The topic of microcontroller programming and interfacing has been expanded and integrated more throughout the book.
New threaded design examples appear throughout the book. The designs are presented incrementally as pertinent material is covered in the book.
A new, detailed case study, involving myoelectyric control of a robotic arm, has been added.
Visual icons are included throughout the book marking cross-references to extensive online resources including video demonstrations, MathCAD examples, laboratory exercises, and Internet links to useful information.
The book website has been expanded and improved and is now closely integrated with the textbook.
The data acquisition chapter has been expanded and modernized, and it includes a brief introduction to LabView.
A new section introduces control theory and its application to mechatronic systems.
A supplemental laboratory manual with exercises is now available and coordinated with textbook material.
Corrected all errors found in the second edition.
Improved wording and descriptions throughout the book.
Expanded the introduction to mechatronic systems by including and discussing photographs and video clips of various examples.
Added labeled photographs of actual components throughout the book.
Added more end-of-chapter questions throughout the book.
Expanded and improved the design procedure for microcontroller-based system design.