No Starch Press Homemade Robots
No Starch Press Homemade Robots

Homemade Robots

By Randy Sarafan


Publication Date: August 10, 2021

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Ages 10 And Up, Grades 5 And Up

Homemade Robots teaches total beginners how to quickly and easily build 10 mobile, autonomous bots with simple tools and common household materials. A Perfect DIY STEAM adventure for the electronically curious.

Homemade Robots is a hands-on beginner’s guide for using common household materials to build a wide range of mobile, autonomous bots. Creative and easy-to-follow, all 10 projects are designed for maximum fun, with relatively minimal effort – no electronics experience necessary!

From the walking Wobbler to the rolling Barreler, each bot is a self-driving mechanical wonder with a unique personality. There’s the ingenious Inchworm Bot, made out of aluminum rulers, and Skitter, a street sweeper-like bot that buffs the floors as it moves. There are bots that press their own switches to change direction, and a Sail Bot that adjusts its pathway based on the wind. But for all their differences, every one of the book’s bot projects has the following things in common:

• They are quick and easy to build with readily available materials

• They are easy to understand and don’t require a microcontroller or computer code

• They are expandable, allowing you to mod them with more complex controls later

The author’s hacker approach to sculptural robotics will appeal to builders of all ages, who will learn basic electronics, become comfortable with tools and familiar with mechanical systems, and gain the confidence to further explore the wide world of robotics waiting to be discovered.

About the Author

Randy Sarafan has been working for for more than a decade and has published 300+ how-to articles for the web, book compilations and magazines on a wide range of subjects – from giant rideable robots to chamomile ice cream. He also runs the Instructables Community Team, creates online classes, and is the author of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer (Workman Publishing).

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Monsey, NY

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 192 pages

Publisher: No Starch Press

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

ISBN: 9781718500235

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