The word “robot” brings up images of futuristic machines that seem like they belong in a science fiction movie. However, real robots are already around us and can be seen operating on factory floors, building cars or assembling electronics. They are also used in the home for tasks such as vacuuming or mowing lawns.
There are many different types of real robots – some that look human-like and others more like mechanical arms with eyes. Robots have been used for decades but now they’re becoming smarter than ever before so we don’t need to do all the work ourselves! We’ll talk about five types of real robots today: industrial robots, service robots, military robotics, humanoid robotics, and mobile robots.
First, let’s talk about real robots found in factories. These are sometimes called “production” or “industrial” robots. They have been around for a long time and were first used on assembly lines to perform repetitive tasks such as welding, painting, and material handling. Although the history of these tools goes back to the 1960s, real robots have been used on assembly lines even before that. In 1961, a robotic arm called Unimate was introduced by General Motors to take over the dangerous and boring task of lifting heavy objects such as auto body panels in a GM factory.
Roughly 90 percent of real robots in factories today belong to a class of robot known as “industrial robots.” These real robots are typically used to perform dangerous tasks such as welding, painting, assembly or handling of heavy items. This type of real robot is often called a “manipulator” because it can be programmed to move objects precisely in any desired direction and orientation.
Next up are real robots that can drive around and can be used for real applications. These real robots are also called “mobile robots” and we use them to perform tasks such as delivering mail or packages, checking traffic patterns, inspecting buildings or surveying land. One of the most exciting types of these real robots is the self-driving car, which has been in development since 2012 and will soon be available to the public.
Then there are real robots that are used in the military. The most well-known type of real robot in this category is the “drone,” which is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can be controlled from a distance. Drones are used for reconnaissance, surveillance, and attack missions. They can be configured to carry out a variety of tasks, such as gathering intelligence, delivering supplies, or conducting airstrikes.
Drones have been in use by the military for about 15 years, but their use has increased dramatically in recent years due to advances in technology. In fact, the US Department of Defense plans to increase its spending on drones from $2.5 billion in 2015 to $10 billion by 2021.
Then there are real robots that look like humans. These real robots are called “humanoid robotics” and they’re mainly used for research and development purposes. Some of the most famous humanoid real robots are Honda’s ASIMO and Boston Dynamics’ Atlas.
ASIMO is a real robot that was developed by Honda in the early 2000s. It is the most advanced humanoid real robot in the world and can walk, run, and even climb stairs. Atlas is a real robot made by Boston Dynamics, which is a robotics company owned by Google. Atlas is much more advanced than ASIMO and can perform real-life tasks such as opening doors, kicking a ball, and punching.
Many real robots found in the military are humanoid real robots because they can operate weapons or drive vehicles like humans. One of the main goals for humanoid real robotics is to make real robots more intelligent so that they don’t need human input. In other words, real robots of the future may have real robot drivers instead of real robot pilots.
Service Robots are real robots that make real strides in real life. They were originally designed to serve humans, but now they also do a lot of work for machines. Service robots can be found in hospitals, restaurants and homes across the country.
Some service robots have been specially trained by doctors or nurses at a hospital to deliver supplies or medications throughout the facility while avoiding obstacles like people and furniture. Other service robotic devices help patients with mobility challenges by doing things like picking up objects from the floor when they fall out of reach, opening doors with their powerful arms, or providing physical therapy so an injured person can walk again with less pain and discomfort. In restaurants, food is picked up from one station and delivered to another by a robot cart moving on a track. This is especially helpful in busy kitchens where there just isn’t enough staff to keep up with the demand for food.
At home, service robots can do things like vacuum the floor, mop the floors, change bed sheets, take out the trash and even fold clothes! Some models even come equipped with cameras and arms that allow them to clear countertops and put dishes in the sink.
Service robots help make real life a little easier for real people.