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Best Robotics Books Everyone Should Read

Our list of some of the best Robotics books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics from Beginner to Expert (2016)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadDo you love robots? Are you fascinated with modern advances in technology? Do you want to know how robots work? If so, you’ll be delighted with Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics from Beginner to Expert. You’ll learn the history of robotics, learn the 3 Rules, and meet the very first robots. This book also describes the many essential hardware components of today’s robots: – Analog and Digital brains – DC, Servo, and Stepper Motors – Bump Sensors and Light Sensors – and even Robotic Bodywork Would you like to build and…
Author(s): Peter Mckinnon


 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadNamed to the 2012 Chicago Public Library’s "Best of the Best" Reading List for Informational Books for Older Readers, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future is a fun and educational introduction to the exciting field of designing, building, and operating robots. Along with background material and clear explanations of how robots work, Robotics features step-by-step instructions for building real robot models using ordinary craft materials and parts salvaged from recycled toys and other household devices. Budding roboticists will learn how to create…
Author(s): Kathy Ceceri, Sam Carbaugh

3. Learn Robotics Programming: Build and control autonomous robots using Raspberry Pi 3 and Python (2018)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadWe live in an age where the most difficult human tasks are now automated. Smart and intelligent robots, which will perform different tasks precisely and efficiently, are the requirement of the hour. A combination of Raspberry Pi and Python works perfectly when making these kinds of robots. Learn Robotics Programming starts by introducing you to the basic structure of a robot, along with how to plan, build, and program it. As you make your way through the book, you will gradually progress to adding different outputs and sensors, learning new building skills, and writing code for…
Author(s): Danny Staple

4. Practical Electronics for Inventors (2016)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadA Fully Updated, No Nonsense Guide to ElectronicsAdvance your electronics knowledge and gain the skills necessary to develop and construct your own functioning gadgets. Written by a pair of experienced engineers and dedicated hobbyists, Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition, lays out the essentials and provides step by step instructions, schematics, and illustrations. Discover how to select the right components, design and build circuits, use microcontrollers and ICs, work with the latest software tools, and test and tweak your…
Author(s): Paul Scherz, Simon Monk

5. National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics: All the Photos, Facts, and Fun to Make You Race for Robots (2016)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadThey fix spacecraft, dance, tell jokes, and even clean your carpet! From the tiniest robo-bees to gigantic factory machines, robotics is all around you. This technology isn’t just for science-fiction anymore — it’s real and more relevant than ever. With stunning visuals and energetic, impactful design, readers won’t stop until they’ve learned everything there is to know about robotics….
Author(s): Jennifer Swanson

6. Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi: Build and Code Your Own Moving, Sensing, Thinking Robots (2019)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadLearn Robotics with Raspberry Pi will take you from inexperienced maker to robot builder. You’ll start off building a two-wheeled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi minicomputer and then program it using Python, the world’s most popular programming language. Gradually, you’ll improve your robot by adding increasingly advanced functionality until it can follow lines, avoid obstacles, and even recognize objects of a certain size and color using computer vision. Learn how to:- Control your robot remotely using only a Wii remote- Teach your robot to use sensors to avoid…
Author(s): Matt Timmons-Brown

7. The Future of Leadership: Rise of Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (2017)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadIs Artificial Intelligence (AI) our greatest existential threat?  Will AI take your Job? Is Privacy dead? Is Universal Basic Income a viable  strategy or just a temporary bandage? Will AI solve all our problems? Will it make us happier? We can’t put the genie back in the bottle once it’s out. If we don't candidly answer the pertinent questions, we will only paint a false picture.We are standing at a crucial and pivotal point in history. It’s time for diversity in AI. This unprecedented technology will affect society as a whole and we need individuals from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to join the…
Author(s): Brigette Tasha Hyacinth

8. Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit, Age 8 ()

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadProduct Description LEGO Chain Reactions is packed full of ideas, instructions, and inspiration for 10 LEGO machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. Each machine alone is awesome, but put them together and you get incredible chain reactions. Then, combine the machines in any order you like to create your own chain reactions. Our team of experts worked with educators and 11-year-olds to invent the machines, then wrote a book that teaches the skills (and some of the physics behind the fun) kids need to create their own amazing chain reaction machines. Our book…
Author(s): Ships to Thailand

9. Robotics, Vision and Control: Fundamental Algorithms In MATLAB, Second Edition (Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics) (2017)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadRobotic vision, the combination of robotics and computer vision, involves the application of computer algorithms to data acquired from sensors. The research community has developed a large body of such algorithms but for a newcomer to the field this can be quite daunting. For over 20 years the author has maintained two open-source MATLAB® Toolboxes, one for robotics and one for vision. They provide implementations of many important algorithms and allow users to work with real problems, not just trivial examples. This book makes the fundamental algorithms…
Author(s): Peter Corke

10. A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation (1994)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadA Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation presents a mathematical formulation of the kinematics, dynamics, and control of robot manipulators. It uses an elegant set of mathematical tools that emphasizes the geometry of robot motion and allows a large class of robotic manipulation problems to be analyzed within a unified framework. The foundation of the book is a derivation of robot kinematics using the product of the exponentials formula. The authors explore the kinematics of open-chain manipulators and multifingered robot hands, present an analysis of the dynamics and control of robot…
Author(s): Richard M. Murray, Zexiang Li

11. Your Guide to excel in FIRST Tech Challenge: Robot Architecture, Design, Programming and Game Strategies (2018)

 Best Robotics Books Everyone Should ReadCoaches Sanjeev and Rajeev have coached teams that made it to all levels of robotics championship including FIRST competitions (FLL, FTC) and VEX from the states of Washington and Texas. This book describes design principles, programming ideas and strategies which have helped their teams excel at all levels of progression, with flying colors. This book is intended for team members, coaches and mentors as a primer and reference. This book summarizes design principles including different kind of drives, elements of robot architecture and design of robot…
Author(s): Rajeev Dwivedi, Sanjeev Dwivedi

Best Robotics Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some robotics books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics: 14th International Conference, ICINCO 2017 Madrid, Spain, July 26-28, 2017 Revised Selected Papers

Author(s): Oleg Gusikhin, Kurosh Madani
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 106 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407083

Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics: Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (RAAD 2019)

Author(s): Karsten Berns, Daniel Görges
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 74 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408453

Intrusion Detection: A Data Mining Approach

Author(s): Nandita Sengupta, Jaya Sil
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2463571

Automation 2019: Progress in Automation, Robotics and Measurement Techniques

Author(s): Roman Szewczyk, Cezary Zieliński, Małgorzata Kaliczyńska
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 97 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2467636

Educational Robotics in the Context of the Maker Movement

Author(s): Michele Moro, Dimitris Alimisis, Luca Iocchi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2467838

Advances in Robotics Research: From Lab to Market: ECHORD++: Robotic Science Supporting Innovation

Author(s): Antoni Grau, Yannick Morel, Ana Puig-Pey, Francesca Cecchi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 17 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2468241

Minimally Invasive Urology: An Essential Clinical Guide to Endourology, Laparoscopy, LESS and Robotics

Author(s): Sara L. Best, Stephen Y. Nakada
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2468468

Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society: Selected Papers from INBOTS Conference 2018, 16-18 October, 2018, Pisa, Italy

Author(s): José L. Pons
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2468481

Reinforcement Learning of Bimanual Robot Skills

Author(s): Adrià Colomé, Carme Torras
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2468860

Robotics in Education: Current Research and Innovations

Author(s): Munir Merdan, Wilfried Lepuschitz, Gottfried Koppensteiner, Richard Balogh, David Obdržálek
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 48 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2468970

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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