Robots are all around us. Working in factories, hospitals, with armies and manufacturers and even, increasingly, around your home. But how have we come so far so quickly? How does the technology function? And which robots will dramatically change our lives?
Starting in the 1930s with the first talking-relay machines and the development of wearable bots, we travel through technological, design and cultural evolution to the present-day, where astrobots fix our satellites and drones deliver our parcels. Split into four sections, revealing the areas of our day-to-day lives that are being driven by robotics, each is introduced with an essay that examines how the robots have come to be a part of our lives, where they work, how they work and what do they tell us about our society.
Each robot is accompanied by expert text on its role and functions and accompanied both by full profile photography and a unique, stylish illustration which details the robot's defining function. With robot specs and a timeline of design placing the robots in context, and full of facts and trivia on these incredible machines, WE:Robot is the perfect introduction to rise of robots, how they are moving, shaping and ruling our world.
About the Author
David Hambling is a technology journalist and author based in South London. He writes for the Economist, New Scientist, WIRED, Aviation Week, Popular Mechanics and Popular Science among others. His first book Weapons Grade looked at the surprising military roots of modern technology, and his second Swarm Troopers examined the rise and future prospects of drone warfare.
"For someone interested in practical present day robotics it's a treasure trove. A book-sized Top Trumps rove across the technical domain, with each section containing a photo of the precise robot, an overview of its main components and some context for its aims and purposes." * Electronics Weekly *