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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots by Gareth Branwyn

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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 ...

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