Apple II-IIe robotic arm projects. (book reviews) Russ Lockwood.
In the "In Real Time" column of the April 1985 issue, we examined some uses of personal computers at the Kearfott division of Singer Co. One of these was an Apple-powered robotic arm used to research the use of robotics on industrial assembly lines. This book, for those with drive and skill, discusses how to construct a small-scale, Apple-controlled robot arm.
John Blankenship, senior professor at DeVry Institute of Technology, has taken much of this "project" from his teaching experience. He examines the theories and practices of construction, provides Basic programs to control the arm, and lists sources for parts. For those who lack the time and money to build their own arm, Blankenship includes several programs that create a video simulation of robotic arm manipulation.
Blankenship serves up a practical guide to constructing and experimenting with robotic arms. Be forewarned, however, this book is only for the true robotics aficionado.
Review Grade: A