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Robot Building For Intermediate Beginners

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Hello everyone,

After showing an increasing interest in Computer Numeric Control (CNC), especially in hardware architectures, I've finally decided to delve deeper into the art of robot building.  From the control of DC, servo and stepper motors, the development of sensor modules, to the development of a robot's brain, robotics appears to  incorporate most branches of engineering and science.

After reading a number of reviews on books that describe how to build a robot, in one guise or another, I opted to buy "Intermediate Robot Building" by David Cook. My first impression, of the book, is that I quite like the authors laid back style, as well as his modular approach to engineering. As suggested by its' title the book is aimed at the experienced hobbyist who has some experience, good or bad, with a soldering iron. The reader may also have been introduced  to machining parts using a mill and possibly a lathe as well.

As I've been investigating the use of the Arduino recently too, it could be a good idea to adapt some of the examples in the book for use on the arduino.  Although, my suspicion is that using a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) may be more suitable as a robot brain when considering parallel architectures and concurrent sensor processing.

Finally, as I've been intending to write book reviews for quite a while now, reviewing the book may be a good opportunity for me to begin this website's review section. Hence, once I've finished reading the book I should provide a comprehensive review about it.

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