Build your first robots with Python and some cheap, basic components. This entertaining book guides you step by step!
In Build Your Own Robot you’ll learn how to:
Use cameras to capture photos and let your robot see
Track faces using computer vision and OpenCV
Control DC motors to drive your robot around
Create a web-based app to control your robot over a network
Write code for joysticks
Read QR codes with your robot to find and identify objects
Build Your Own Robot introduces you to the exciting world of robotics. Your robot isn’t just theory. Beginning in chapter 2 you’ll write code to make your robot move and respond to touch sensors. The book gives accessible advice on available hardware and free open source software that makes creating a robot fun and affordable. You’ll soon be playing with a machine that can take photos, fetch items, search for a QR code, and more!
about the technology
There’s nothing quite like watching your code come alive in the real world. Robotics is a fun, fascinating discipline that lets you do just that. In this guide, you’ll build some fun robotic toys that will teach you serious robotics engineering skills like computer vision, networking, and computation.
about the book
Build Your Own Robot is a DIY guide for bringing your first Python-based robots to life. Start with the basics, teaching your new friend how to spin, move around, and find its way. You’ll then quickly progress to controlling your robot remotely using your phone, computer, or joystick. You’ll even set up a camera to broadcast what it sees right to your computer screen. Clever computer vision tricks will get your bot tracking faces, looking for QR codes, and maybe even fetching some snacks.
about the reader
For Python programmers. No previous experience in robotics required.
about the author
Marwan Alsabbagh is a seasoned software developer. He studied mathematics and computer science at McGill University, and is passionate about building projects using Python, microcontrollers, and robotics.