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Robotics deals with construction, design, operation, and use of robots for improvement of the society. It is an interdisciplinary branch of science and engineering. Computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering have their various application in Robotics. is a place where you can find robotics projects and learn new skills to improve job prospects. Watch premium live projects with the help of the pro subscription.


Robotics Introduction

Robotics deals with the construction, design, operation, and use of robots for the betterment of the society. It is an interdisciplinary branch of science and engineering. Computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering have their various application in Robotics. Robotics can be used to replace any individual and its related tasks. Businesses are investing heavily in the robotics and automating most of their pipeline work. Robots are used for different situations such as bomb detection, deactivation, etc. Since robots are very efficient, they are replacing work that is monotonous and doesn’t require creativity.

History of Robotics

Robotics history can be traced back to 1942, when Isaac Asimov, a science fiction writer created his work, “Three Laws of Robotics.” The next big step was taken by Norbert Wiener in 1948 who formulated the principles of cybernetics. It laid the groundwork of practical robotics.

Industrial robots came into existence in 1961 to lift hot pieces from a die casting machine. Now, a lot of robots are used in the industry to do manual work which doesn’t require the intervention of humans. Nowadays, robots are used in packing, manufacturing, transport, space, earth and so on.

Robotics Tools

Like any subfield of artificial intelligence, Robotics requires tools to work efficiently and effectively. These tools will help you gain an advantage and make work easier. Let’s list the best Robotics tools out there. We will focus on open source tools only since they are easy to acquire.

  • Virtual Robotics Toolkit Virtual Robotics Toolkit is a simulator for VEX and LEGO robots. It is actively used in STEM education and is used by students who do robotics competitions.
  • Visual components Visual components is advanced simulation and design suite for production lines.
  • RoboDK RoboDK uses Python or other programs visually to the integrated 3D simulation environment. It works offline and is a tool for industrial robots.
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio: Microsoft offers robot developers studio that enables anyone to create 3D simulations, robots, and environments.
  • LabVIEW: LabVIEW is a cross-platform development and design environment built around namesake. Namesake is a graphical programming language with a focus on engineering, education and research environments.

Education Ecosystem Robotics Project Creators

If you are wondering where to get started on Machine Learning, then the best way is to watch Machine learning Project Creators on Education Ecosystem. Let’s list the top 5 machine learning Project Creators on Education Ecosystem.

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Robotics Best Books

There are plenty of robotics books online. The best way to start learning robotics is to invest in the books. So, why the wait? Let’s go through the best books for learning robotics. The books are categorized into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. So pick the book that best suits you.

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    Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots

    by Gareth Branwyn

    This a robots book for people who don't know the first thing about robotics! Absolute Beginner's Guide to Robots is well-written, inviting, and action-packed, with engaging ideas and fascinating factoids about robots and robot-related arts and sciences. You are led gently into the intimidating world of robotics, but nearly 400 pages later, you emerge with a respectable knowledge of robot history, the major fields and "schools" of robotics today, and the basic skills and resources needed to create hobby robots. By the end of the book, you will be the proud owner of three bots, the first two of which demonstrate key robotic principles.

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    Robot Building for Beginners

    by David Cook

    This book continues its aim at teenagers and adults who have an avid interest in science and dream of building household explorers. No formal engineering education is assumed. The robot described and built in this book is battery powered and about the size of a lunchbox. It is autonomous. That is, it isn’t remote controlled.

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    The Beginner’s Guide to Robotic Building, Technology, Mechanics, and Processes

    by Kenneth Fraser

    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 to your learning. You will also learn the designs and forms of Robotics, and what’s more convenient than getting to know all sides!

Robotics Projects

The best way to learn is to evolve yourself with Projects. Let’s look at some of the best robotics projects that you can follow. You can also find robotics projects on Education Ecosystem. If you are interested in finding those, check the Education Ecosystem robotics Project Creators section for more information.

In this project, you can build a simple Arduino-based robot. It can be made to be remote driven and the controlling range depends on the hardware you are using.

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Building a fire extinguishing robot is a good project to use robotics for handling environmental hazards.

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A soccer robot will help you understand the different dynamics of how robot movement work. You can experiment more and add more features to the robot.

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A simple robot project that will follow a line which does a pick and placement job. These type of robots are extremely popular in the industry lines.

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The robot can be programmed to avoid any obstacles automatically.

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Robotics Community

The community of robotics is big. There are plenty of websites you can find a community and become part of it. Let’s list some of them below.

Robotics Gurus

  • John J. Leonard

    John J. Leonard

    John J. Leonard is a Mechanical and Ocean Engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is from America and also a member of MIT and CSAIL. He is known for his work in simultaneous localization and mapping.

  • Deiter Fox

    Deiter Fox is a computer science and engineering professor. He is from Germany. He has contributed accordingly in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Ubiquitous computing, and Robotics.

    Deiter Fox
  • Peter Corke

    Peter Corke

    Peter Corke is from Australia and is famous for his work on MATLAB, robotics field, and Visual Servoing. He works at multiple places including being a director at the Australian Research Council and a professor of control and robotics at the Queensland University of Technology.

  • Juan D. Tardos

    Juan D. Tardos i is from Spain and works as a professor at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He teaches Robotics and has contributed in SLAM, perception, and mobile robotics.

    Juan D. Tardos
  • Masayuki Inaba

    Masayuki Inaba

    Masayuki Inaba is a famous Robotics expert. He is currently working as a Professor of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo. His work includes vision-based robotic server system, rope handling, etc.

Robotics Conferences

As Robotics is a trending topic in the market, there are many conferences out there that you can attend. Let’s list some of the best Robotics conferences out there.