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Ultimate Robot [Hardcover]

Robert Malone
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7 Oct 2004
Do you know Transformers from the Terminator? Blending science fiction with science fact, this is the ultimate guide to every kind of robot. Covering all types of makes and models - from celluloid classics to tin toys and the latest Japanese cyborg, this is a must for all those "boys" who are mad about the 'bot!


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  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (7 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751373613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751373615
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Malone founded Automation News and was former editor-in-chief for Managing Automation. He is the Chairman of the Automation Hall of Fame and is author of The Robot Book and Rocketship. He contributes to Scientific American and Omni magazine. Robert lives in New York.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I am trying to determine which audience this title is intended for. It seems too esoteric for someone with merely a casual interest in robots, yet far too superficial for the serious robot enthusiast. I cannot imagine there being very many people in the intermediary group, so I suppose the book will have a fairly limited audience.
Yet DK must be given credit for publishing it in the first place. It is not often one sees books delving into this particular subject matter.
How well does it do it, then?
The book is divided into a number of chapters dealing with a variety of robot types - toys, artistic representations, movie/TV robots, robot pets, robot kits, etc. The category boundaries, as well as the selection in each, seem at times somewhat haphazard.
In each category is represented a number of "main" entries, giving a fairly comprehensive amount of information on each entry, and "gallery" entries, merely showing what else is out there in that particular category.
Any assessment of the content must reasonably take into account two factors: First, how comprehensive and/or representative the selection of entries is, and second, how relevant and/or accurate the information given in the entries is.
For the first part, the book does cover most of the basics, although there are a number of glaring omissions. I would have to say that the selection is fairly comprehensive, but fails on the representativeness criterion.
As for the second part, I must say I am fairly disappointed. Most entries have some minor factual error, and some have grave, major errors. As for the relevance of the technical information presented, it is for the most part too limited to be truly useful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative 29 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A good book. Very informative and my class have loved seeing robots they recognise too, like Wall-E. lots of pictures and diagrams to go with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great fun read 31 Dec 2012
By Rob B
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My girlfriend loves clockwork toys and my kids for all this world brings in the shape ok wii's and Xbox consoles love her clockwork robots!! Go figure. The book is glossy and hardback full of images and information. I don't think it's a book for the toy robot auction collector. I don't think it's at that level but it's nice to have a flick through for infirmation or if you spot a something on EBay.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, if flawed, compilation of popular robots 29 Nov 2004
By J. Myllyluoma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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I am trying to determine which audience this title is intended for. It seems too esoteric for someone with merely a casual interest in robots, yet far too superficial for the serious robot enthusiast. I cannot imagine there being very many people in the intermediary group, so I suppose the book will have a fairly limited audience.

Yet DK must be given credit for publishing it in the first place. It is not often one sees books delving into this particular subject matter.

How well does it do it, then?

The book is divided into a number of chapters dealing with a variety of robot types - toys, artistic representations, movie/TV robots, robot pets, robot kits, etc. The category boundaries, as well as the selection in each, seem at times somewhat haphazard.

In each category is represented a number of "main" entries, giving a fairly comprehensive amount of information on each entry, and "gallery" entries, merely showing what else is out there in that particular category.

Any assessment of the content must reasonably take into account two factors: First, how comprehensive and/or representative the selection of entries is, and second, how relevant and/or accurate the information given in the entries is.

For the first part, the book does cover most of the basics, although there are a number of glaring omissions. I would have to say that the selection is fairly comprehensive, but fails on the representativeness criterion.

As for the second part, I must say I am fairly disappointed. Most entries have some minor factual error, and some have grave, major errors. As for the relevance of the technical information presented, it is for the most part too limited to be truly useful.

In the end, the book still gets four stars from me, partly because of the beautiful, picture-laden physical presentation, and partly because it represents a stellar starting effort. Whereas the information contained within the binders has serious gaps, omissions, misrepresentations, and outright errors, it is still a handy - as well as beautiful - compilation of robots in popular culture. But that is where I see its main value: as a compilation for those who already know enough of the subject not to depend on the information given for its veracity. As a source of information, it is seriously flawed.

If Robert Malone gets around to writing a second, revised edition ... the work might live up to its potential.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Artificial Intelligence 12 Oct 2004
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Whether you are interested in Androids or robot pets, this book celebrates robots in all their forms. This book includes surveys of the most famous robot toys, influential robots that have become popular in our culture and a discussion about why we are so intrigued with robots. This book also takes a look at the future. What's Next?

Robert Malone is an expert in the fields of robotics and automation. He contributes to many magazines, including Omni, Industrial Design, Industrial Equipment News, Inbound Logistics, and Dot Zero. He also lectures, designs and makes appearances on television to bring awareness to advances in robotic science.

This visual guide to robots is divided into four main sections:

Robot Toy and Collectibles
Robot Construction Kits
Robots in Art & Entertainment
Robots: The New Generation

Transformers, GoBots, MicroPets, Humanoid Toys and AIBO Dogs are all featured in full-color pictures with detailed explanations. Star Wars Droids, The Terminator and Data all make their appearance. There are also sections for Children's Favorites on TV and Computer Games.

Unique Sections:

Robot Artists
Robot Sculptors
Soccer Robots
Surgical Robots
BattleBots
Music Robots
Computer-Controlled Fish

Each page is filled with full-color pictures and specification charts (manufacture date, country of origin, manufacturer, height, power source, intelligence, capabilities).

I definitely need one of those Electrolux Trilobite vacuum cleaners or the Roomba with intelligent navigation. DK has definitely created a definitive guide to the world of robots and whether you collect robots or enjoyed watching Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, there is a wealth of information that is sure to impress.

~The Rebecca Review
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Compleat Robot 10 Sep 2006
By Gord Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Britain's DK Books are known for their lavish, full color coffee table creations, and this volume is no exception. At just under 200 pages it surveys nearly every avenue of things robotic. As such, it's a great overview, interest jogger or introduction to the subject whether your interest lies in toy collecting, robot building or sci-fi films. The flip side is that such a brief treatment can't hope to be exhaustive. My four stars is not due to any lack in the book, but merely because this book is easily used up. But not before it's achieved its purpose in directing the interested reader toward further study and reading.

My take on this book is that it's overwhelming and covers so much ground as to be a jack of all trades and expert in none. Again, that's not a bad thing for an introductory book. The reading level is also curious. It's in the "adult" DK series but the writing is easily graspable by a smart teen. What it all comes down to is that robots are their own thing; like them or you don't. If you do, this is very much your book.

This book does what other robot books fail to do in presenting humanoid robots and their toy-like offshoots. Since it's British, it covers The Hitchhiker's Guide (the original BBC mini-series, not the Disney movie), Dr. Who's K-9 and the Daleks and UK shows like "Little Robots" which will hopefully make it stateside soon. Malone sweeps briefly over robot toys but those covered get full page or even two page color spreads. He gives a brief, thoughtful summary of robotic history and touches on their aesthetic and imaginative appeal. Since the book is from 2004, it covers the first Robosapien and not the new model, but that's more than made up for by the bits on Japan's lesser-known PaPeRo and Sony's QRIO along with the AIBO robot dog. Casting such a wide net, this book cannot hope to be exhaustive of any one area, but it's lavish presentation will enchant any robot afficianado.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate robot book (a review by Eli age 7) 6 Aug 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book. I especially like "The new generation" chapter and "art and entertainment". My favorite robots are PaPeRo, soccer robots and BattleBots. this book tells me a lot about all different kinds of robots, a subject that I am really interested in. This is really the ultimate robot book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for true robot lovers 9 Dec 2011
By Trina Boice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my youngest son who is an avid robot lover. He can look at it for hours and absolutely loves it. The descriptions are really good and the images are great.

It has a lot of good variety and even some history of the evolution of robotics. We learned about the famous Honda ASIMO robot through this book and was thrilled when we got to see a demonstration of its performance at Disneyland!
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