robots to master problems of navigation, pose estimation, and autonomous exploration. While they concentrate on wheeled and legged mobile robots, they also discuss a variety of other propulsion systems with kinematic models developed for many of the more common locomotive strategies. Chapters present algorithms for both visual and nonvisual sensor technologies, including sonar, vision, and laser scanners. In the section on reasoning, the authors thoroughly examine the subject of planning and the issues related to spatial representation. A comprehensive overview of the field, Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics complements its discussion of state-of-the art methods with 139 illustrations of key current and historical technologies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive robotics text
The book is an excellent comprehensive survey of the mobile robotics, especially for a reader interested developing new mobile robot hardware and software. The authors discuss most of the major research issues in mobile robotics in depth, including locomotion and control, sensing and state estimation, and planning algorithms. Additionally, many of the most successful techniques are covered in enough depth to act as a how-to for implementors. For example, a popular state estimation technique is the Kalman filter, which can be readily implemented directly from the description of the algorithm in the text.

This book distinguishes itself in that it focuses on the algorithms, and general lessons learned in designing robots, both hardware and software. Many robotics books get involved in the details of hardware and become obsolete at a rapid pace. This book should be very useful for the university classroom for quite some time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too general
This book is too general. It's like a 'review' of techniques used, methods in robotics etc. Furthermore, you need other books to be able to help you to understand what it's talking about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beginner Robotics Reference Book
This is a great robotics book for beginners, spanning through all relevant subjects (navigation, steering, sensors, environment, planning, etc.) with sufficient depth to satisfy and, hopefully, appeal to anyone new to this field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent mobile robotics textbook
This book provides a solid and fairly comprehensive coverage of mobile robotics including both basic mobile platforms, sensor systems, computational vision, method for reasoning and planning, mapping, and a few practical examples. The approach adopted is based on a solid theoretical foundation. Thus the reader needs at least first year calculus and statistics to really appreciate this book.

The coverage is comprehensive in the sense that it provides a good introduction to all the topics needed in order to develop a ombile robot system. In addition to this the text has a fairly comprehensive bibliography with adequate pointers to relevant literature. The book has a slight bias towards computational vision, which is not surprising given the history of the authors, but overall the coverage is well balanced.

This book is close to perfect for a one year university course on the introduction to "mobile robotics". Anyone entering mobile robotics to do research in this field ought to read this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good and practical book
This books is divided into three main parts: locomotion, sensing, and reasoning. That is lots to cover in a smallish book. I think the writers did a good job paring downing the information. There is enough information in all the sections to give a hobbyist robot builder like myself something to work with. At the same time, the book doesn't get bogged down with implimentation details. Some of you might not like that, especially if you are looking for a how-to book. This book will give, for example, some ideas for wheel arrangements for a robot, and some math that could prove useful for programming and design. The book does NOT give details about how to program, or how to attach wheels, etc.

This book might be scary for the math-phobic, but those of you who skip over the math in books should still find this book useful. Readers with a year of Calculus and some Linear Algebra will have no problems.

There are lots of robot designs discussed with some helpful (thought poorly reproduced) photographs. There is a brief historical background to the robotics field, and some thoughts about what future developments are needed to really make mobile robots useful and flexible devices.

And finally, there is a very large bibliography, and a good index. ... Read more


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