Evolution of Robots Throughout History
History of Robotics
Evolution of robotics - A quick overview of robots to modern times
As the holidays approach interesting new technologies and products are emerging for all ages. Over the last two decades technology has advanced significantly as we know with the creation of the internet, powerful hand held computers in our pockets (i.e. iPhone), and advanced technologies in toys/gadgets, In today's society in my opinion we take advanced technologies for granted.
The concept of robotics has been around for thousands of years and has continued to advance and evolve throughout the years. Archimedes (287-212BC) an ancient Greek mathematician did not invent a robot, however did invent many mechanical systems that are used in robotics today.
In 1901 a diver found a complex device between the islands of Crete and Kythera compromised of a mix of different gears that resembled a mechanical computer that may have been used to calculate the position of the moon, sun or other celestial bodies. The device was given the name of "The Antikythera Device" and dates back 2000 years.
Leonardo da Vinci best known as an artist however was also a scientist and an inventor. In 1495 he sketched plans for a humanoid robot.
In 1913 Henry Ford introduced the concept of robotics to car assembly lines installing the world’s first moving conveyor belt-based assembly line and the model-T car was assembled in 93 minutes.
In 1932 the 1st robot toy "Lilliput" was produced in Japan and was a wind-up toy which walked.
In 1964 IBM 360 become the first computer to be mass-produced.
In 1969 the U.S. successfully used robotic technologies to land Neil Armstrong on the moon.
In 1997 IBM computer "Deep Blue" beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
We now have robots on Mars. NASA launched twin robotic rovers in 2003 called Spirit and Sojourner to explore and chart the planet Mars.
Its just amazing, if you take a minute to reflect, on the accomplishments of man-kind in reference to advancements in technologies in computers and robotics throughout our history. All kinds of robots are around us in many industries working behind the scenes. Personally i love new technologies - and advanced games, toys, gadgets, etc. is my past time. I remember one of the 1st cool robots by Sharper Image (the original Robosapien). My 5 year old son actually uses the robot today.
I wonder how technology, looking ahead in the future, will advance in robotics 20 years from now. As mentioned the concept of robotics dates back thousands of years. It would be really interesting to see the evolution of robotics in another thousand years. The first robot on TV i loved growing up was from the show "Lost in Space." Anyone remember the robots name?
Over the years I have owned/tested various robots and learned the unique features of them. I have seen robotic technologies advance/progress significantly over the years. A robot that in my opinion that has molded many of the technological advancements on the market into one unit is Cozmo. Cozmo is a really cool and sophisticated robot with a varying personality types that continues to evolve with every interaction/s. Cozmo's personality is dependent on and evolves based on its interactions with family members in the household. Specifically he expresses emotions based on your specific interaction. He at times may feel playful or cranky and those emotions are displayed with voice responses and/or displayed emotions on it's screen. Again his interactions are based on your interactions, including everyone in your family. He learns from everyone and interacts with everyone. Cozmo is a learning robot that is curious about his environment and explores and continues to learn.