Robot: Meet the Machines of the Future

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

Review

Did you know that the Eelume is an eel-like self-propelled robot which “swims” underwater, used for the inspection and maintenance of offshore oil and gas stations? Or that the enormous Method-2 robot (the first walking robot to be piloted by a human inside it) was designed by someone who also works on robot concepts for video games and films, hence its Transformers-esque appearance? Or that the medical robot EXOTrainer provides an exoskeleton for children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy, adjusting its “smart joints” to help humans walk?

Organised in different sections, highlighting the history of robotics, robots in the home, robots in the workplace, surgical robotics and even “hero” robots (made to go where humans can’t, such as disaster zones, space or other dangerous territory), Robot is an excellent introduction to current robot technology and development. Presented in DK’s trademark photographic-illustrated style, the book is full of interesting facts, perfect for school and the home library.

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