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Recommended Books and Magazines
This list of recommended books, magazines, and other hardcopy reference materials is a good starting place for your robotics project. I have used or know someone who has used all of the items listed, and I can recommend them with confidence. The items listed below are linked to online bookstores, where you can order and receive the books within days.
I've rated the books for content and relevance to the course. My rating system is pretty simple: okay, good, and excellent. I'm not listing reference material that isn't useful, so you can be sure that your money won't be wasted. Before buying anything, please shop around (eBay, amazon, barnesandnoble, chapters, etc) to get a good deal.
Aram Salehi (a student from last year's course) mentioned that you can find e-coupons at http://www.techbargains.com, which can give you 30% off orders of $40 or more. Some students have received books in less than three days.
The recommendations are broken up into the following sections:
Web Links and Other Resources
This collection of web links and comments is excellent reading material
for technical reference, design ideas, or as inspirational material. The
links are seperated into the following sections:
This is a list of local places to find motors, electronic devices, and etc. Some suppliers may require you to buy in bulk, or will not have accurate stock lists because they deal in used parts. You won't pay duty, and you can get the goods right away.
Browse the suppliers in these categories:
Recommended Papers and Publications
This list of academic papers and other publications are all excellent reading material for anyone consider the design and construction of a small mobile robot. I've read all the papers listed below (and many more not listed!), and I can recommend them with confidence. Most of the papers listed below use Adobe's free PDF format.
I've rated the papers for content and relevance to the course. My rating system is pretty simple: okay, good, and excellent. I'm not listing reference material that isn't useful, so you can be sure that your time won't be wasted.