Best Robotics Books To Read In 2024

Are you a beginner in robotics but don’t know where to start, or are you already an expert but looking to brush up on what’s happening in the industry? Check out our curated list of the best robotics books and ebooks to add to your reading list in 2024.  


1.Mastering Robotics: A Comprehensive Guide to Learn Robotics

As robots enter more environments every day, “Mastering Robotics” offers a comprehensive guide to understanding and harnessing the power of robotics. This book is great for everyone, from robotics beginners to enthusiasts, and covers various topics from the fundamentals of robotics to sensors and perceptions, programming, vision and machine learning, real-world applications, and more.


2. Robots-As-A-Service: A Complete Guide

Published in 2020, the insights provided by author Gerardus Blokdyk still very much apply to the robots-as-a-service  (RaaS) market. In this book, you will find a self-assessment for your robotics company to understand which areas of the business need to improve, determine which best practices to implement, and a roadmap to integrating recent advancements within the RaaS market. This book also includes yearly updates to ensure you always have the most up-to-date business suggestions. 


3. The New Sensational 2024 Guide To Robotics: A Beginners And Advanced Guide In Understanding Robotics

The robotics industry has made plenty of advances in the past year, including leveraging big data for enhanced programming capabilities, integrating new sensors and connected devices to monitor environmental factors, and developing more complex robots for applications such as manufacturing, health and safety, and human assistance. This book explores how recent advancements will affect robotics applications this year and how it is predicted to intersect further with AI.


4. The Updated Modern Robotics 2022/2023: The Essential Guide To Robotics From Beginner to Expert

In a time where robots are trusted with more sophisticated tasks, the process of building intelligent robots is equally more intricate. This book will teach you best practices for planning and building sophisticated robots, as well as how to program them. 

As you read further, you’ll progress to learning how to add outputs and sensors, write code, and more to help you build an impressive, intelligent robot that can perform basic AI operations.


5. Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents)

Mobile robots applications span from from the Mars Pathfinder mission’s teleoperated Sojourner to robots cleaning hotels, mowing lawns, and organizing warehouses. This book offers readers an introduction to the fundamentals of mobile robotics, spanning the mechanical, motor, sensory, perceptual, and cognitive layers the field comprises, with a specific focus on mobility itself and the mechanisms that enable a robot to move around.


6. Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics from Beginner to Expert

Are you a beginner in robotics, but want to dive deeper, quick? If your answer is yes, this robotics book is for you. Throughout your reading, you’ll learn the history of robotics, the 3 Rules, and meet the very first robots to be created. You’ll also cover how to build a range of robots and the “brains” behind their abilities, as well as the best materials, sensors, and hardware to build a robot from scratch. 


7. Service Robots: Advances in Research and Applications

Service robots can be found in almost every industry, but exactly how can we expect to see them used? In this book, read about real-world applications of the service robots in public relations and education, medical, agriculture, logistics, inspection and maintenance, and production processes as well as in other branches of industry. You’ll also learn about the issues of design and applications of service robots, spanning from classification to new fields including collaborative service robots (cobots) and advances in artificial intelligence.  


8. Humanoid Robots: Modeling & Control

Humanoid robots dominated headlines in 2023; if you’re looking to brush up on your knowledge of this developing technology, this book is a great option. The text provides a systematic presentation of the models used in the analysis, design, and control of humanoid robots. Readers will begin with a historical overview of the field, followed by theoretical foundations, model and control algorithms, and finishing with a look into simulation environments. 


9. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

All over the globe, there’s a race to build computer intelligence that is as flexible as that of a human. Research facilities and universities everywhere are attempting to crack the code to find the one algorithm to help robots discover any knowledge from data and do anything we want before a human even asks. In this book, author Pedro Domingos reveals the learning machines that help Google, Amazon, and smartphones, and covers what finding the “Master Algorithm” will mean for the world.


10. Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, And Control

Explore the development of robotics through the perspective of contemporary screw theory, with multiple examples. Learn about robot physics, planning, and control from a unified explanation that empowers readers to self-study the topic at their own pace. Instructions for writing robotics software are also included to help readers better understand robotics mathematics.


11. SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build

Read the true story of a group of scrappy engineers far from Silicon Valley as they take on the challenge of building a robot that lays bricks. The book follows a small start-up, Construction Robotics, working out of a small trailer to build the Semi-Automated Mason: SAM. Follow their journey through major setbacks, including showdowns between meticulous scientists and brash bricklayers (and their even more opinionated union) and the challenge of revolutionizing one of the oldest trades.

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