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30-Second AI & Robotics - 50 key notions, fields, and events in the rise of intelligent machines, each explained in half a... 30-Second AI & Robotics - 50 key notions, fields, and events in the rise of intelligent machines, each explained in half a minute (Hardcover)
Luis De Miranda
R420 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R119 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This comprehensive presentation of the core concepts and historical landmarks in robotics and artificial intelligence is a must-read for those who want to understand the important changes happening now in our everyday lives, in the workplace, and in our minds and bodies. What is deep in "deep learning"? Can artificial intelligence really think? What will robots really look like in the near future? Is there a new class divide between those who understand technology and those who fear it? A clear and exhaustive introduction for non-specialists, 30-Second AI & Robotics will help the reader to navigate the world of ubiquitous computers, smart cities, and collaborative robots. At last, an optimistic and friendly book about our human possibilities in the time of automata.

Introduction to the Finite Element Method and Implementation with MATLAB (R) (Hardcover): Gang Li Introduction to the Finite Element Method and Implementation with MATLAB (R) (Hardcover)
Gang Li
R2,070 Discovery Miles 20 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Connecting theory with numerical techniques using MATLAB (R), this practical textbook equips students with the tools required to solve finite element problems. This hands-on guide covers a wide range of engineering problems through nine well-structured chapters including solid mechanics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics; equilibrium, steady state and transient; and 1-D, 2-D and 3-D problems. Engineering problems are discussed using case study examples, which are solved using a systematic approach, both by examining the steps manually and by implementing a complete MATLAB (R)code. This topical coverage is supplemented by discourse on meshing with a detailed explanation and implementation of 2-D meshing algorithms. Introducing theory and numerical techniques alongside comprehensive examples this text increases engagement and provides students with the confidence needed to implement their own computer codes to solve given problems.

Optimal Control - Linear Quadratic Methods (Paperback): Brian D. O Anderson, John B Moore Optimal Control - Linear Quadratic Methods (Paperback)
Brian D. O Anderson, John B Moore
R598 R480 Discovery Miles 4 800 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This augmented edition of a respected text teaches the reader how to use linear quadratic Gaussian methods effectively for the design of control systems. It explores linear optimal control theory from an engineering viewpoint, with step-by-step explanations that show clearly how to make practical use of the material.
The three-part treatment begins with the basic theory of the linear regulator/tracker for time-invariant and time-varying systems. The Hamilton-Jacobi equation is introduced using the Principle of Optimality, and the infinite-time problem is considered. The second part outlines the engineering properties of the regulator. Topics include degree of stability, phase and gain margin, tolerance of time delay, effect of nonlinearities, asymptotic properties, and various sensitivity problems. The third section explores state estimation and robust controller design using state-estimate feedback.
Numerous examples emphasize the issues related to consistent and accurate system design. Key topics include loop-recovery techniques, frequency shaping, and controller reduction, for both scalar and multivariable systems. Self-contained appendixes cover matrix theory, linear systems, the Pontryagin minimum principle, Lyapunov stability, and the Riccati equation. Newly added to this Dover edition is a complete solutions manual for the problems appearing at the conclusion of each section.

Springer Handbook of Automation (Mixed media product, 2009 ed.): Shimon Y. Nof Springer Handbook of Automation (Mixed media product, 2009 ed.)
Shimon Y. Nof
R8,331 R7,392 Discovery Miles 73 920 Save R939 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Automation is undergoing a major transformation in scope and dimension and plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and in our daily lives. Engineers combine automated devices with mathematical and organizational tools to create complex systems for a rapidly expanding range of applications and human activities. The Springer Handbook of Automation incorporates these new developments and presents a widespread and well-structured conglomeration of new emerging application areas of automation. Besides manufacturing as a primary application of automation, the handbook contains new application areas such as medical systems and health, transportation, security and maintenance, service, construction and retail as well as production or logistics. This Springer Handbook is not only an ideal resource for automation experts but also for people new to this expanding field such as engineers, computer scientists, designers. It is edited by an internationally renowned and experienced expert.

Chapters in Part A explain the significant influence of automation on our life, on individuals, organizations, and society, in economic terms and context, and impacts of precision, accuracy and reliability with automatic and automated equipment and operations. The theoretical and scientific knowledge about the human role in automation is covered in Part B from the human-oriented and human-centered aspects of automation to be applied and operated by humans, to the human role as supervisor and intelligent controller of automation systems and platforms. This part concludes with analysis and discussion on the limits of automation to the best of our current understanding. Covering automation design from theory to building automation machines, systems, and systems-of-systems, Part C explains the fundamental elements of mechatronics, sensors, robots, and other components useful for automation, and how they are combined with control and automation software, including models and techniques for automation software engineering, and the automation of the design process itself. Chapters in Part D cover the basic design requirements for the automation and illustrate examples of how the challenging issues can be solved for the deign and integration of automation with respect to its main purpose: Continuous and discrete processes and industries, design techniques, criteria and algorithms for flow lines, and integrated automation. Concluding this part is the design for safety of automation, and of automation for safety. The main aspects of automation management are covered by the chapters in Part E: Cost effectiveness and economic reasons for the design, feasibility analysis, implementation, rationalization, use, and maintenance of particular automation; performance and functionality measures and criteria. Related also are the issues of how to manage automatically and control maintenance, replacement, and upgrading. Part F, industrial automation, begins with explanation of machine tool automation, including various types of numerical control (NC), flexible, and precision machinery for production, manufacturing, and assembly, digital and virtual industrial production, to detailed design, guidelines and application of automation in the principal industries, from aerospace and automotive to semi-conductor, mining, food, paper and wood industries. Chapters are also devoted to the design, control and operation of functions common to all industrial automation. Infrastructures and service automation are covered in Part G and it is explained how automation is designed, selected, integrated, justified and applied, its challenges and emerging trends in those areas and in the construction of structures, roads and bridges; of smart buildings, smart roads and intelligent vehicles; cleaning of surfaces, tunnels and sewers; land, air, and space transportation; information, knowledge, learning, training, and library services; and in sports and entertainment. Automation in medical and healthcare systems is covered in Part H and shows the exponential penetration and main contributions of automation to the health and medical well being of individuals and societies. First, the scientific and theoretical foundations of control and automation in biological and biomedical systems and mechanisms are explained, then specific areas are described and analyzed. Available, proven, and emerging automation techniques in healthcare delivery and elimination of hospital and other medical errors are also addressed. Finally, Part I, Home, Office, and Enterprise Automation is about functional automation areas at home, in the office, and in general enterprises, including multi-enterprise networks. Chapters also cover the automation theories, techniques and practice, design, operation, challenges and emerging trends in education and learning, banking, commerce. An important dimension of the material compiled for this part is that it is useful for all other functional areas of automation. The concluding part of this Springer Handbook contains figures and tables with statistical information and summaries about automation applications and impacts in four main areas: industrial automation, service automation, healthcare automation, and financial and e-commerce automation. A rich list of associations and of periodical publications around the world that focus on automation in its variety of related fields is also included for the benefit of readers worldwide.

Throughout the 94 chapters, divided into ten main parts, with 124 tables, 1005 figures, the 168 co-authors present proven knowledge, original analysis, best practices and authoritative expertise.

Plenty of case studies, creative examples and unique illustrations, covering topics of automation from the basics and fundamentals to advanced techniques, cases and theories will serve the readers and benefit the students and researchers, engineers and managers, inventors, investors and developers.

Data-Driven Science and Engineering - Machine Learning, Dynamical Systems, and Control (Hardcover): Steven L. Brunton, J.... Data-Driven Science and Engineering - Machine Learning, Dynamical Systems, and Control (Hardcover)
Steven L. Brunton, J. Nathan Kutz
R1,580 R1,343 Discovery Miles 13 430 Save R237 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Data-driven discovery is revolutionizing the modeling, prediction, and control of complex systems. This textbook brings together machine learning, engineering mathematics, and mathematical physics to integrate modeling and control of dynamical systems with modern methods in data science. It highlights many of the recent advances in scientific computing that enable data-driven methods to be applied to a diverse range of complex systems, such as turbulence, the brain, climate, epidemiology, finance, robotics, and autonomy. Aimed at advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in the engineering and physical sciences, the text presents a range of topics and methods from introductory to state of the art.

PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius (Paperback, Ed): Ron Hackett PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius (Paperback, Ed)
Ron Hackett
R694 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R142 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. WHIP UP SOME FIENDISHLY FUN PICAXE MICROCONTROLLER DEVICES"Ron has worked hard to explain how the PICAXE system operates through simple examples, and I'm sure his easy-to-read style will help many people progress with their PICAXE projects." --From the Foreword by Clive Seager, Revolution Education Ltd. This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to program, build, and debug a variety of PICAXE microcontroller projects. PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius gets you started with programming and I/O interfacing right away, and then shows you how to develop a master processor circuit. From "Hello, World!" to "Hail, Octavius!" All the projects in Part I can be accomplished using either an M or M2 class PICAXE processor, and Part II adds 20X2-based master processor projects to the mix. Part III culminates in the creation of Octavius--a sophisticated robotics experimentation platform featuring a 40X2 master processor and eight breadboard stations which allow you to develop intelligent peripherals to augment Octavius' functioning. The only limit is your imagination! PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius: Features step-by-step instructions and helpful photos and illustrations Allows you to customize each project for your purposes Offers all the programs in the book free for download Removes the frustration factor--all required parts are listed, along with sources Build these and other devious devices: Simple mini-stereo jack adapter USBS-PA3 PICAXE programming adapter Power supply Three-state digital logic probe 20X2 master processor circuit TV-R input module 8-bit parallel 16X2 LCD board Serialized 16X2 LCD Serialized 4X4 matrix keypad SPI 4-digit LED display Countdown timer Programmable, multi-function peripheral device and operating system Octavius--advanced robotics experimentation platform L298 dual DC motor controller board Each fun, inexpensive Evil Genius project includes a detailed list of materials, sources for parts, schematics, and lots of clear, well-illustrated instructions for easy assembly. The larger workbook-style layout and convenient two-column format make following the step-by-step instructions a breeze. Make Great Stuff! TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

Self-Learning Control of Finite Markov Chains (Hardcover): Kaddour Najim, E. Gomez-Ramirez Self-Learning Control of Finite Markov Chains (Hardcover)
Kaddour Najim, E. Gomez-Ramirez
R2,602 Discovery Miles 26 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Presents a number of new and potentially useful self-learning (adaptive) control algorithms and theoretical as well as practical results for both unconstrained and constrained finite Markov chains-efficiently processing new information by adjusting the control strategies directly or indirectly.

Robot memory game (Cards): Mieke Gerritzen Robot memory game (Cards)
Mieke Gerritzen
R423 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R138 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Robot Memory Game gives an overview of the many areas robots appear in our society. All robot domains will get a description to explain the robot on the latest developments and reason they exist. The introduction faces the position of the robot in our human environment. All memory sets will contain two different examples.

Optimal Control - An Introduction to the Theory and Its Applications (Paperback): Michael Athans, Peter L Falb Optimal Control - An Introduction to the Theory and Its Applications (Paperback)
Michael Athans, Peter L Falb
R1,082 R842 Discovery Miles 8 420 Save R240 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Geared toward advanced undergraduate and graduate engineering students, this text introduces the theory and applications of optimal control. It serves as a bridge to the technical literature, enabling students to evaluate the implications of theoretical control work, and to judge the merits of papers on the subject.
Rather than presenting an exhaustive treatise, "Optimal Control" offers a detailed introduction that fosters careful thinking and disciplined intuition. It develops the basic mathematical background, with a coherent formulation of the control problem and discussions of the necessary conditions for optimality based on the maximum principle of Pontryagin. In-depth examinations cover applications of the theory to minimum time, minimum fuel, and to quadratic criteria problems. The structure, properties, and engineering realizations of several optimal feedback control systems also receive attention.
Special features include numerous specific problems, carried through to engineering realization in block diagram form. The text treats almost all current examples of control problems that permit analytic solutions, and its unified approach makes frequent use of geometric ideas to encourage students' intuition.

Robotics Demystified (Paperback, Ed): Edwin Wise Robotics Demystified (Paperback, Ed)
Edwin Wise
R599 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

There's no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

McGraw-Hill's "Demystified" titles are the most efficient, interestingly written, brush-ups you can find. Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams. You'll be able to learn more in less time, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and reinforce your knowledge and confidence.

This complete self-teaching guide takes an introductory approach to robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their own robot.

Arduino Projects For Dummies (Paperback): Brock Craft Arduino Projects For Dummies (Paperback)
Brock Craft 3
R531 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R142 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Discover all the amazing things you can do with Arduino

Arduino is a programmable circuit board that is being used by everyone from scientists, programmers, and hardware hackers to artists, designers, hobbyists, and engineers in order to add interactivity to objects and projects and experiment with programming and electronics. This easy-to-understand book is an ideal place to start if you are interested in learning more about Arduino's vast capabilities. Featuring an array of cool projects, this Arduino beginner guide walks you through every step of each of the featured projects so that you can acquire a clear understanding of the different aspects of the Arduino board.Introduces Arduino basics to provide you with a solid foundation of understanding before you tackle your first projectFeatures a variety of fun projects that show you how to do everything from automating your garden's watering system to constructing a keypad entry system, installing a tweeting cat flap, building a robot car, and much moreProvides an easy, hands-on approach to learning more about electronics, programming, and interaction design for Makers of all ages

"Arduino Projects For Dummies" is your guide to turning everyday electronics and plain old projects into incredible innovations.Get Connected To find out more about Brock Craft and his recent Arduino creations, visit www.facebook.com/ArduinoProjectsForDummies

Siemens Step 7 (TIA Portal) Programming, a Practical Approach (Paperback): David Deeg, Jon Stenerson Siemens Step 7 (TIA Portal) Programming, a Practical Approach (Paperback)
David Deeg, Jon Stenerson
R895 R847 Discovery Miles 8 470 Save R48 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Computer-Controlled Systems - Theory and Design (Paperback, 3rd edition): Karl Johan Astrom, Bjorn Wittenmark Computer-Controlled Systems - Theory and Design (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Karl Johan Astrom, Bjorn Wittenmark
R636 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R168 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Practically all modern control systems are based upon microprocessors and complex microcontrollers that yield high performance and functionality. This volume focuses on the design of computer-controlled systems, featuring computational tools that can be applied directly and are explained with simple paper-and-pencil calculations. The use of computational tools is balanced by a strong emphasis on control system principles and ideas. Extensive pedagogical aids include worked examples, MATLAB macros, and a solutions manual (see inside for details).
The initial chapter presents a broad outline of computer-controlled systems, followed by a computer-oriented view based on the behavior of the system at sampling instants. An introduction to the design of control systems leads to a process-related view and coverage of methods of translating analog designs to digital control. Concluding chapters explore implementation issues and advanced design methods.

Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (Hardcover): John Baillieul, Tariq Samad Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (Hardcover)
John Baillieul, Tariq Samad
R23,937 Discovery Miles 239 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Encyclopedia of Systems and Control collects a broad range of short expository articles that describe the current state of the art in the central topics of control and systems engineering as well as in many of the related fields in which control is an enabling technology. The editors have assembled the most comprehensive reference possible, and this has been greatly facilitated by the publisher's commitment continuously to publish updates to the articles as they become available in the future. Although control engineering is now a mature discipline, it remains an area in which there is a great deal of research activity, and as new developments in both theory and applications become available, they will be included in the online version of the encyclopedia. A carefully chosen team of leading authorities in the field has written the well over 250 articles that comprise the work. The topics range from basic principles of feedback in servomechanisms to advanced topics such as the control of Boolean networks and evolutionary game theory. Because the content has been selected to reflect both foundational importance as well as subjects that are of current interest to the research and practitioner communities, a broad readership that includes students, application engineers, and research scientists will find material that is of interest.

Control Engineering - Theory, Worked Examples and Problems (Paperback): Ruth V. Buckley Control Engineering - Theory, Worked Examples and Problems (Paperback)
Ruth V. Buckley
R2,389 Discovery Miles 23 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dynamics and Control of Autonomous Space Vehicles and Robotics (Hardcover): Ranjan Vepa Dynamics and Control of Autonomous Space Vehicles and Robotics (Hardcover)
Ranjan Vepa
R2,841 R2,661 Discovery Miles 26 610 Save R180 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Presenting the established principles underpinning space robotics (conservation of momentum and energy, stability) with a thorough and modern approach, chapters build from general physical foundations through an extensive treatment of kinematics of multi-body systems, and then to conservation principles in dynamics. The latter part of the book focuses on real-life applications related to space systems. Drawing upon years of practical experience and using numerous solved examples, illustrative applications and MATLAB, the author includes: an explanation of basic space mechanics and the dynamics of space vehicles; a rigorous treatment of conservation and variational principles in dynamics and in control theory that can be applied to a range of space vehicles and robotic systems; and a systematic presentation of the application of dynamics and control theory to real spacecraft systems.

Springer Handbook of Robotics (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2017): Bruno Siciliano, Oussama Khatib Springer Handbook of Robotics (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2017)
Bruno Siciliano, Oussama Khatib
R7,673 R6,818 Discovery Miles 68 180 Save R855 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The second edition of this handbook provides a state-of-the-art overview on the various aspects in the rapidly developing field of robotics. Reaching for the human frontier, robotics is vigorously engaged in the growing challenges of new emerging domains. Interacting, exploring, and working with humans, the new generation of robots will increasingly touch people and their lives. The credible prospect of practical robots among humans is the result of the scientific endeavour of a half a century of robotic developments that established robotics as a modern scientific discipline. The ongoing vibrant expansion and strong growth of the field during the last decade has fueled this second edition of the Springer Handbook of Robotics. The first edition of the handbook soon became a landmark in robotics publishing and won the American Association of Publishers PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics as well as the organization's Award for Engineering & Technology. The second edition of the handbook, edited by two internationally renowned scientists with the support of an outstanding team of seven part editors and more than 200 authors, continues to be an authoritative reference for robotics researchers, newcomers to the field, and scholars from related disciplines. The contents have been restructured to achieve four main objectives: the enlargement of foundational topics for robotics, the enlightenment of design of various types of robotic systems, the extension of the treatment on robots moving in the environment, and the enrichment of advanced robotics applications. Further to an extensive update, fifteen new chapters have been introduced on emerging topics, and a new generation of authors have joined the handbook's team. A novel addition to the second edition is a comprehensive collection of multimedia references to more than 700 videos, which bring valuable insight into the contents. The videos can be viewed directly augmented into the text with a smartphone or tablet using a unique and specially designed app. Springer Handbook of Robotics Multimedia Extension Portal: http://handbookofrobotics.org/

Automating with STEP 7 in STL and SCL - SIMATIC S7-300/400 Programmable Controllers (Hardcover, 6th Edition): Hans Berger Automating with STEP 7 in STL and SCL - SIMATIC S7-300/400 Programmable Controllers (Hardcover, 6th Edition)
Hans Berger
R1,817 R1,527 Discovery Miles 15 270 Save R290 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

SIMATIC is the worldwide established automation system for implementing industrial control systems for machines, manufacturing plants and industrial processes. Relevant open-loop and closed-loop control tasks are formulated in various programming languages with the programming software STEP 7.
Now in its sixth edition, this book gives an introduction into the latest version of engineering software STEP 7 (basic version) . It describes elements and applications of text-oriented programming languages statement list (STL) and structured control language (SCL) for use with both SIMATIC S7-300 and SIMATIC S7-400, including the new applications with PROFINET and for communication over industrial Ethernet. It is aimed at all users of SIMATIC S7 controllers.
First-time users are introduced to the field of programmable controllers, while advanced users learn about specific applications of the SIMATIC S7 automation system.
All programming examples found in the book - and even a few extra examples - are available at the download area of the publisher's website.

How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls - Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future (Hardcover): David Hu How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls - Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future (Hardcover)
David Hu
R597 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Discovering the secrets of animal movement and what they can teach us Insects walk on water, snakes slither, and fish swim. Animals move with astounding grace, speed, and versatility: how do they do it, and what can we learn from them? In How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls, David Hu takes readers on an accessible, wondrous journey into the world of animal motion. From basement labs at MIT to the rain forests of Panama, Hu shows how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling and ingenious. In turn, the latest discoveries about animal mechanics are inspiring scientists to invent robots and devices that move with similar elegance and efficiency. Hu follows scientists as they investigate a multitude of animal movements, from the undulations of sandfish and the way that dogs shake off water in fractions of a second to the seemingly crash-resistant characteristics of insect flight. Not limiting his exploration to individual organisms, Hu describes the ways animals enact swarm intelligence, such as when army ants cooperate and link their bodies to create bridges that span ravines. He also looks at what scientists learn from nature's unexpected feats-such as snakes that fly, mosquitoes that survive rainstorms, and dead fish that swim upstream. As researchers better understand such issues as energy, flexibility, and water repellency in animal movement, they are applying this knowledge to the development of cutting-edge technology. Integrating biology, engineering, physics, and robotics, How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls demystifies the remarkable mechanics behind animal locomotion.

10 Short Lessons in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (Hardcover): Peter J. Bentley 10 Short Lessons in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (Hardcover)
Peter J. Bentley 1
R284 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R51 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'A lucid, balanced and engaging tour of one of the most important phenomena of this century.' - Steven Pinker

From the face recognition on your smartphone to the management of our global economy, you cannot live in the modern world without interacting with, or being impacted by, artificial intelligence and robots. But how did this happen? And what does it mean for our lives now and in the future? Is it helping to change our world for the better or creating new problems? 10 Short Lessons in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics examines these key questions and more in this essential guide to the twenty-first century's most powerful technology.

About the series: The Pocket Einstein series is a collection of essential pocket-sized guides for anyone looking to understand a little more about some of the most relevant science that affects us all in the twenty-first century. Broken down into ten simple lessons and written by leading experts in their field, discover the ten most important takeaways from those areas of science we should all know more about.

Pathways to mechatronic systems: Fet level 2: Textbook (Paperback): Pathways to mechatronic systems: Fet level 2: Textbook (Paperback)
R396 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Generation Robot - A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation (Paperback): Terri Favro Generation Robot - A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation (Paperback)
Terri Favro
R363 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For Fans of Mary Roach, a Sweetly Nostalgic and Enlightening Exploration of Futures Past, Present, and Still to Come Generation Robot covers a century of science fiction, fact, and speculation-from the 1950 publication of Isaac Asimov's seminal robot masterpiece, I, Robot, to the 2050 Singularity when artificial and human intelligence are predicted to merge. Beginning with a childhood informed by pop-culture robots in movies, in comic books, and on TV in the 1960s, to adulthood where the possibilities of self-driving cars and virtual reality are daily conversation, Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time. Peppered with pop-culture fun-facts about Superman's kryptonite, the human-machine relationships in the cult TV show Firefly, and the sexual and moral implications of the film Ex Machina, Generation Robot explores how the techno-triumphs and resulting anxieties of reality bleed into the fantasies of our collective culture. Clever and accessible, Generation Robot isn't just for the serious, scientific reader-it's for everyone interested in robotics and technology since their science-fiction origins. By looking back at the future she once imagined, analyzing the plugged-in present, and speculating on what is on the horizon, Terri Favro allows readers the chance to consider what was, what is, and what could be. This is a captivating book that looks at the pop-culture of our society to explain how the world works-now and tomorrow.

Make: Volume 66 (Paperback): Mike Senese Make: Volume 66 (Paperback)
Mike Senese
R229 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R58 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We're excited to present our "2019 Make: Digital Fabrication Guide"! This year we get our hands on maker-ready waterjet cutters with machines from Wazer and Omax. We also review the latest 3D printers, CNC routers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters. More than 20 tools tested to help you find the best one for your shop or makerspace. Plus, more than 30 DigiFab projects and lessons: Build a robot companion that reacts to the faces of people around you Make Nixie tube-style display with LEDs and acrylic Create a mini Intaglio printing press and create unique artwork and much more.

Robot Modeling and Control (Hardcover, 2nd Edition): Mark Spong, Seth Hutchinson, M. Vidyasagar Robot Modeling and Control (Hardcover, 2nd Edition)
Mark Spong, Seth Hutchinson, M. Vidyasagar
R3,377 Discovery Miles 33 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A New Edition Featuring Case Studies and Examples of the Fundamentals of Robot Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control In the 2nd Edition of Robot Modeling and Control, students will cover the theoretical fundamentals and the latest technological advances in robot kinematics. With so much advancement in technology, from robotics to motion planning, society can implement more powerful and dynamic algorithms than ever before. This in-depth reference guide educates readers in four distinct parts; the first two serve as a guide to the fundamentals of robotics and motion control, while the last two dive more in-depth into control theory and nonlinear system analysis. With the new edition, readers gain access to new case studies and thoroughly researched information covering topics such as: Motion-planning, collision avoidance, trajectory optimization, and control of robots Popular topics within the robotics industry and how they apply to various technologies An expanded set of examples, simulations, problems, and case studies Open-ended suggestions for students to apply the knowledge to real-life situations A four-part reference essential for both undergraduate and graduate students, Robot Modeling and Control serves as a foundation for a solid education in robotics and motion planning.

Fundamentals of Linear Control - A Concise Approach (Hardcover): Mauricio C. De Oliveira Fundamentals of Linear Control - A Concise Approach (Hardcover)
Mauricio C. De Oliveira
R2,100 Discovery Miles 21 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Taking a different approach from standard thousand-page reference-style control textbooks, Fundamentals of Linear Control provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the analysis and design of feedback control systems in fewer than 400 pages. The text focuses on classical methods for dynamic linear systems in the frequency domain. The treatment is, however, modern and the reader is kept aware of contemporary tools and techniques, such as state space methods and robust and nonlinear control. Featuring fully worked design examples, richly illustrated chapters, and an extensive set of homework problems and examples spanning across the text for gradual challenge and perspective, this textbook is an excellent choice for senior-level courses in systems and control or as a complementary reference in introductory graduate level courses. The text is designed to appeal to a broad audience of engineers and scientists interested in learning the main ideas behind feedback control theory.

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