Finally, a robots book for people who don't know the first thing about robotics! Absolute Beginner's Guide to Robots is well-written, inviting, and action-packed, with engaging ideas and fascinating factoids about robots and robot-related arts and sciences. You are led gently into the intimidating world of robotics, but nearly 400 pages later, you emerge with a respectable knowledge of robot history, the major fields and "schools" of robotics today, and the basic skills and resources needed to create hobby robots. By the end of the book, you will be the proud owner of three bots, the first two of which demonstrate key robotic principles. The third is a programmable/expandable robot, which serves as a platform for future experimentation. And best of all, these robots are built with simple to get and inexpensive parts - many of which you already have around the house!
Gareth Branwyn is a well-known technology journalist and self-proclaimed "reluctant geek." He is writer and editor for Wired, ID and Esquire magazines, and has written many books on technology topics, including, Mosaic Quick Tour (the first World Wide Web book ever published), Jargon Watch: A Pocket Dictionary for the Jitterati, Jamming the Media: A Citizen's Guide, and The Happy Mutant Handbook. He also has contributed material to many technology books, including Que's Catalog of Tomorrow and The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. He is Editor-in-chief, co-owner, and site designer of Street Tech (www.streettech.com). Gareth also contributed lyrics to Billy Idol's 1993 album Cyberpunk.
I loved to read through those books and imagine what it would be like to have my own robot.
True to the meaning of the phrase, "absolute beginner", this book is a great place to start if you have the desire to build robots, but lack the skills and knowledge.
The book concludes with a detailed, annotated, list of books, magazines and Web sites that can be referred to for more information.
A scattered collection of projects, not necessarily up to date technologically, not necessarily written with good pedagogic in mind. Read morePublished 22 days ago by awangenh
book basically tells you that you cant build robots on your own haha. its advises you to buy the kits that they sell to kids, but that creating a smaller robot, like a little bug... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Superbeagle
This book covers every thing.If you are a beginner robot person buy this book first, The book is fun and easy to read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by flapjack
I have skimmed through the book a few times and have added it to my list of books to read.Published 8 months ago by Mark1968
BOUGHT IT FOR A GRANDSON WHO WANTS TO OPEN A ROBOT STORE WHEN HE FINISHES SCHOOL.(SECOND GRADE NOW BUT READING ON A SEENENTH GRADE LEVEL)Published 13 months ago by grer59
This is a nice introduction to robot building and the instructions for building the three projects included in the book are very explicit and easy to follow. Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by T. Dokland
This book is definitely reader friendly. It covers a broad range of topics, from the definition of the word "robot" to how to actually build robots and where to find robot-related... Read morePublished on November 19, 2008 by Jonathan J. Brandstater
Gareth Branwyn could make even the most simple tech stuff interesting...oh, wait, he just did! Not many tech books tell stories, this one does. Read morePublished on October 26, 2004 by C. O'Boyle
When the title of the book says Absolute Beginners's guide it means it. The book does a good job of explaining the history of robotics, and describing the various types. Read morePublished on October 15, 2004 by Matt E. Mathes