CRRL Picks: Robotics Info

FIRST Robots
FIRST Robots Behind the Design By Wilczynski, Vince Book - 2007 629.892 Wi Available in some locations

Annotation:This book features 30 award-winning robots from the 2006 FIRST (For Inspiration of Science and Technology) Robots Competition. This annual competition partners high school students with practicing professionals to solve challenging engineering problems. (catalog description)

Gearheads The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports By Stone, Brad Book - 2003 796.15 St Available in some locations

Annotation:In Gearheads, Newsweek technology correspondent Brad Stone examines the history of robotic sports, from their cultish early years at universities and sci-fi conventions to today's televised extravaganzas -- and the turmoil that threatened the whole enterprise almost from the beginning. (catalog description)

I, Robot
I, Robot By Asimov, Isaac Book - 2008 FICTION Asi Available in some locations

Annotation:In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete. (catalog description)

Lego Mindstorms NXT Thinking Robots
Lego Mindstorms NXT Thinking Robots Build A Rubik's Cube Solver and A Tic-tac-toe Playing Robot! By Benedettelli, Daniele Book - 2010 629.892 Be Available in some locations

Annotation:Instructional book that explains how to build and program functioning robots using LEGO Mindstorms sets.

Making Things See
Making Things See 3D Vision With Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot By Borenstein, Greg Book - 2012 006.37 Bo Available in some locations

Annotation:This detailed, hands-on guide provides the technical and conceptual information you need to build cool applications with Microsoft's Kinect, the amazing motion-sensing device that enables computers to see. Through half a dozen meaty projects, you'll learn how to create gestural interfaces for software, use motion capture for easy 3D character animation, 3D scanning for custom fabrication, and many other applications. (catalog description)

Open-source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook
Open-source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook Designing and Building Robust, Dependable Real-time Systems By Edwards, Lewin A. R. W. eBook - 2005 629.892 Ed Click here for EBSCOhost ebook »

Annotation:Demonstrates how to develop control systems for robotics using open-source tools such as Linux.

Robopocalypse A Novel By Wilson, Daniel H. Book - 2011 FICTION Wil Available in some locations

Annotation:Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers. (catalog description)

Robots, Machines in Man's Image
Robots, Machines in Man's Image By Asimov, Isaac Book - 1985 629.892 AS Available in some locations

Annotation:Explores robots of the past, present, and future. (

Annotation:Official site of the Department of Defense agency. Contains much information on robotics and new technologies.

Annotation:NASA’s site on robotics has great photographs and interesting information on NASA’s current robot projects.

Annotation:Many different news articles on developments of future robotics technologies are available on this site.

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List of Nonfiction books (with a couple of fiction books thrown in) on topics related to robotics

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