The Arduino Robot Bonanza

So we’ve recently discussed a number of books on Bits & Pieces including “Arduino and Lego Projects,”Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects,” and “Practical AVR Microcontrollers.”

Today we wanted to talk about “Arduino Robot Bonanza,” written by Gordon McComb. As one can infer from the title, the book explains how to build a variety of robots that roll, walk, talk, crawl, slither – and even sling insults – all with the versatile Arduino microcontroller platform.


According to McComb, the book guides readers, step by step, through the construction of 7 robotic projects.

“Each robot is designed to explore multiple facets of the growing fields of embedded hardware, microcontroller programming, real-world sensory systems and human-machine interaction,” he explained. “All of the projects are affordable and reproducible using parts available from a wide variety of sources.”

Indeed, “Arduino Robot Bonanza” was specifically crafted to help readers get robotic-oriented Arduino projects up and running ASAP. As such, the book methodically details a wide variety of ‘bot builds including:

  • The TestBot
  • Mini kissing bug
  • Animatronic parrot
  • Robot avatar
  • Slithering snake
  • 18-servo WalkerBot
  • PC-based autonomous robot

In addition, the title features illustrated, step-by-step construction instructions and assembly plans, along with tips for adding options, alternatives and customizations. The book also explores the latest embedded technologies, hardware interfacing, wireless data communications, real-time sensory feedback and vision analysis.

All of this, says McComb, encourages readers to further develop their skills in mechanical construction, computer programming, engineering – and perhaps even art and music.

The Kindle edition of “Arduino Robot Bonanza,” can be purchased here on Amazon for $16.50.

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