Making Things Move – DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists, Dustyn Roberts, McGraw-Hill, 2011
This is a good introduction to building a hobby project such as a lazy susan that moves when you wave your hand. It shows how to build a mechanism from common materials such as aluminum and plastic, and how to control it with a single board embedded micro-controller. The Arduino controller is featured. An example is the SADbot. It is the ‘Seasonally Affected Drawing robot’ which was in the window of a New York gallery. It uses solar energy to power a drawing machine which can interact with people. 350 pages.