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Mechatronics for the Evil Genius / Edition 1

Mechatronics for the Evil Genius / Edition 1

by Newton C. Braga
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If you're fascinated by electronics and mechanics, this hands-on tour of the junction where they meet will bring you hours of fun and learning. Noted electronics author Newton Braga's Mechatronics for the Evil Genius guides you step by step through 25 complete, intriguing, yet inexpensive projects developed especially for this book.

You will build your own mechanical race car, combat robot, ionic motor, mechatronic head, light beam remote control, and 20 other entertaining learning projects that take you to the heart of mechatronics.

More than just hours of entertainment, these stimulating projects provide a solid grounding in mechatronics, the discipline at the core of robotics where electronics, mechanics, and other sciences merge. Each experiment builds on those before it so you develop a hands-on, practical understanding of mechatronics. You don't need to know electronics or mechanics to get started. But by the end, you'll be showing off your own exciting projects!


  • Introduces you to mechatronics step-by-step — you don't need to be a electromechanical whiz to get started, but you will be when you're finished
  • Teaches all the skills you need for the projects, including how to solder, recognize components, and read schematics
  • Provides complete lists of tools and parts — all of them inexpensive and easily obtained
  • Vividly explains the mechanics, electronics, and science underlying each project
  • Gives you fully illustrated,step-by-step directions that build your skills, one small increment at a time
  • Provides directions for 25 tantalizing projects, including a robotic arm, an electronic cannon, a coin tosser, an analog computer, and many more
  • Helps you develop skills you can bring to other hobby projects, such as more sophisticated robots
  • Encourages you to improvise with secondary components to devise your own unique creations
  • Suggests related activities for customization and going steps beyond

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071457590
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2005
Series: Evil Genius Series
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 672,413
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Newton Braga is one of the most famous electronics authors in the world. An educator and writer in computer science and related technologies, he has written over 90 books and contributed more than 2000 articles to magazines in Brazil, Spain, the Untied States, Portugal, Japan, Argentina, and other countries. He name is internationally synonymous with electronics, and McGraw-Hill is proud to add his name to the popular Evil Genius series.

Table of Contents

Section One: Preparing the Reader
Section Two: The Technology Used in the Projects
Section Three: The Projects

Project 1 -- Mechatronic Race Car

Project 2 -- RoboCom: A Combat Robot

Project 3 -- Using a PWM Motor Control

Project 4 -- Ionic Motor

Project 5 -- Experimental Galvanometer

Project 6 -- Experimenting with Electromagnets

Project 7 -- Electronic Potentiometer

Project 8 -- Experiments with Eolic Generators

Project 9 -- Electronic Cannon

Project 10 -- Experiments with Lissajous Figures Generated by a Laser

Project 11 -- Analog Computer

Project 12 -- Touch-Controlled Motor

Project 13 -- Mechatronic Elevator

Project 14 -- Stepper Motor Control

Project 15 -- Magic Motion Machine

Project 16 -- Test Your Nerves

Project 17 -- Robot with Sensors

Project 18 -- SMA Experimental Robotic Arm

Project 19 -- Position Sensor

Project 20 -- Light-Beam Remote Control

Project 21 -- Mechatronic Airboat

Project 22 -- Coin Tosser

Project 23 -- The Challenge of the Mechatronic Timer

Project 24 -- Experimental PLC

Project 25 -- The Mechatronic Talking Head

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