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Robot Building for Teens by Behnam Salemi

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CHAPTER 1THE RUNAWAY ROBOT, OR BUG-LIKE INTELLIGENCE

In this chapter, you will build a simple bug-like robot, called Bug Bot. What you will learn from Bug Bot is that a very simple mechanism can demonstrate some level of intelligence. As you will see, the source of intelligence in this robot is inherent in its mechanical structure. Bug Bot moves randomly in the environment, and its behavior is influenced by the characteristics of its environment such as the obstacles nearby, the slope of the surfaces surrounding the robot, friction, and so on.

The major topics covered in this chapter include the following:

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