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Part II: Gettin’ Dirty with It > Acquiring Mad Robot Skills

Chapter 6. Acquiring Mad Robot Skills

In this chapter

  • Cools kits you can build

  • Robot building sets

  • Ready-mades and retro-robots

  • Thumbnail guide to electronics

There are two ways to become a budding bot builder. One is to home-brew your own robots (which we’ll start doing in the next chapter). The other way, which some of you might find easier and less intimidating at first, is to use readily available kits and building sets. In this chapter, we’ll take a quick look at some of these commercial robot kits and sets and outline some of their strengths and weaknesses. We’ll also talk about what aspects of robotics each of them emphasizes. Then, ladies and gentlemen, we’ll attempt a major hat trick: teaching you the basics of working electronics in just a few pages. The “Thumbnail Guide to Electronics” should at least teach you what you’ll need to know to tackle the kits detailed in this chapter, and the projects that begin in the next.


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