Zooboots: wild robots inspired by real animals by Helaine Becker.November 19th, 2014
The hook into this book for me was the dazzling photographs and bright graphic artwork displaying twelve robo-animals or zooboots under development or as working prototypes. Using a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering with computer science roboticists are designing machines to solve real life problems or specific tasks that humans cannot do.
Each robot is given a double page spread headed up with catchy titles like Slither, Stalk, Squeeze, and Spray indicating the animal the robot as been modelled on. A profile contains each zoobot’s name, team, specifications, applications, and an associated super skill. Further information in given about some of the natural characteristics that provided inspiration and the challenges involved.
Intriguing and informative, zooboots takes you into the creative world of robotic engineering where wild and weird is just the start!
Image by Jiuguand Wang