Thursday, April 9, 2015

Making Simple Robots! My new book from MAKE magazine

Where to go after you've worked through the no-tech/low-tech projects in my first robobook, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future? New from Maker Media -- publishers of MAKE magazine and sponsors of Maker Faires around the world -- my book Making Simple Robots helps newbies take it up a level, with electronics and programming activities.

Written in language that non-engineers can understand, Making Simple Robots helps beginners move beyond basic craft skills and materials to the latest products and tools being used by artists and inventors. Find out how to animate folded paper origami, design a versatile robot wheel-leg for 3D printing, or program a rag doll to blink its cyborg eye. Each project includes step-by-step directions as well as clear diagrams and photographs. And every chapter offers suggestions for modifying and expanding the projects, so that you can return to the projects again and again as your skill set grows.

I loved the challenge of learning new skills like soldering, and then figuring out how to make it simple enough for any beginner to try. I hope you'll check out Making Simple Robots and let me know what you think!