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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots by Gareth Branwyn

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Chapter 4. Robot Anatomy Class

In This Chapter

• Identifying some basic bot body types

• Running through the subsystems and components found in most robots

• Testing your newfound robot anatomy knowledge with a quiz (so pay attention!)

Flesh and Steel

The human body is an unfathomably beautiful creation, and no, we’re not talking about supermodels or Natalie Portman (those are freaks of nature). We’re talking about the flesh and blood machinery of which we’re all so miraculously constructed. Open up an anatomy textbook, or watch one of the many “wonders of the human body” shows on educational cable, and you can’t help but be awestruck by our impressive design. Going on such a fantastic voyage, two things are immediately apparent: ...

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