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Chapter 1: The Basics of Robot Locomotion Chapter 2: Motor Types: An Overview Chapter 3: Using DC Motors Chapter 4: Using RC Servo Motors Chapter 5: Using Stepper Motors Chapter 6: Mounting Motors Chapter 7: Motor Control 101, The Basics Chapter 8: Motor Control 201--Closing the Loop with Feedback Chapter 9: Electronics and Microcontroller Interfacing Chapter 10: Wheels and Tank Tracks Chapter 11: Locomotion for Multipods Appendix A: Glossary Appendix B: Tables, Formulae, and Constants Appendix C: Resources Index

About the Author

Dennis Clark has degrees in electrical engineering technology and computer science and is a graduate student in behavioral robotics at Colorado State University. Mr. Clark has authored a series of articles on behavioral robotics for the European hobbyist magazine Elektor.

Michael Owings is a freelance software developer. He lives and works in southern Louisiana.


Addressing all aspects of robot locomotion including wheel selection, motors, power transmission, braking, and control systems, detailed sections of this title cover both theoretical and practical elements. A good source for general-purpose robotics designing, the text outlines the advantages and disadvantages of various options. It is also one of the few resources that discuss the problem of designing a robot for outdoor environments and different terrains. Library Journal 20021101

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