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Robot Builder's Bonanza, 4th Edition, 4th Edition by Gordon McComb

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Chapter 2Anatomy of a Robot

The human body is, all things considered, a nearly perfect machine: it’s (usually) intelligent, it can lift heavy loads, it can move itself around, and it has built-in protective mechanisms to feed itself when hungry and to run away when threatened. Other living creatures possess similar functions, though not always to the same degree of sophistication.

Robots are often modeled after humans, if not in form then at least in function. Nature provides a striking model for robot experimenters to mimic. It’s up to us to take the challenge. Some of the mechanisms found in nature can be duplicated in the robot shop. Robots can be built with eyes to see, ears to hear, a mouth to speak—all with the goal of manipulating the ...

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