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Robot Building for Teens by Behnam Salemi

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CHAPTER 2BUILT-IN INTELLIGENCE

In the previous chapter, you built the Bug Bot, a simple robot that randomly moved in the environment and demonstrated a simple form of bug-like intelligence. In this chapter you will build another robot that is slightly more advanced. This robot will be able to sense the amount of light from a light source in its surroundings and intelligently respond to it. The design of this robot was originally proposed by Valentino Braitenberg; hence we call it the Braitenberg Vehicle Robot or BV-Bot for short. As you will see later, what is special about the BV-Bot is that the source of intelligence in this robot is inherent in its electronic circuitry. In other words, the source of intelligence of the robot—its “brain”—and ...

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