using a PC-style motherboard and the
Linux operating system.
Mobile Robotic Car Design
by Pushkin Kachroo, Patricia
How to build a fairly sophisticated
scale model robotics car.
Muscle Wires Project Book
by Roger G. Gilbertson
Book and kit about “Muscle
Wires,” a brand of shape memory
alloy available from various sources
such as The Robot Store. Projects
include Boris, a walking robot.
PIC Robotics: A Beginner’s
Guide to Robotics Projects
Using the PICMicro
by John Iovine
Robot project book using the PIC
microcontroller as the central brain.
Practical Robotics: Principles
by Bill Davies
CPIC Technical Books, 1997
General book on different
mechanical construction ideas, with
practical details. Not much actual
robot building in this one, but the
pieces can readily be put together
to make one.
Robot Builder’s Bonanza,
by Myke Predko
The third edition of my original
Robot Builder’s Bonanza (first edition
1987, second edition 2000). I
didn’t have any involvement with
this edition, which was updated by
author Myke Predko.
Robot Builder’s Cookbook
by Owen Bishop
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Robot Builder’s Sourcebook
by Gordon McComb
Over 700 telephone book-sized
pages on what it is and where to buy
robotics parts. A little long in the
tooth, and some of the sites no longer
exist, but still a valid resource.
Robot Building for Beginners
by David Cook
For raw beginners with little or no
experience. Very good for those just
starting out. Be sure to also take a
look at the author’s Intermediate
Robot Building (ISBN: 1590593731),
which discusses more in-depth
by Edwin Wise
Simplifying the concepts of
robotics. Includes electronics,
mechanics, programming, and other
Robot DNA (series)
Series on robotics construction,
consisting of the following titles:
Building Robot Drive Trains (ISBN:
Microcontrollers (ISBN: 0071408517),
and Constructing Robot Bases (ISBN:
Robots, Androids and
Animatrons, Second Edition
by John Iovine
Several entry-level projects, including a small six-legged walking robot.
LEGO Robotics and
LEGO Mindstorms continues to be
one of the best ways to get into
the field of robotics.
Building Robots With Lego
by Mario Ferrari, Giulio Ferrari,
Highly recommended guide to
intermediate- and advanced-level
LEGO Mindstorms robotics.
Building Robots with LEGO
by Mario Ferrari, Guilio Ferrari,
Updated discussion centering
around the Mindstorms NXT set.
Creative Projects with LEGO
by Benjamin Erwin
Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 2001
Using color illustrations, this book
demonstrates over a dozen fun and
unusual LEGO Mindstorms creations.
A great book for the classroom.
Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS
NXT Inventor’s Guide
No Starch Press, 2007
Construction plans for various
NXT vehicles and robotics, many of
them very unusual and eclectic.
Theory, and Design
For the more scholarly inclined.
Mobile Robots: Inspiration to
by Joseph L. Jones, Anita M.
Flynn, Bruce A. Seiger
AK Peters Ltd, 1999
Hands-on guidebook to constructing mobile robots.
Robot Evolution: The
Development of Anthrobotics
by Mark Rosheim
John Wiley & Sons, 1994