The Past, Present and Future of Robots
9 Top Robot Inventions
Then and Now
Originally robots were just a joke. An imaginary thought in folks heads. Television romanticized robots as machines that could take over the world, etc. Now fantasy is becoming a stark reality. Once upon a time robots were small, plastic battery operated, remote controlled gadgets. Those days are long gone.
Smart phones, self driving cars and now robots. Robots can be controlled by an individual or more recently they work with computer hardware, software and other hardwired circuitry which makes them capable of astonishing things. Artificial Intelligence is a fear for some people in the industry who fear a machine take over. Robots are all around us and the Android population s steadily growing to be sure.
Old Timey Robots
What About You?
Have you ever owned a robot of any kind before?
Types of Robots
Educational Robots: These machines are able to teach things such as the English language to humans. Also, some of these bots can teach computer programs to adults too.
Androids: These Humanoids or Androids look and act like human beings. From talking and walking to emotions and expressions on their face.
Industrial Robots: These robots are used in plants and other businesses to complete simple, repetitive tasks such as unloading trucks.
Military Robots: These robots can enter the field and drop off supplies for soldiers and they can also recover injured soldiers from the battle field.
Telerobots: These robots are operated from afar by an actual person.
Entertainment Robots: These mechanical devices entertain people by doing everything from dancing and laying cards to playing soccer.
Healthcare Robots: Probably the most important of all the robotics inventions. Medical Bots can assistant the injured and they can also be used to help hospital staff in several other ways.
Domestic Robots: These robots are for household use and different ones are for different uses. An example is that their is a small robot that vacuums rooms on its own.
Robot (The Twilight Zone)
Robotics for Toys & Learning
Robots have long been used in the workplace for certain jobs. But toys such as the Furby which came out in the 90's was able to learn English and other things. Furby knew zero English only Furbish. This mini robot could be taught English and certain expressions. Many robotic toys have came along including a robot toy that uses an I Phone for a face and an App to make it do tons of things and obey commands. Although kids toys can be fun these computerized robot toys can teach and learn. Instead of skateboards kids will soon be flying on hover boards. Instead of watching the robot maid Rosy on the cartoon "The Jetson's" Children will have their own robots at home. I Sing the Body Electric, indeed.
R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy
Humanoid Robots were originally just a part of peoples imaginations but now in 2015 Japan has led the way in Humanoid production. To be honest they look and act just like a real human and it is hard to tell the difference. Japan has over 40% of the world's robots. The Androids that are made to look human and have expressions such as smiling and looking confused. It's hard to know what to make out of life lie Bots. I think they can be useful but looking just like everyone else is a little frightening to me.
Asimo Robot Playing Soccer (Video)
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ASIMO & Such
Honda came out with the ASIMO robot which has been programmed to do many functions including: pouring drinks, dancing, walking up stairs, talking and even playing soccer. Asimo which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, can run almost 4 MPH, weighs just 106 pounds and stands 4 feet 3 inches tall. Asimo can recognize when its battery is low and finding its charging station and recharge itself. Amazingly, the 2015 version of this Android can shake hands and give verbal answers based on hand gestures or voice commands.
Technology and Invention Hubs
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I remember that time towards the end of 1999 and going into 2000. Some people panicked and stock piled supplies. Others sat back and laughed. I will take a look at both sides.
- Best Medical Inventions of the 1920's
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- Invention in The Spotlight: Google Glass Review
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- Worst Inventions of All Time
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- Asimo Robot and other Honda Technologies
This article describes some of Honda's top inventions. Cars, vans, motorcycles, Pressure Washers and Garden Tillers are listed in this hub and of course the Honda robot called Asimo.
- The 10 Best Inventions of 2014
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Robot Dog Toy
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Robot All Over....
Robot Toys are becoming more and more sophisticated. When Furby was released in the mid 90's it had the ability to learn English from its owner. In the warehouse robotic arms are loading hot steel from one location to another. The richest of us will be the first to test market true home androids, humanoid style.
The possibilities can go on and on with robots. Today they can vacuum your carpet but in the near future they will cook, wash dishes and wash and dry he clothes.
Humanoid Robots in Action (Video)
Robots in Film and Television
Robots have been portrayed in television shows and movies for decades and truthfully much of that technology is now really happening. The Will Smith film called "I Robot" is still a little ways off from being a reality but it is no longer far fetched. Then, of course, you have the androids in the film franchise "The Terminator" or Rosie the robot maid from The Jetsons. Lest we forget all the robot and humanoid based episodes of The Twilight Zone. The bottom line is that all the fiction about robots is now non fiction. For better or for worse, we are entering a robotic age.
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