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Why is there so much Fascination with Robotics

Updated on August 26, 2010

Robots and robotics have been around for many years and yet the fascination and technology is advancing in leaps and bounds. As kids we all had our imaginations soaring in different directions with the comic strips coming up with imaginative ideas.

Let’s face it in the early 1900’s who would have really believed we would be landing on the moon and sending rockets into space. At the same time our robotics have done better still

If we let our imagination go wild, someone will come up with more incredible inventions for a robot to do anything at all. Nowadays there is so much research on a variety of autonomous robots. There are walking robots, autonomous underwater vehicles, remote controlled vehicles and of course simulated systems. Gone are the days in the late 1970’s where kids had those slow moving talking robots. Sophistication and technology has gone in leaps and bounds. In fact they have already replaced humans with cars being fitted and welded by robots.

Robots used in the medical field

A robot is a machine that is controlled by a medical physician through a computerized console.  This may be in another room to the patient or in the same room.  These robots work with robotic arms which the medical physician actually controls the work on the patient.  In order for the robot to work, the medical practitioner inputs the procedure to be carried out into the robot before surgery.

Many forms of robotics are already in use in both clinical and surgical medicine.  Some of these are as follows:

  • Tiny cameras are inserted into the body allowing surgeons to perform medical wonders with minimal damage to the patients.
  • They are also being used to monitor a patient’s bloodstream and pain management.      They help with the rehabilitation of patients.
  • There are walking machines that help the patients get back on their feet after serious injuries. 
  • Many people move their wheelchairs by the use of thoughts transmitted with the use of robotics.

As research improves, more and more advances will be made for these robots to take over more of the medical mundane tasks.

Underwater Robots

Many types of robots have been produced to travel miles under the ocean to search for sunken ships, help with the control of our marine life. And now they have produced a state of the art underwater robot called bob which could be used around the large cities of Turkey to detect and aid in the warning of massive earthquakes in that area.

Robotic Fish

This has been built in the shape of a real black fish and is over a meter long. Technicians give it a variety of instructions which is then controlled by a remote control pad which tells it where and how it swims with the movement of a fish. This can stay underwater for up to three hours reaching a speed of about 4 k’s an hour.

This is small and flexible enough that is does not affect the environment, and has been used to search for a sunken warship.

Military Robots

Robots are also used to inspect dangerous and hazardous environment situations. These are fitted with cameras and sensors it is sent into buildings and can detect where the bomb or danger lies. It will prevent a person from endangering their life while surveying this situation.

Then there is the Predator which is an unmanned plane. This is a super high tech plane with some autonomous flying capabilities. Use originally for reconnaissance. It can now be fitted with laser guided missiles.

Rovio Wi-Fi Enabled Robotic Webcam

This will keep both the little and the big kids happy. It is a Robotic Wi-Fi webcam that moves in any direction and can easily controlled remotely. Interact with Rovio through its streaming video and built in camera.

Just a click away from anyone that is close to you. You can easily control Rovio anywhere in the world on any day. Also Mac, PC, cell phone and PDA friendly or you can use it on your game console video.

IRobot 530 Roomba Vacuuming Robot

Now they have even made something to make house cleaning easier.  This smart but powerful little vacuum has iRobots proven three stage cleaning system. Side brushes grab dirt and lint from around furniture and walls. The counter rotating brushes even pick up pet hair, and collect it into a large easy to empty bagless container.

And what’s more you do not have to put all those cords and pipes away as it does this itself.  It returns to its docking station and recharges automatically. What more could you want?




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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      prasetio30, we have to keep learning, can always find something new, thanks for stopping by

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know about this before. Thanks for the information. I have new knowledge here. As a teacher, thank you for showing me about this. Advances in the medical world. Good work

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, you are so right. It is the human beings that are controlling and programming them. thanks for stopping by

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      VERY GOOD HUB! I am intrigued with robotic technology usage in the medical industry. Not only is it fascinating, there are great opportunities for destroying illnesses that otherwise would not be possible. As long as we realize that no matter how 'intelligent' these robots are (whatever form they may take), actual people are still necessary. I watched a short info concerning robotics in the medical industry on TV, it was amazing. But, without the physicians there, there is the possibility of so much going wrong. I'm all for the advancement of technology, but we must remember, people are important too. Thanks for the info.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Fits4 life, yes I think you are so right. thanks for reading

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      Cherri Brown-Jett 7 years ago from Richmond

      I was not aware of so many robots. My mother-in-law recieved a Roomba for Christmas last year and she loves it. It goes in places that a vacuum does not. We will probably see a lot more robots as technology advances.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Deborah Donados, Oh thats great, I think I will just have to get one, it would be handy. thanks for stoppin by

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      Deborah Donados 7 years ago from Portland

      I love my Roombas! We have two -- one for the hardwood areas and one for the carpeted areas.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      lctodd, there are many different types as well as those toy robots for the kids.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      I have seen the vaccum robots but did not know about all of the others.

      Great informtion. Thanks

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Pamela99, Sounds like a great idea for us oldies, but how do you know it does the whole floor. Would it hit and miss or does it really go all over the room. Thanks for stopping by

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Very good hub. I have a Roomba vacuum and it is easier, especially on your back but cleaning it afterwords is a bit of a hassle. This was an interesting hub.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Ethel, yes it is amazing just what technology there is around out there. you will see my other article on same you know where. cheers

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Maven101, wow, now that would be really fascinating what an imagination you have. We need you to start inventing as you have the ideas. Nanobots I just looked that up and gee they look even more interesting. will do a bit more research on that looks great. Shame we wont be around to see that world. Thanks for stopping by

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Beats me, yes and there are lots lots more too. thanks for stopping by.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It looks as if Robots might really take of then

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Very interesting Hub, nicely researched and well written...

      I find the study of nanotechnology endlessly fascinating...The idea of microscopic nanobots creating their own equally smaller nanobots ad infinitum is mind-boggling... Imagine an army of bacteria sized nanobots designed to attack and destroy cancer cells before they replicate, or performing microscopic surgery on your brain...

      Consider the time when we finally marry human DNA with robotics...consider the Frankensteinian implications of a self-replicating cyborg in competition with humans...I would love to lift the veil of the future just a little and peek into that world...Thank you for this , Larry

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      BeatsMe 7 years ago

      Why there is so much fascination in robotics? I think it's because of the convenience it brings to everyone. Wow, I didn't know there are so many robots out there. Thanks for a nice hub. :)