ISBN 0-8306-9629-6, published in 1981.
It’s All in the Details
What’s Cool Here Is ...
Frank DaCosta’s book presents the
most obedient pet you’ll likely ever find
— a robotic one (“all assembly
required,” but at least you’ll never need
Frankly, it doesn’t really resemble
most critters I’ve ever seen, but you
might call it a mutt for all its hybrid parts.
The microcontroller is assembled around
an 8085A eight-bit microprocessor.
Thankfully, the book goes into
great detail about the construction of
your new pet from, uh, head, to, er, toe
(including hardware, software, expansion modules for language, hearing and
navigation, so to speak — get the book).
Many problems in the book can be
cast in today’s technology for a more
updated solution and, thereby, a present-day rendition. (It still may not look much
like Fido, but, hey, what were you
expecting? If you weren’t more at home
with robots than cats and dogs, I’m not
sure you’d have read this far, anyway.)
The SoniScan object avoidance
technology, the Excom technology
used to communicate with the robot,
and the Audigen technology that lets
Fido or whatever talk back are the
coolest. Key to emulating behaviors
comparable to those of a house pet is
the Artificially Random Self-Motivation
DaCosta Book Rocks!
Newer doesn’t always mean better. Can your robot hulla hoop?
This truly detailed guide takes you
from start to finish in building your own
robotic pet and programming the little
rabble-rouser, as well. Look for How to
Build Your Own Working Robot Pet,
ISBN 0-8306-9796-9 (hard cover) and 0-
8306-1141-X (paperback), from TAB
Books, published in June, 1979.
Edward L. Safford, Jr.
Safford’s The Complete Handbook
of Robotics brings us information and
representations of the Hughes Aircraft
Mobots, the GE Walking Truck, and the
“Walk Like a Truck”
The Walking Truck finally afforded
us mobility like that of our human legs —
mobility for terrains that wheels couldn’t
surmount. The Walking Truck was a
Manuals, including KIM-1.
Tracking down KIM-1 users.
History of Robots.
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