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

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Chapter 30Building Robot Electronics—the Basics

In previous chapters you learned all about the mechanics of robots, including their construction, motors and wheels, and power systems. In this chapter you’ll discover the electronics that endow bots with the appearance of life. In this and future chapters you’ll find out ways to use modern (but still inexpensive) advances in electronics to create fully programmable robots able to truly think on their own. It’s an exciting endeavor, so let’s get started.

FYIIf you’re absolutely new to electronics you may wish to first read the lessons in My First Robot (see Appendix A, “RBB Online Support,” for details). You’ll learn the very basic concepts of electricity and electronics as you build a simple robot ...

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