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Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Innovations in the world of robotics are multiplying, with many cutting-edge breakthroughs, and this exciting and timely new book for young readers explores one particularly intriguing area: the world of robo-animals, or zoobots. In an attempt to design robots that can solve problems or perform tasks that humans can't, or just can't do easily, roboticists have been looking ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Kids Can Press
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Rob Slaven
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
As usual I received this book free in exchange for a review. This time it was from NetGalley. Despite that kindness I give my candid thoughts below and attempt to write a balanced and well-rounded review. Let me know how I do!

In a nutshell this book centers around 12 animal-inspired robots. Each entry is formatted like a dossier giving the robot's name, team (land, air, water), realm (animal family to which it belongs), a few of its vital statistics, its potential uses and a bit about the animal
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great book that describes and explains different robots that have been designed based on animal traits. Including what inspired them and what they are used for. It has great visuals of the robots as well as the animals that inspired a particular robot and explanations of skills that an animal has that a robot borrowed.

I chose to pair it with an older mystery book called Danny Dunn Scientific Detective by Jay Williams. This is a book about a boy who is trying to solve the mystery of a m
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Anthropomorphic robots are the stuff of science fiction movies, but they really exist! Zoobots is a very well-organized, well-illustrated guide to some of the anthropomorphic robots which are in actual use right now. Ranging from robots based on the lowly roly poly all the way to the human-like Geminoid, the robots in Zoobots are each meticulously modeled after a particular living creature in an attempt to make use of that creature’s unique gifts and abilities. T
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of robots in with working prototypes or with prototypes in development and many of these are designed based on various animals we have today. Think of a giant fireproof pillbug filled with water that can help detect and put out forest fires. Or robotic cockroachs and starfish that can explore and infiltrate enemy bunkers…or work with search and rescue teams, getting through passages too small for people or dogs. Someone, some team, thought about the unique properties of each anim ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Drawing on the characteristics of various animals, scientists are creating robots that can perform in the same way as those creatures while having the advantage of technology. Thus, robot prototypes based on the Pygmy Shrew, the Snake, the Gecko, the Bat, and even from Bacteria have been designed. Two pages show the animal that inspired the creation while describing what each one can do. I loved the names of some of these critters: Stickybot III, Octobot, and Shrewbot. This is technology at its ...more
Meghan Nels
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
The bright, vivid pictures accompanied by straightforward, understandable text will attract children who enjoy reading about both science and animals. The definitions and uses of different animals as well as robotic pictures of animal robot prototypes will fascinate children. The only suggested enhancement would be to include some examples of wild animal robots that are currently being used. All of the zoo bots included in the text were prototypes. While they are fascinating it would be even mor ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a great take on both robotics and animals. Each page gives a detailed description of the inspiration behind the robot, what its "super power" is, what it's purpose is, and how it works. This is followed by a picture of the prototype robot (or concept) and further description. My 8-year-old science and nature loving boy called the book "Awesome", even though the text is a little higher reading level. The text would be more appropriate for 4th - 8th graders. An interesting book that s ...more
Heliane Becker has come up with a cute idea with her book Zoobots. I have to say the set up was my favorite part. The book is set up like a non-fiction animal book. Each bot gets one page with its facts and statistics. Informing the read so they know everything about that particular bot. Due to this it was not a read straight through book for me. It comes off as more of a fictional resource but still cute. 3 stars
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kids will love this, and it's got super cool scientific information, too. And while I personally think this is fascinating, I'm frustrated having to wonder WHERE is the bibliography information? It feels like it's possible that someone with a very creative mind made this whole thing up. And if it's a fictionalized book of "zoobots" that's fine, but it's definitely listed as a nonfiction book. Hmmmm...
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was amazing because it made me think about what it whould be likeif they were relesed to the wild how will they react if they came across a real animal.I also found out that what it whould be like if like I was one of the animals and how I whoud react if I was one of them.That was why thisbook is amazing.
Michelle Christianson
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My son loved this book and found the information fascinating. I also found it interesting to learn that robots are made so small and how far technology can go, he plans on using this as a science presentation for this years up and coming science fair. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to read this book!
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An amazing little book supposedly written for youth. It contains information that I have not seen in adult materials. It is succinct, understandable, and jam-packed with information. One section even talks about the combination of organic and inorganic materials in a bacterium. The illustrations are excellent but may not show a clear picture of the actual bot. A good book for all ages!
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
Fascinating stories of 12 robots that are being created, based on different animals. The text is clear and engaging and the illustrations are excellent. I wish references had been included but there was only an index and a glossary at the end.
A clever idea, with lots of kid appeal. I would have liked more information about how these are actually being used in real life, including real photographs. Unfortunately, there are no source notes or bibliography.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Very interesting concept and an attractive boo. However the lack of a bibliography or background information on the labs developing these robots will make it harder for young readers to check whether this is truly a nonfiction book or something along the lines of the Pacific Tree Octopus website.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Liked the book, got it for my niece trying to get her into robotics...thought it needed more Real Life images and robots but otherwise a great little read.
Heydi Smith
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-non-fic
Awesome. Great for reluctant readers. Love to see how scientists have used inspiration from nature.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating! The information about these zoobot prototypes is presented in a fun and engaging way. Readers will appreciate the format and enjoy the photos and illustrations.
Micki U
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Find out about animals that have inspired some create and inventive robots! A great book to pair with a maker station!
James Central
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really cool robot animal features!
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: CapCh 10-14
Full of fascinating, and kind-of scary, robot prototypes inspired by animals, including people.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was entertaining and educational. I know lots of kids who will check this book out.
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Zoobots – Wild Robots inspired by Real Animals by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Alex Ries – Really cool to look through these inventive robots that were inspired by real animals.
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May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Robots modeled after insect and animal abilities.
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Helaine Becker has written over 70 books, including the #1 National bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree,and its sequel, Dashing through the Snow, Sloth at the Zoom, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, the Looney Bay All-Stars chapter book series, non-fiction including Counting on Katherine, Worms for Breakfast and Zoobots (all Junior Library Guild Selections), Monster Science, You Can Read, Lines Bars a ...more

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