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STEAM Labs: Robotics
Equipment and workshop information about about the Library and Learning Commons STEAM Labs at Deerwood Center, Downtown Campus, North Campus and South Campus.
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Sphero BOLT is an app-enabled robotic ball.
Lego Boost is a kit that lets you make five robots, one at a time. That’s because the “brains” of each robot is the Move Hub, a little box covered in Lego bricks. It contains the batteries, the Bluetooth chip that communicates with your tablet, and a friendly green power button. Lego boost also comes with a play mat you can use to help you design your programs.
This kit helps students learn to code and program while they are having fun with robots.
The mBot Ranger is an advanced version of the mBot robot that comes with 3 preset forms.
The kit is a great way to get started with robotics in construction, operation, and programming.
OOSYOO Robot Car kit has all the components to make an IR remote-control car.
This kit is another example of how someone could get involved with simple robotics.
Sparki is a robot whose operation can help you with block-based or C++ programming. Students can teach Sparki to solve its own problems logically.
This kit can help students learn programming, electronics, and problem-solving.
LittleBits consists of small circuit boards with specific functions. The bits are built to snap together with magnets without soldering, wiring, or programming. Each one has its own specific function, such as light, sound, sensors, or buttons
This kit can help students prototype and think through the projects they are designing.
Beginning robotics with Raspberry Pi and Arduino : using Python and OpenCV by Jeff CicolaniLearn how to use a Raspberry Pi in conjunction with an Arduino to build a basic robot with advanced capabilities. Getting started in robotics does not have to be difficult. This book is an insightful and rewarding introduction to robotics and a catalyst for further directed study. You'll be led step by step through the process of building a robot that uses the power of a Linux based computer paired with the simplicity of Arduino. You'll learn why the Raspberry Pi is a great choice for a robotics platform; its strengths as well as its shortcomings; how to overcome these limitations by implementing an Arduino; and the basics of the Python programming language as well as some of the more powerful features. With the Raspberry Pi you can give your project the power of a Linux computer, while Arduino makes interacting with sensors and motors very easy. These two boards are complimentary in their functions; where one falters the other performs admirably. The book also includes references to other great works to help further your growth in the exciting, and now accessible, field of smart robotics. As a bonus, the final chapter of the book demonstrates the real power of the Raspberry Pi by implementing a basic vision system. Using OpenCV and a standard USB web cam, you will build a robot that can chase a ball. What You'll LearnInstall Raspbian, the operating system that drives the Raspberry PiDrive motors through an I2C motor controllerRead data through sensors attached to an ArduinoWho This Book Is For Hobbyists and students looking for a rapid start in robotics. It assumes no technical background. Readers are guided to pursue the areas that interest them in more detail as they learn.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2018
Foundations of Trusted Autonomy by edited by Hussein A. Abbass, Jason Scholz, Darryn J. ReidThis book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book establishes the foundations needed to realize the ultimate goals for artificial intelligence, such as autonomy and trustworthiness. Aimed at scientists, researchers, technologists, practitioners, and students, it brings together contributions offering the basics, the challenges and the state-of-the-art on trusted autonomous systems in a single volume. The book is structured in three parts, with chapters written by eminent researchers and outstanding practitioners and users in the field. The first part covers foundational artificial intelligence technologies, while the second part covers philosophical, practical and technological perspectives on trust. Lastly, the third part presents advanced topics necessary to create future trusted autonomous systems. The book augments theory with real-world applications including cyber security, defence and space.
Learn Robotics with the Raspberry Pi by Matt Timmons-Brown(PRINT) Matt Timmons-Brown takes you through the process of building your own robot with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer - with no experience necessary! Starting from the ground up, you'll add complexity to your robot with each chapter by adding and tweaking code and components, and also receive advice on which materials you can use to make your builds unique and personal. By the end of the book, you'll know how to apply the knowledge you've gained to build other robots. If you're ready to level up your robotics skills with Raspberry Pi, let Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi be your guide!
Call Number: TJ211 .T579 2019 (South)
Publication Date: 2019-01-22
Beginning Robotics with Raspberry Pi and Arduino by Jeffrey Cicolani(PRINT) Learn how to use a Raspberry Pi in conjunction with an Arduino to build a basic robot with advanced capabilities. Getting started in robotics does not have to be difficult. This book is an insightful and rewarding introduction to robotics and a catalyst for further directed study. You'll be led step by step through the process of building a robot that uses the power of a Linux based computer paired with the simplicity of Arduino. You'll learn why the Raspberry Pi is a great choice for a robotics platform; its strengths as well as its shortcomings; how to overcome these limitations by implementing an Arduino; and the basics of the Python programming language as well as some of the more powerful features. With the Raspberry Pi you can give your project the power of a Linux computer, while Arduino makes interacting with sensors and motors very easy. These two boards are complimentary in their functions; where one falters the other performs admirably. The book also includes references to other great works to help further your growth in the exciting, and now accessible, field of smart robotics. As a bonus, the final chapter of the book demonstrates the real power of the Raspberry Pi by implementing a basic vision system. Using OpenCV and a standard USB web cam, you will build a robot that can chase a ball. What You'll Learn Install Raspbian, the operating system that drives the Raspberry Pi Drive motors through an I2C motor controller Read data through sensors attached to an Arduino Who This Book Is For Hobbyists and students looking for a rapid start in robotics. It assumes no technical background. Readers are guided to pursue the areas that interest them in more detail as they learn.
Call Number: TJ211.15 .C53 2018 (South)
Publication Date: 2018-04-24
Careers in Robotics by Kathryn Hulick(PRINT) Robots are the future and employers need skilled workers who can build, operate, repair, and program these high-tech machines. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at robotics jobs ranging from engineers to technicians to research scientists.
Call Number: TJ211.25 .G37 2017 (Downtown)
Publication Date: 2017-01-01
Robots by John M. Jordan(PRINT) An accessible and engaging account of robots, covering the current state of the field, the fantasies of popular culture, and implications for life and work. Robots are entering the mainstream. Technologies have advanced to the point of mass commercialization--Roomba, for example--and adoption by governments--most notably, their use of drones. Meanwhile, these devices are being received by a public whose main sources of information about robots are the fantasies of popular culture. We know a lot about C-3PO and Robocop but not much about Atlas, Motoman, Kiva, or Beam--real-life robots that are reinventing warfare, the industrial workplace, and collaboration. In this book, technology analyst John Jordan offers an accessible and engaging introduction to robots and robotics, covering state-of-the-art applications, economic implications, and cultural context. Jordan chronicles the prehistory of robots and the treatment of robots in science fiction, movies, and television--from the outsized influence of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Isaac Asimov's I, Robot (in which Asimov coined the term "robotics"). He offers a guided tour of robotics today, describing the components of robots, the complicating factors that make robotics so challenging, and such applications as driverless cars, unmanned warfare, and robots on the assembly line. Roboticists draw on such technical fields as power management, materials science, and artificial intelligence. Jordan points out, however, that robotics design decisions also embody such nontechnical elements as value judgments, professional aspirations, and ethical assumptions, and raise questions that involve law, belief, economics, education, public safety, and human identity. Robots will be neither our slaves nor our overlords; instead, they are rapidly becoming our close companions, working in partnership with us--whether in a factory, on a highway, or as a prosthetic device. Given these profound changes to human work and life, Jordan argues that robotics is too important to be left solely to roboticists.
Call Number: TJ211.15 .J67 2016 (Kent)
Publication Date: 2016-10-14
Our Robots, Ourselves by David A. Mindell(PRINT) From drones to Mars rovers-an exploration of the most innovative use of robots today and a provocative argument for the crucial role of humans in our increasingly technological future. InOur Robots, Ourselves,David Mindell offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of robotics today, debunking commonly held myths and exploring the rapidly changing relationships between humans and machines. Drawing on firsthand experience, extensive interviews, and the latest research from MIT and elsewhere, Mindell takes us to extreme environments-high atmosphere, deep ocean, and outer space-to reveal where the most advanced robotics already exist. In these environments, scientists use robots to discover new information about ancient civilizations, to map some of the world's largest geological features, and even to 'commute' to Mars to conduct daily experiments. But these tools of air, sea, and space also forecast the dangers, ethical quandaries, and unintended consequences of a future in which robotics and automation suffuse our everyday lives. Mindell argues that the stark lines we've drawn between human and not human, manual and automated, aren't helpful for understanding our relationship with robotics. Brilliantly researched and accessibly written,Our Robots, Ourselvesclarifies misconceptions about the autonomous robot, offering instead a hopeful message about what he calls 'rich human presence' at the center of the technological landscape we are now creating. ' An essential book . . . it is required reading as we seriously engage one of the most important debates of our time.'Sherry Turkle, author ofReclaiming Conversation- The Power of Talk in a Digital Age 'Mindell brings an altogether refreshing perspective to a field that can sometimes get lost in the 'what if'.'Financial Times 'Neither overly optimistic nor doomy, MIT professor Mindell offers a clear-eyed, reasoned overview of current and potential robotics achievements-and why the machines will always need us.'Discover 'Science fiction has become science as we find more and more uses for robots. The MIT professor explores the 'hidden world' of robotics and the controversial relationship between humankind and what it has created.'TheSacramento Bee 'Mindell's ingenious and profoundly original book will enlighten those who prophesy that robots will soon make us redundant, and challenges us all to think more precisely and creatively about how machines can augment human potential.'David Autor, Professor of Economics, MIT 'Authoritative . . . Mindell leaves us with a better understanding of what lies ahead for our daily lives.'Kirkus 'An expansively researched and enjoyably accessible treatment of robotic automation, recommended for readers of popular science and those with an interest in artificial intelligence and automation.'Library Journal 'A careful, measured extrapolation of contemporary technological trends.'Booklist 'A lucid, hype-free exploration of how robotic automation really works-in concert with human design, intention, and action.'Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing Professor, Scheller School of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology 'My thanks to the author for bringing scholarship and sanity to a debate which has run off into a magic la-la land in the popular press.'Rodney Brooks, founder Rethink Robotics and iRobot 'A must read for those who aspire to be effective contributors to the robotics of our future.'David R. Scott, Commander, Apollo 15
Robots by David E. Newton(PRINT) Robots: A Reference Handbook differs from most other books on robotics in the variety of resources that it provides to readers of all ages. * Walks the reader through the surprisingly rich history of robotics * Details how robots have developed across the globe * Introduces the reader to a variety of technical, social, political, ethical, and economic issues related to the widespread use of robots today * Provides a variety of resources that can be used in further study of robotics
Call Number: TJ211.2 .N49 2018 (Kent)
Publication Date: 2018-09-07
Living with Robots by Paul Dumouchel; Luisa Damiano; Malcolm DeBevoise (Translator)(PRINT) Living with Robots recounts a foundational shift in the field of robotics, from artificial intelligence to artificial empathy, and foreshadows an inflection point in human evolution. Today's robots engage with human beings in socially meaningful ways, as therapists, trainers, mediators, caregivers, and companions. Social robotics is grounded in artificial intelligence, but the field's most probing questions explore the nature of the very real human emotions that social robots are designed to emulate. Social roboticists conduct their inquiries out of necessity--every robot they design incorporates and tests a number of hypotheses about human relationships. Paul Dumouchel and Luisa Damiano show that as roboticists become adept at programming artificial empathy into their creations, they are abandoning the conventional conception of human emotions as discrete, private, internal experiences. Rather, they are reconceiving emotions as a continuum between two actors who coordinate their affective behavior in real time. Rethinking the role of sociability in emotion has also led the field of social robotics to interrogate a number of human ethical assumptions, and to formulate a crucial political insight: there are simply no universal human characteristics for social robots to emulate. What we have instead is a plurality of actors, human and nonhuman, in noninterchangeable relationships. As Living with Robots shows, for social robots to be effective, they must be attentive to human uniqueness and exercise a degree of social autonomy. More than mere automatons, they must become social actors, capable of modifying the rules that govern their interplay with humans.
Call Number: TJ211 .D85513 2017 (Downtown)
Publication Date: 2017-11-06
Careers in Robot Technology by Joshua Gregory(PRINT) Readers get acquainted with the people behind today's most cutting-edge technologies in the robotics field--from bright ideas to cool new products--and inspires readers to consider a high-tech future career. Careers in Robot Technology introduces six exciting careers and features sidebar activities that invite readers to Imagine That! and Dig Deeper! Includes table of contents, glossary, index, and supplementary backmatter.
Call Number: TJ211.25 .G74 2019 (South)
Publication Date: 2018-08-01
The Fourth Age by Byron Reese(PRINT) "The Fourth Age not only discusses what the rise of A.I. will mean for us, it also forces readers to challenge their preconceptions. And it manages to do all this in a way that is both entertaining and engaging." --The New York Times As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species. In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history: - 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language. - 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare. - 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state. We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. The Fourth Age provides extraordinary background information on how we got to this point, and how--rather than what--we should think about the topics we'll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, superintelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity. By asking questions like "Are you a machine?" and "Could a computer feel anything?", Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and, provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age, and how they'll transform humanity.
Call Number: Q335 .R453 2018 (Deerwood)
Publication Date: 2018-04-24
Robotics by Daniel G. FisherThis book provides current research on robotics. The first chapter focuses on robot visual perception for object detection and recognition. Chapter Two discusses recent progress in vision-based robotics. Chapter Three examines portrait vision fusion. Chapter Four presents a preliminary design and experimental results of sex recognition. Chapter Five introduces the significance and application of health monitoring methods, and some of the traditional health monitoring methods are introduced. Chapter Six presents a systematic review of upper arm exoskeletons to find out under what clinical conditions use of such devices may be beneficial, what could be the technical requirements and what user interface must be provided to enhance their acceptability.
Robotics and Automated Production Lines by Thorsten Schüppstuhl (Editor); Kirsten Tracht (Editor); Jörg Franke (Editor)Presented collection prepared by results of work the 1st MHI Colloquium (24.02 - 25.02.2016, Hamburg, Germany) and devoted to decision of many issues related with industrial robotics and automated production lines and manufactures. This volume will be useful for many scientists and engineers connected with automation of modern manufacturing processes. Robotics, Assembly Processes, Automation, Assistance Systems, Human-Robot Collaboration, Sensors, Software and Programming in Robotics Mechatronics
Learning Robotics Using Python by Lentin JosephIf you are an engineer, a researcher, or a hobbyist, and you are interested in robotics and want to build your own robot, this book is for you. Readers are assumed to be new to robotics but should have experience with Python.