Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals

Becker, Helaine

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 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 illustrator.


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Jan 21, 2015
  • melis114 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The picture at the end was weird it was a robot human. The book was not that good but was not bad.

This book was interesting to read, but also weird. I think it is strange to be making robots that look like humans.

I liked this book would like to recommend this book to other readers.there were facts about robots and the species that the robot was based on. But I wonder for what purpose they made the robots for.

zoobots is an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone. though I did get kind of confused about the subtitles like watt does special ops mean? its really cool watt technology can do. I wonder how long it would tack to build one of those (zoobots) nor then like 17 ( expression .

Dec 17, 2014
  • JOEY_30 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have 3 questions about Zoobots and they are how can people use these Zoobots to help them, when did they design these Zoobots and what gave them the idea to make these incredible machines

Jul 29, 2014
  • mauve_owl_20 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I want the snake!


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