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Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Robotics is a key technology in the modern world. Robots are a well-established part of manufacturing and warehouse automation, assembling cars or washing machines, and, for example, moving goods to and from storage racks for Internet mail order. More recently robots have taken their first steps into homes and hospitals, and seen spectacular success in planetary exploration. Yet, despite these successes, robots have failed to live up to the predictions of the 1950sand 60s, when it was widely thought - by scientists and engineers as well as the public - that by turn of the 21st century we would have intelligent robots as butlers, companions, or co-workers.This Very Short Introduction explains how it is that robotics can be both a success story and a disappointment, how robots can be both ordinary and remarkable, and looks at their important developments in science and their applications to everyday life.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Published by: OUP Oxford | Publication date: 09/27/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 167 pages

Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 25 Projects (Build It Yourself series)
This fun and educational introduction to the exciting field of robotics—the science of designing, building, and operating robots—gives kids the basic tools for creating their own robots using ordinary craft materials and parts salvaged from recycled toys and other household devices. Early chapters teach budding roboticists how to create working models of robot hands and write “pencil and paper” computer programs, while later chapters show them how to build robots that move and react to light or touch. A great gateway to getting kids interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), the activities in this book let kids use all their talents to come up with creative solutions to tricky problems and figure out how things work.
Author: Kathy Ceceri
Published by: Nomad Press | Publication date: 08/01/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 130 pages

Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics From Beginner to Expert (Robotics 101, Robotics Mastery)
The Quickest Way To Learn Robotics - Mckinnon's 3rd Edition - Become a Master at Robotics By Learning the Necessary Fundamentals!A book that teaches you the fundamentals of robotics★ ★ ★ This Book is FREE – for Kindle Unlimited User ★ ★ ★Immersing yourself into the world of robotics is more than just fun! It is both challenging and stimulating and furthermore, it increases our level of creativity! Also, it’s not limited to a certain age! Anyone can enjoy the process of learning as long as you are passionate to do it. If you want to be the next robot expert, Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics From Beginner to Expert is the best book to have. Here’s what’s discussed in the book: •Three Laws of Robotics•Unimate- The First Robot•Benefits of Robots•Hardware Tutorial•Software Tutorial•Materials for Building a Robot•Tips•Applications of RoboticsExpand your knowledge in this area of technology by following the simple steps you will find inside the book. You can turn your hobbies into a professional career with much diligence and hard work. It’s not an easy task but we will help you get there. Start TODAY by simply scrolling up to get your copy of Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics From Beginner to Expert. Don’t forget to click the BUY button! Have fun!
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 238 pages

Robotics: The Beginner’s Guide to Robotic Building, Technology, Mechanics, and Processes (Robotics, Mechanics, Technology, Robotic Building, Science)
Robotics at its best!Discover A Book That Tells You What You Should Do and How!Instead of jumping right into the instructions, this book will provide you first with all the necessary concepts that you need to learn in order to make the learning process a whole lot easier. This way, you’re sure not to get lost in confusion once you get to the more complex lessons provided in the latter chapters. Examples are provided for a more knowledgeable approach on your learningYou will also learn the designs and forms of Robotics, and what’s more convenient than getting to know all sides!Want to know More?Easy! Just Scroll up and click the “Buy” Button and you can have your own copy of Robotics★★★Download Today ~ Free to Read for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers!★★★
Publication date: 09/14/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 38 pages

The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment
Intelligent algorithms are already well on their way to making white collar jobs obsolete: travel agents, data-analysts, and paralegals are currently in the firing line. In the near future, doctors, taxi-drivers and ironically even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by 'robots'. Without a radical reassessment of our economic and political structures, we risk the very implosion of the capitalist economy itself.In Rise of the Robots, technology expert Martin Ford systematically outlines the achievements of artificial intelligence and uses a wealth of economic data to illustrate the terrifying societal implications. From health and education to finance and technology, his warning is start - all jobs that are on some level routine are like to eventually be automated, resulting in the death of traditional careers and a hollowed-out middle class. The robots are coming and we have to decide – now – whether the future will bring prosperity or catastrophe.
Author: Martin Ford
Published by: Oneworld Publications | Publication date: 09/03/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 368 pages

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
A New York Times Bestseller. A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives.In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.In The Second Machine Age MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape.A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age alters how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 01/20/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 336 pages

Probabilistic Robotics (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series)
Probabilistic robotics is a new and growing area in robotics, concerned with perception and control in the face of uncertainty. Building on the field of mathematical statistics, probabilistic robotics endows robots with a new level of robustness in real-world situations. This book introduces the reader to a wealth of techniques and algorithms in the field. All algorithms are based on a single overarching mathematical foundation. Each chapter provides example implementations in pseudo code, detailed mathematical derivations, discussions from a practitioner's perspective, and extensive lists of exercises and class projects. The book's Web site,, has additional material. The book is relevant for anyone involved in robotic software development and scientific research. It will also be of interest to applied statisticians and engineers dealing with real-world sensor data.
Published by: The MIT Press | Publication date: 08/19/2005
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 672 pages

Robust Hand Gesture Recognition for Robotic Hand Control
This book focuses on light invariant bare hand gesture recognition while there is no restriction on the types of gestures. Observations and results have confirmed that this research work can be used to remotely control a robotic hand using hand gestures. The system developed here is also able to recognize hand gestures in different lighting conditions. The pre-processing is performed by developing an image-cropping algorithm that ensures only the area of interest is included in the segmented image. The segmented image is compared with a predefined gesture set which must be installed in the recognition system. These images are stored and feature vectors are extracted from them. These feature vectors are subsequently presented using an orientation histogram, which provides a view of the edges in the form of frequency. Thereby, if the same gesture is shown twice in different lighting intensities, both repetitions will map to the same gesture in the stored data. The mapping of the segmented image's orientation histogram is firstly done using the Euclidian distance method. Secondly, the supervised neural network is trained for the same, producing better recognition results. An approach to controlling electro-mechanical robotic hands using dynamic hand gestures is also presented using a robot simulator. Such robotic hands have applications in commercial, military or emergency operations where human life cannot be risked. For such applications, an artificial robotic hand is required to perform real-time operations. This robotic hand should be able to move its fingers in the same manner as a human hand. For this purpose, hand geometry parameters are obtained using a webcam and also using KINECT. The parameter detection is direction invariant in both methods. Once the hand parameters are obtained, the fingers’ angle information is obtained by performing a geometrical analysis. An artificial neural network is also implemented to calculate the angles. These two methods can be used with only one hand, either right or left. A separate method that is applicable to both hands simultaneously is also developed and fingers angles are calculated. The contents of this book will be useful for researchers and professional engineers working on robotic arm/hand systems.
Published by: Springer | Publication date: 07/04/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 96 pages

Raspberry Pi Robotics Projects - Second Edition
Get the most out of Raspberry Pi to build enthralling robotics projectsAbout This Book
  • Make your projects talk and understand speech with the Raspberry Pi
  • Use a standard webcam to make your projects see and enhance vision capabilities
  • Full of simple, easy-to-understand instructions to bring your Raspberry Pi online to develop robotics projects
  • Describe how to access the GPIO pins to provide access to a wide array of additional hardware capabilities
Who This Book Is ForThis book is for enthusiasts who want to use the Raspberry Pi to build complex robotics projects. With the aid of the step-by-step instructions in this book, you can construct complex robotics projects that can move, talk, listen, see, swim, or fly. No previous Raspberry Pi robotics experience is assumed, but even experts will find unexpected and interesting information in this invaluable guide.What You Will Learn
  • Unbox, power-up, and configure Raspberry Pi with Ubuntu, a powerful version of Linux
  • Exercise vision control in your projects to distinguish colors, patterns, or movements
  • Apply and control speech software to enable your projects to speak
  • Discover external hardware to enable your robotics projects to move
  • Create complex robotics projects that can move, swim, or even fly
  • Interact with your projects wirelessly so that they can be truly autonomous
  • Use the GPIO to communicate with external sensors
In DetailThis book starts with the essentials of turning on the basic hardware. It provides the capability to interpret your commands and have your robot initiate actions. In this second edition, you will learn more specifics on how to use the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins to communicate with and control a wide range of additional hardware.Teaching you to use the Raspberry Pi from scratch, this book will discuss a wide range of capabilities that can be achieved with it. These capabilities include voice recognition, human-like speech simulation, computer vision, motor control, GPS location, and wireless control. You will then learn how to combine these capabilities to create your own robotics projects. By the end of the book, you will be able to employ the Raspberry Pi to build some intricate and enthralling robotics projects with ease.
Published by: Packt Publishing | Publication date: 04/30/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 300 pages

Robotics: Discover The Robotic Innovations Of The Future - An Introductory Guide to Robotics
“The Three Laws of Robotics:1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm;2: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law;3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law;The Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.” ― Isaac Asimov Although this famous quote derived from Isaac Asimov, professor of biochemistry at Boston University, seems plausible, it is highly improbable. The truth is, with the current status of robotic innovation, we are decades or even centuries before we must worry about the consequences that robotic innovation will have for humanity in the future.A robot is a simple enough idea. It is a machine that can do something by itself, in the simplest terms. You have almost certainly seen them in movies or read about them. Many people think of a metallic, human looking, machine when they think of a robot. The reality these days is a little less dramatic than that. In appearance, modern robots are often complex limbs or moving tools. They can complete tasks largely without the need for human assistance, but they are a long way from the types of robots people have been imagining for centuries; that’s right—the idea of the 'robot' is very old indeed. The things that robots might be able to do are a key driving force beyond their development. These ideas drive related fields, and those in turn, drive people to come up with better ways to make and use robots.If you are interested in the future, history and present state of robotics, then this book is a must-have addition to your collection. ** Download for FREE with Kindle Unlimited**
Published by: KV Tech University | Publication date: 04/01/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 56 pages
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