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Robot Builder: The Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots by John Baichtal

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1. You, Robot Builder

Pretty much everyone loves robots. It’s a fact! Something about those lovable mechanical friends appeals to nearly everyone. Maybe it’s that they are as loyal and reliable as you program them to be, a faithful robo-pet that will flip your eggs and fetch your bathrobe.

Robots are everywhere. You’ll find them in toy departments and the assembly lines that make toys. They build our cars and crawl through sewer pipes looking for leaks. We watch movies where cooler-than-real robots have adventures and make friends. What’s not to like about that?

Erin “RobotGrrl” Kennedy is an example of a robot builder who has done well. Her most popular creation, RoboBrrd (see Figure 1.1) is a cute robot that she originally built out of popsicle ...

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