Newsletter - November 19, 2003

================================================================== Newsletter - November 19, 2003
Robot Parts, Kits, Books, Videos, Magazines, and Toy Robots!
1. New Book: Robot Building for Dummies
2. New Book: RoboCup- 2002 : Robot Soccer World Cup
3. New Book: Robots
4. New Book: Fundamentals of Robotics
5. New Book: Anatomy of a Robot
6. Sale: Robot Kits
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1) New Book: Robot Building for Dummies
Discover what robots can do and how they work. Find out how to build your
own robot and program it to perform tasks with "Robot Building for
Are you ready to enter the robot world? This book is your passport! It
walks you through building your very own little metal assistant, dressing
it up, giving it a brain, programming it to do things, and even making it
talk. Along the way, you'll gather some tidbits about robot history,
enthusiast's groups, and more.
Learn to build robots the "Dummies" way with explanations in plain
English, icons and other navigational aids, tear-out cheat sheet, top ten
lists, and a dash of humor and fun.
This book is on sale for 30% off!
Visit the "Hobby Robot" section at
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2) New Book: RoboCup- 2002 : Robot Soccer World Cup
RoboCup is an international initiative devoted to advancing the state of
the art in artificial intelligence and robotics. The ambitious long-term
goal is to build a team of robot soccer players which can beat a human
World Cup champion team by 2050. Almost 200 teams from 29 countries
entered the 2002 competition and more than 100,000 spectators attended.
Each year RoboCup publishes a book covering that year's competition.
"RoboCup- 2002" is the sixth official book devoted to RoboCup. It
documents the achievements presented at the 6th Robot World Cup Soccer
Rescue Competition and Conference. The teams consist of five robots. The
winning teams use excellent mechanical design and advanced vision systems
to get the edge. The book is packed with illustrations, and every page
a wealth of information. At almost 500 pages, the amount of knowledge
packed into this book is incredible.
"RoboCup- 2002" opens with an overview presenting the history of this
sport, the overall perspectives and challenges, and a survey of the state
of the art. The technical paper section presents the latest research and
development. Each paper was carefully reviewed and selected from 76
submissions. The teams describe their robots in detail--everything from
programming strategies to wheel design. Also included is a league report
summarizing the results of the various leagues running competitions.
These books are mandatory reading for the rapidly growing RoboCup
community as well as a valuable source of reference and inspiration for
hobbyists and professionals interested in multi-agent systems,
artificial intelligence, robot vision, and intelligent robotics.
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3) New Book: Robots
Robots are everywhere: in the movies, on TV, in space, and in games. This
book will bedazzle children with possibilities-all accompanied by
photos, illustrations, explanations, and activities.
"Robots" introduces readers to the world of these fascinating machines,
from the simplest robots through the robots which operate complex
machinery, to the latest intelligent robots and cyborgs.
Stunning photographs and exciting digital artwork splash across every
page. Clear explanations lead readers from general overview to close-up
focus on fascinating detail. Involving, informative projects and
activities engage young reader's interest and encourage hands-on
involvement and understanding.
"Robots" is a science-based, highly visual, inspirational learning
experience. It gives kids a look at the subject with fun and
easy-to-follow projects.
Visit the "Books for Kids" section at
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this book.
4) New Book: Fundamentals of Robotics
Tomorrow's robots, including humanoid robots, will perform tasks like
tutoring children, working as tour guides, driving humans to work, and
family shopping. They will enhance our lives in ways we never dreamed
possible. No time to attend a meeting on Asian strategy? Let your robot
for you and make the decisions. Not feeling well enough to go to the
clinic? Let Dr. Robot come to you, make a diagnosis, and get you the
necessary medicine for treatment. No time to coach the soccer team this
week? Let the robot do it for you.
Tomorrow's robots will be the most exciting and revolutionary things to
happen to the world since the invention of the automobile. They will
change the way we work, play, think, and live. Today robotics is one of
the most dynamic fields of scientific research. It is offered in almost
every university in the world. This book will guide you, the curious
beginner, from yesterday to tomorrow. "Fundamentals of Robotics" covers
practical knowledge in understanding, developing, and using robots as
versatile equipment to automate a variety of industrial processes or
Visit the "Advanced Books" section at
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this book.
5) New Book: Anatomy of a Robot
This book looks under the hood of all robotic projects, stimulating
teachers, students, and hobbyists to learn more about the gamut of areas
associated with control systems and robotics. It offers a comprehensive
presentation of the theory and philosophy of robotics in a technically
accurate yet entertaining way.
Reading "Anatomy of a Robot" is like having a robot on the operating room
table. Crack open the pages and you'll be able to dissect a robot from
head to toe--or from project management and design to motors and power
systems. Discover how robots move, how they see and hear, what gives them
their power, and, at times, their gentleness. Delve into the robot's
brains, and learn how experienced robot designers use control systems and
artificial intelligence to make their machines think.
"Anatomy of a Robot" exposes the life and human creativity behind today's
robot. Always entertaining, this exceptional book takes you deep inside
the theory and craft, philosophy and science of robotics. Coverage ranges
from control systems and computer hardware to nuts and bolts topics such
as actuators and mechanics, with plenty of humor and math to help with
anatomy lesson. A must for robot professionals and serious robot
and a treat for science lovers and teachers, "Anatomy of a Robot" is a
journey inside one of today's most exciting and fast-moving fields.
This book is on sale for 30% off!
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6) Sale: Robot Kits
Get an additional 10% discount on our Robot Kits and our BEAM Robot Kits!
Just enter coupon code CJNEWS at checkout.
Hurry! This offer expires in two days on Friday November 21, 2003
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