Friday, October 31, 2008

Mechatronics for the Evil Genius

The popular evil genius format provides hobbyists with a fun and inexpensive way to learn Mechatronics (the merger of electronics and mechanics) via 25 complete projects.
Projects include: mechanical race car, combat robot, ionic motor, electromagnet, robotic arm, light beam remote control, and more Includes “parts lists” and “tool bin” for each project Covers all the preparation needed to begin building, such as “how to solder,” “how to recognize components and diagrams, “how to read a schematic,” etc. Summary: Box Kit in a bookRating: 2I was hoping that this book actually offered more explanation on the design and application of mechatronics. It is basically a book of science fair projects for 12-18 year olds. It offers very little (if any) actual instruction on the components or the reasons why they are used. You will need a pretty good understanding of electronics before you venture into this book. I am going to have to find a good, basic book on electronic components and design before I can venture into this entire series. Summary: Simple Electronic & Basic Mechanic Projects for SchoolsRating: 3This book is pitched at the Grade 10 to 12 student in a secondary school. Unfortunately,this is not clear from the title. The focus is on the electronics side. It does not go into robotics and what “mechanical” components shown are very basic. Having said the above the content IS very suitable for the secondary student without getting bogged in the maths of electronics.

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