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 30, 2015
  • RR123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Zoobots was a great book. I liked it because it was cool and showed many robot animals to explain. I liked the snake in the slither chapter.

Mar 29, 2015
  • milestonesmile rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I like how this book took examples from real life animals and turned them into robots. My favourite robot is the Gemroid F.

Mar 27, 2015
  • awesomemya29 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Zoobots is a awesome book about robots. I was so superised that these animals were robots. There nothing to change about this book. It is an awesome book.

Mar 26, 2015
  • happy123p rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loves how it talks about robot animals which is science and I love science because it is my favourite subject in class!

Mar 26, 2015
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Mar 26, 2015

I like this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 26, 2015

So cool! I can't believe they are making a human robot (so creepy )

Mar 25, 2015

This book told me more than I ever new about robots . I thoght robots didn't even look like animals. But, they do. This author explained a lot about the fetures and the names of many roboot animals!🐰

Mar 24, 2015
  • 85PirateJay28 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I think this book was cool because it talked about robots that look like animals

Mar 23, 2015

I totally loved this book it was awesome. Plus there are a lot of cool fact like did you know that there is a bat like bot that gathers information/data as it flies

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