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Building Smart LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robots

By : Kyle Markland
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Building Smart LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robots

By: Kyle Markland

Overview of this book

Smart robots are an ever-increasing part of our daily lives. With LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, you can now prototype your very own small-scale smart robot that uses specialized programming and hardware to complete a mission. EV3 is a robotics platform for enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels that makes prototyping robots accessible to all. This book will walk you through six different projects that range from intermediate to advanced level. The projects will show you building and programming techniques that are used by engineers in the real world, which will help you build your own smart robot. You'll see how to make the most of the EV3 robotics platform and build some awesome smart robots. The book starts by introducing some real-world examples of smart robots. Then, we'll walk you through six different projects and explain the features that allow these robots to make intelligent decisions. The book will guide you as you build your own object-tracking tank, a box-climbing robot, an interactive robotic shark, a quirky bipedal robot, a speedy remote control race car, and a GPS-navigating robot. By the end of this book, you'll have the skills necessary to build and program your own smart robots with EV3.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)


Let's quickly recap what we have learned in this chapter.

We learned that a smart robot is any robot that incorporates some level of intelligence in the form of autonomous decision making. A smart robot uses sensors to make an observation about the outside world, then makes a decision based on an observation according to its programming.

We applied our definition of a smart robot to two real-world examples: a robotic vacuum cleaner and an autonomous car. We discussed the ways in which both fulfill each of the criteria for consideration as a smart robot.

We discussed why we will use the EV3 robotics platform for prototyping the smart robotic projects in this book.

Finally, we listed the six projects that are included in this book. We talked about the cool things each of these robots can do and how they help us understand smart robots in the real world.

In the next chapter, we will dive into our first project, the Security Tank!