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A robot is a programmable mechanical device that can perform tasks and interact with its environment, without the aid of human interaction. Robotics is the science and technology behind the design, manufacturing, and application of robots.

These technologies are used to develop machines that can be a substitute for humans. Robots can be used in any situation and for any purpose, but today many are used in dangerous environments, manufacturing processes.

If you want to start making robots and looking for some books that can help you to start your journey, then this article will be helpful to you. Here I've listed some of the best robotics books of 2020 in this field. Take a close look and see what you find!

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Author: Martin Ford
Published at: 12/07/2016
ISBN: 0465097537

What is the profession you want to take in the future, is it a white-collar job or blue collar? Well, as technology continues to grow and humans are replaced by machines, it's time to rethink.

In the future, fewer people will be necessary because robots and artificial intelligence are already well on their way to make "good jobs" obsolete. This advancement of technology may cause havoc. The result can be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself.

Rise of the Robots is an essential read to understand the impact of accelerating technology on our economic prospects.

What you'll learn:

  • The history of automation
  • Analyzing our present technological improvements
  • The role of information technology in the job fields
  • The risks of white collar jobs
  • Transforming higher education perspective for a secure future
  • Technologies and industries of future
  • Super intelligence and singularity
  • The new economic paradigm made by technology

Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics from Beginner to Expert
Author: Peter Mckinnon
Published at: 28/01/2016
ISBN: 1523731516

Do robots fascinates you? Do you want to build your own robot? If so, you’ll be delighted with Robotics- the book that explains almost all the aspects of robotics to make you an expert from a beginner.

With this book, you’ll learn the history of robotics, the 3 Rules, and meet the very first robots.

What you'll learn:

  • Essential hardware components of robots: - Analog and Digital Brains
  • DC, Servo, and Stepper Motors 
  • Bump Sensors and Light Sensors
  • Software basics of RoboCORE
  • How you can construct an Autonomous Wall Climbing Robot
  • Materials for building your own robot
  • Important circuit schematics
  • Cognitive robotics
  • Cloud robotics and Autonomous robotics

Robotics: Discover The Robotic Innovations Of The Future - An Introductory Guide to Robotics
Author: Dr. Kevin Klein
Published at: 02/04/2016
ISBN: 1530859085

What do you think of robots?  Many people think of a metallic, human looking, machine when they think of a robot. The reality these days is a little less dramatic than that.

In appearance, modern robots are often complex limbs or moving tools. In this book, the idea of robots is clearly explained to make you understand the different aspects of robotics. 

If you are interested in the future, history and present state of robotics, then this book is a must-read for you.

What you'll learn:

  • A brief overview of robotics
  • The history of robotics
  • Three key aspects of robots-form, electrical components, and computer codes
  • The uses of robots
  • The benefits of using robots instead of human
  • Careers in robotics and which one you should choose
  • Research in robotics
  • The future of robotics

Robot Programming: A Guide to Controlling Autonomous Robots
Author: Cameron Hughes,Tracey Hughes
Published at: 22/05/2016
ISBN: 0789755009
This is a unique book on robot programming to execute tasks autonomously. This guide offers practical approaches and techniques to program robot sensors, motors, and translate your ideas into tasks that a robot can execute autonomously.

Through easy and hands-on examples, learn how to program your own robots.

 What you'll learn:

  • Programming robot sensors and motors
  • Programming a robot arm to perform a task
  • Designing the robot’s tasks in an environment by developing  an R.S.V.P. (Robot Scenario Visual Planning)
  • Safe Autonomous Robot Application Architecture approach to program robots safely
  • Programming robots with Arduino C/C++ and Java languages
  • Programming  LEGO® Mindstorms EV3, Arduino, and other ARM7 and ARM9-based robots
  • Building your first autonomous robot

Making Simple Robots: Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics with Everyday Stuff
Author: Kathy Ceceri
Published at: 02/03/2015
ISBN: 1457183633

Making Simple Robots is based on the idea that anyone can build a robot. If you are curious enough, no matter what you know about robots, you still can build something using your everyday stuff. It is an easily understandable book for everyone.

With this guide, you'll be able to move beyond the basic craft skills and materials to the latest products and tools being used by artists and inventors.

What you'll learn:

  • Making an inflatable robot
  • Programming a rag doll that blinks its cyborg's eye
  • Making a swarm of gliding Vibrobots
  • Building a solar beam Wobbleboat
  • Making your own chatbot program
  • Making a Fibrebot, an E-textile Arduino robot
  • Building a plotter robot 

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots
Author: Gareth Branwyn
Published at: 29/09/2003
ISBN: 0789729717

This is a complete beginner book to help those people who don't know the first thing about robotics. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots is an easy-to-understand, well-written, and engaging guide truly for the beginners.

With fascinating facts about robots, it will help you to understand all the basic ideas of robotics and build your own robots. Besides, it provides the resources and skills you need to advance in the field of robotics.

What you'll learn:

  • Basic concepts of robotics
  • The general structure of a robot
  • Necessary tools and equipment to build robots
  • Important techniques to build working robots
  • Building a coat hanging walker
  • Building a disk-rover robot
  • Fundamentals of robot hardware and software

Robot Modeling and Control
Author: Mark W. Spong,Seth Hutchinson,M. Vidyasagar
Published at: 18/11/2005
ISBN: 0471649902

Robot Modeling and Control is for those who are studying or working in the field of robotics. This book offers a thoroughly updated introduction to robotics.

It follows a step-by-step computational approach to help you derive and compute the forward kinematics, inverse kinematics, and Jacobians for the most common robot designs. With numerous examples, it provides detailed coverage of vision and visual servo control that enables you to program robots to manipulate objects sensed by cameras.

What you'll learn:

  • Mathematical modeling of robots
  • Mechanical aspects of robots
  • Common kinematic arrangements
  • Rigid motions and homogenous transformation
  • Forward and inverse kinematics
  • Velocity kinematics
  • Path and trajectory planning
  • Multivariable control
  • Geometric non-linear control
  • Vision-based control

Author: Kathy Ceceri
Published at: 01/08/2012
ISBN: 1936749750
Named to the 2012 Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" Reading List for Informational Books for Older Readers, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future is a fun and educational introduction to the exciting field of designing, building, and operating robots. Along with background material and clear explanations of how robots work, Robotics features step-by-step instructions for building real robot models using ordinary craft materials and parts salvaged from recycled toys and other household devices. 

Budding roboticists will learn how to create work for robot's hands, hydraulic arms, sensors, solar-powered robots, light-seeking robots and more. A great way to get kids interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), the activities encourage kids to use all their talents to come up with creative solutions to tricky problems and figure out how things work.

Robot Building for Beginners, 2nd Edition (Technology in Action)
Author: David Cook
Published at: 19/01/2010
ISBN: 1430227486

“I wrote this book because I love building robots. I want you to love building robots, too. It took me a while to learn about many of the tools and parts in amateur robotics. Perhaps by writing about my experiences, I can give you a head start.” ―David Cook

Robot Building for Beginners, Second Edition is an update of David Cook’s best-selling Robot Building for Beginners. This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed.

The robot described and built in this book is battery powered and about the size of a lunchbox. It is autonomous. That is, it isn’t remote controlled.

You’ll begin with some tools of the trade, and then work your way through prototyping, robot bodybuilding, and eventually soldering your own circuit boards. By the book’s end, you will have a solid amateur base of understanding so that you can begin creating your own robots to vacuum your house or maybe even rule the world!

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots
Author: Laurens Valk
Published at: 14/06/2014
ISBN: 1593275323

Begin with the basics as you build and program a simple robot to experiment with motors, sensors, and EV3 programming. Then you'll move on to a series of increasingly sophisticated robots that will show you how to work with advanced programming techniques like data wires, variables, and custom-made programming blocks. You'll also learn essential building techniques like how to use beams, gears, and connector blocks effectively in your own designs.

What You Will Learn

  • The EXPLOR3R, a wheeled vehicle that uses sensors to navigate around a room and follow lines
  • The FORMULA EV3 RACE CAR, a streamlined remote-controlled race car
  • ANTY, a six-legged walking creature that adapts its behavior to its surroundings
  • SK3TCHBOT, a robot that lets you play games on the EV3 screen
  • The SNATCH3R, a robotic arm that can autonomously find, grab, lift, and move the infrared beacon
  • LAVA R3X, a humanoid robot that walks and talks.

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