Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi

Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi

Build and Code Your Own Moving, Sensing, Thinking Robots
by Matt Timmons-Brown
January 2019, 240 pp.
Full color

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Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi will take you from inexperienced maker to robot builder. You’ll start off building a two-wheeled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi minicomputer and then program it using Python, the world’s most popular programming language. Gradually, you’ll improve your robot by adding increasingly advanced functionality until it can follow lines, avoid obstacles, and even recognize objects of a certain size and color using computer vision.

Learn how to:

  • Control your robot remotely using only a Wii remote
  • Teach your robot to use sensors to avoid obstacles
  • Program your robot to follow a line autonomously
  • Customize your robot with LEDs and speakers to make it light up and play sounds
  • See what your robot sees with a Pi Camera

As you work through the book, you’ll learn fundamental electronics skills like how to wire up parts, use resistors and regulators, and determine how much power your robot needs. By the end, you’ll have learned the basics of coding in Python and know enough about working with hardware like LEDs, motors, and sensors to expand your creations beyond simple robots.

Requirements: Raspberry Pi and Python 3

Author Bio 

Matt Timmons-Brown runs the world’s most-popular Raspberry Pi YouTube channel, “The Raspberry Pi Guy” (www.youtube.com/theraspberrypiguy) with well over 5 million views. He is a Computer Science student at the University of Edinburgh and is from Cambridge, UK.

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Getting Up and Running
Chapter 2: Electronics Basics
Chapter 3: Building Your Robot
Chapter 4: Making Your Robot Move
Chapter 5: Obstacle Avoidance
Chapter 6: Adding RGB LEDs and Sound
Chapter 7: Line Following
Chapter 8: Computer Vision: Follow a Colored Ball
Appendix A: Next Steps
Appendix B: Raspberry Pi GPIO Diagram
Appendix C: Resistor Guide
Appendix D: How to Solder
Appendix E: Run Program on Startup

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