Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals

Becker, Helaine

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Innovations in the world of robotics are multiplying, with many cutting-edge breakthroughs, and this exciting and timely new book for young readers explores one particularly intriguing area: the world of robo-animals, or zoobots. In an attempt to design robots that can solve problems or perform tasks that humans can't, or just can't do easily, roboticists have been looking at the unique skills some animals have. Using something called mechatronics -- mechanical and electrical engineering combined with computer science -- they are finding ways to closely mirror those skills in robot form. Some fascinating examples from the book of what zoobots can do include: finding survivors of a fire using sensitive, computerized "whiskers"; scaling skyscraper walls using super stickiness; or delivering drugs deep within the human body using microscopic whiptails for locomotion. Twelve zoobots are described, each on its own two-page spread. Award-winning children's author Helaine Becker's text is comprehensive, yet clear and lively, and is made more manageable by being broken up into shorter segments. The futuristic design of the book includes vivid, detailed color illustrations by Alex Ries, of both the zoobot prototypes as well as the animals from which their skills were derived. This imaginative and interesting nonfiction book will definitely capture the imaginations of technology buffs. It also has enormous potential for classroom use in exploring everything from basic technology and robots, to engineering concepts, to inventions. A glossary and an index make it work well as a wonderful reference tool.
Publisher: Toronto, ON :, Kids Can Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 1554539714
Characteristics: 32 pages :,color illustrations ;,29 cm
Additional Contributors: Ries, Alex


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Mar 03, 2015
  • sarahvs3890 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i really liked this book but my favorite robot animal/zoo bot was the was the robobat. i also liked the Air-jelly / Aqua-jelly

Mar 01, 2015
  • meganmok rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I would recommend this book because this book gives lots of good information about animal robots and it gives lots of great facts of what the animal robots are built for.Id give this book 4 stars.


Feb 28, 2015
  • Shadowalkers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book because I think it's really cool/awesome that people could build robot creatures that look exactly like the real animals. I give this book five stars.

Feb 27, 2015

I like the book ZooBots because I love animals and it says that people who build robots take time to investigate how to make these robots in the future

Feb 26, 2015
  • ZhiYuanHu rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I'm not very interested in robots and wild animals. So I think it is O.K.

Feb 24, 2015

This book make creatures that look like real creatures! It tells you what each creature does. it even gives them names,like the mammalia it’s name is: Shrewbot. It is on the Terra team because it lives on the earth( in french earth is Terre just for you to know). If you look at the Cnidaria( AirJelly and AquaJelly)it’s team name is Marina. Because in french under water is Marin. They even made a person! the picture neck to this is the Girl Geminoid F. She looks really real she even talks normally

Feb 20, 2015

It was cool because there are robot animals in the nature and we do not know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 19, 2015
  • tm461 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is for people who love technologie, Like me! It shows that the world has envoled.

Feb 05, 2015
  • jazzmancooldude03 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.


Zoobots is a very creative book. It is full of Robots and how are world will change if the robot creatures came aboard. I found this book a very good book but the only negative perspective I have for it is that they said all positive information about the robot I would like to also know the negative information to see how it would change the world in a negative way. Over all it is a great book. It even gives you names for for the animal robot with that being said its a very creative book

Feb 03, 2015
  • doubleA2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

i liked this book but i am not really intrested in robots.

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