Owen Bishop introduces, through hands-on project work, the mechanics, electronics and programming involved in practical robot design-and-build. The use of the PIC microcontroller throughout provides a painless introduction to programming whilst harnessing the power of a highly popular microcontroller used by students and design engineers worldwide. This is a book for first-time robot builders, advanced builders wanting to know more about programming robots and students in Further and Higher Education tackling microcontroller-based practical work. They will all find this book a unique and exciting source of projects, ideas and techniques, to be combined into a wide range of fascinating robots.

Key Features

· Full step-by-step instructions for 5 complete self-build robots · Introduces key techniques in electronics, programming and construction - for robust robots that work first time · Illustrations, close-up photographs and a lively, readable text make this a fun and informative guide for novice and experienced robot builders


1) Hobby: electronics hobbyists and ‘Robot Wars’ home-build robot enthusiasts. 2) Students involved in practical microcontroller projects at VocTech and HE level.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Making a robot 1 Robot behaviour 2 Robot mechanics 3 Robot electronics 4 PICs in control 5 PIC programs 6 Projects - Scooter - Android - A robotic toy - Quester - The gantry Index


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About the author

Owen Bishop

Author of over 70 books, mostly electronic and many in the field of science education. Contributor to numerous electronic magazines such as Everyday Practical Electronics, Elektor Electronics, Electronics Australia and Electronics Today International. Former Science Education Advisor in developing countries as staff member of the British Council and as a part of the UN Educational and Scientific Organisation.