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Microcontrollers are the miniature programmable "brains" that control small robots. Basically they are computers with outputs that can control small motors, lights, relays, etc.



   Programming Robot Controllers with CD-ROM

Programming Robot ControllersProgramming Robot Controllers is the second volume in the new "Robot DNA" series by McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics.

Author Myke Predko demonstrates how robot controllers are programmed using the versatile Microchip PICmicro Microcontroller. The focus of the book is on the least understood aspect of robot design; integrating multiple sensors, peripherals and software that will work cooperatively and allow for a simple high-level control application. To explain the concepts presented in the book, Predko uses off-the-shelf parts and a C programming language compiler that is included on the CD-ROM. This book is filled with over 170 illustrations.

Written in a clear, easy-to-understand style, Programming Robot Controllers thoroughly explores:
* How different sensors, outputs, and peripherals can be wired to a microcontroller to work cooperatively and create a high-level control program
* The various subsystem functions the controller will have to perform
* The basic theory behind output devices, input devices/sensors, and motor control--and how to integrate these devices
* How the different interfaces are actually implemented in a microcontroller


* How to transport the sample interface and control application codes presented in the book to other microcontrollers
* The amazing software development capabilities of MPLAB and PICC Lite C programming language compiler (both included on the CD-ROM)
* The Microchip PICmicro PIC16F627 which can be erased and reprogrammed with simple hardware

The CD-ROM includes
* PICMicro Instruction Set Reference * Selected PICMicro MCU datasheets * Microchip MPLAB software and documentation * El Cheapo programmer software and building instructions * PICC-Lite Compiler Software and documentation * Source code for sample applications * HTML links

The "Robot DNA" series has become an absolutely essential addition to every amateur roboticist's bookshelf. Start your collection today with Programming Robot Controllers.

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   123 PIC Microcontroller Experiments for the Evil Genius

More than just hours of fun, these exciting experiments provide a solid grounding in PIC microcontrollers and the skills needed to program them -- from the ground up. Each experiment builds on those before it, so you develop a hands-on, practical understanding of microcontroller programming. You don't need any knowledge of programming to get started. But by the end, you'll be able to complete your own awesome projects!.

123 PIC Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius:

* Introduces you to programming and customizing the PIC MCU step-by-step -- you don't need to be a whiz to get started, but you will be when you are finished.
* Shows you how to set up your own PIC microcontroller and development lab based on one inexpensive Microchip starter kit.
* Vividly explains the science and electronics underlying microcontrollers.
* Gives you enjoyable step-by-step experiments that build your skills, one bit at a time.

* Teaches you both C and assembly language.
* Shows you how to interface sensors, switches, LEDs, LCDs, and other commonly used electronic interfaces.
* Offers step-by-step experiments that develop handy resource routines in assembly language.
* Challenges you to stretch the limits of PIC MCU applications.
* Supplies parts lists and program listings

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   Getting Started with Arduino

This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to the open-source electronics prototyping platform that's taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots of ideas for Arduino projects and helps you get going on them right away. From getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype, all the information you need is right in the book.

With inexpensive hardware and open-source software components that you can download free, getting started with Arduino is a snap. To use the introductory examples in this book, all you need is an Arduino Starter Kit.

Join the tens of thousands of hobbyists who have discovered this incredible (and educational) platform. Getting Started with Arduino gets you in on the fun!

You'll learn about:

* Interaction design and physical computing
* The Arduino hardware and software development environment
* Basics of electricity and electronics
* Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
* Drawing a schematic diagram

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   PIC Microcontroller Project Book

PIC Microcontroller Project BookWhat can you do with PIC microcontrollers? Practically anything--from creating "photovore" robots that hunt light to feed their solar cells to making toasters announce, "Your toast is ready!" These low-cost (around 7 bucks) computers-on-a-chip let electronics designers and hobbyists add intelligence, responsiveness, and functions that mimic big computers to any electronic product or project.

PIC Microcontroller Project Book gives you hands-on directions for putting PIC chips with up to 8K of memory to work. Starting with simple projects and experiments, this book leads you gradually into sophisticated programming techniques. You need absolutely no programming experience to get started. John Iovine coaches you through every single step. Written with the beginner in mind, PIC Microcontroller Project Book gives you A-B-C guidance on how to:

Get the equipment you need (includes lists of suppliers)
Program your chip
Make your chip count numerically
Deliver messages on a liquid crystal display
Synthesize human speech
Control DC motors, stepper motors, and servos
Convert any analog signal to digital
Add sensing abilities to robots
Build decision-making neural and "fuzzy logic" functions into your projects

Written with the beginner in mind, this project-oriented guide gives you twelve complete projects, including: add sensing abilities to robots, build decision-making neural and "fuzzy logic" functions into your projects, convert any analog signal to digital, deliver messages on a LCD, synthesize human speech, control DC motors, stepper motors, and servos, read resistive sensors for robotics applications, build a frequency generator, make a DTMF phone number logger and distinct ring detector and router, build a digital oscilloscope, and home automation using X-10 communications.

The PIC microcontroller is enormously popular both in the U.S. and abroad. The first edition of this book was a tremendous success because of that. However, since the book was first published, the electronics hobbyist market has become more sophisticated. This new edition is fully updated and revised.

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   The Microcontroller Idea Book

Microcontroller Idea BookThe Microcontroller Idea Book is a how-to for the 8052-BASIC single-chip computer. Practical designs for use in data loggers, controllers, and other small-computer applications. How to use sensors, relays, displays, clocks/calendars, keypads, wireless links, and more. Complete with schematics, example programs and design theory. Use the described development system for easy, inexpensive testing and EPROM programming.

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   PIC Robotics

PIC RoboticsHere's everything the robotics hobbyist needs to harness the power of the PIC Microcontroller! Over the past 5 years, dramatic improvements in technologies and significant cost reductions in 8-bit microprocessors have spawned a renaissance in robot building. PIC Robotics, from popular electronics hobbies author John Iovine, shows amateur (and professional) enthusiasts how to get in on the fun, using the power of Microchip's versatile 8-bit PIC microprocessor family to build sophisticated robots more cheaply and easily than you thought possible.

In this heavily-illustrated resource, author John Iovine provides plans and complete parts lists for 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.

Build your own robots with step-by-step directions for several complete projects including:
• A bi-pedal robot that walks upright
• Functional robotic arms
• Easily programmed behavioral based robots
• Complete parts lists for all projects
• Inspiration for hundreds more

With PIC Robotics, you can build robots that--
• Follow a line
• Look for light
• Track a scent
• Play tag
• Perform hand and arm functions
• Fly, swim, crawl, or slither

John Iovine is also the author of:
Robots, Androids, and Animatrons : 12 Incredible Projects


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   Programming and Customizing the Basic Stamp Computer with CD-ROM

Programming the BASIC Stamp Programming and Customizing the Basic Stamp, Second Edition gives you a comprehensive tutorial on the easy-to-use BASIC Stamp single-board computer, which runs a PIC Microcontroller, and doesn't require you to do any assembly language programming.

This new edition moves you briskly from electronic foundations through BASIC Stamp "Boot Camps" and an intelligent traffic signal simulation to build a robotic bug with whisker sensors, a time/temperature display, and a data-logging thermometer.

Written by Scott Edwards, the original author of the widely read "Stamp Applications" column for Nuts & Volts magazine, this easy-to-follow reference includes a CD that gives you all the IBM- compatible software tools necessary to begin developing Stamp applications.

Programming and Customizing the BASIC Stamp Computer offers you:

* A primer on basic electronics--including reading schematics, identifying components, and constructing prototypes.
* Thorough yet accessible coverage of both BASIC Stamp I and II--from reading and understanding BASIC programs, to PBASIC toolboxes, to detailed applications.
* BASIC Stamp Quick Reference Guide
* 12 complete projects that demonstrate various BASIC Stamp applications and allow you to put your new knowledge to work.
* An accompanying CD that provides all the software tools you need to begin developing PIC applications on your own.

New in this edition:
*Coverage of Stamp-specific and Stamp-friendly peripheral devices
*Chapter on using the BS2-SX
*Bonus projects

With the range of skills you'll develop using this guide, you'll see why it can be easier to build sophisticated projects with microcontrollers than with conventional electronic parts--and even more fun!

Visit the BASIC Stamp page for robot kits with microcontrollers.

Also available in the "Programming and Customizing" series:
Programming and Customizing the PIC Microcontroller
Programming and Customizing the 8051 Microcontroller
Programming and Customizing the ATMEL AVR Microcontroller

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