Imagine someone gave you a sackful of money and told you to build a robot. You'd definitely want it to be the best robot in the world. But how do you go about designing THAT? Armed with your own imagination and some smart research, find out how you can transform a fantasy design into an actual dream product. You'll apply real-world design considerations to your ideas, refining your design to make it workable and achievable as it takes shape.
Armed with a MacBook Air and the miracle of the Internet, Paul lives and writes at a secret location somewhere on the west coast of Europe. You can be pretty sure that keeping his feet warm under the writing table is his one-eyed surf dog, Daisy. As well as being a writer, Paul is a wanderer. He has lived in various countries - always in the high mountains, or somewhere near a good surfing beach. "Wherever I am, though, and whatever else I'm doing," he says, "I follow Ray Bradbury's advice: 'Write, every single day.'" Paul writes about many subjects, but his books are mostly to do with sports, the world's different peoples, places, and animals, or the weird and wonderful.
1: Designing the best ever robot 2: Design Brief: What is this robot for? 3: Step 1: Sketch a design 4: Step 2: Is this robot the right shape? 5: Step 3: Design the robot's face 6: Step 4: Decide how big the robot should be 7: Step 5: Decide how the robot will move about 8: Step 6: Help the robot see 9: Step 7: Get your robot to pick things up 10: Step 8: Get the robot speaking (and listening) 11: Step 9: Pick your materials 12: Step 10: Customising your robot 13: The world's best robot 14: Other amazing robots 15: Glossary 16: Answers to 'Work it out' questions 17: Index