They are non-living things, but they could be the next superior beings that will dominate this planet. For now though, they are still our tireless servants. Which do you think among these robots can you declare as the most ideal in rendering any form of service?
It was designed with the hopes that it will be able to serve as a robotic 4-legged carrier to accompany soldiers in terrain too rough for conventional vehicles. Instead of wheels or treads, it’s meant to walk in a controlled locomotion. Its behaviors can vary greatly. It can stand up, sit down, walk in ways that are better than a real dog. Despite the high hopes that goes with it, this petrol-powered machine was deemed too noisy for use in combat. For this reason the BigDog project was discontinued. But when put in domestic applications, who knows how great is the help it can give to its masters?
Nobody likes dirty and dusty floors, and in this problem, the Roomba robot can offer the most convenient solutions. As an intelligent vacuum cleaner, it features a set of basic sensors that enable it to change direction upon encountering obstacles, detect dirty spots on the floor, and sense steep drops to keep it from falling down stairs. Upon sensing battery depletion, it can even look for floor-level power outlets so it can re-charge itself. Lately, some Roomba models are being reprogrammed by their owners where they can go beyond the cleaning chores so they can be used for amusement or artistic purposes.
It is a humanoid robot, with the strength of roughly ten men. It could perform several autonomous tasks, primarily for navigating disaster areas and for working with any tools and materials at hand. It is able to lift and clear heavy debris during rescue operations, and has an extra level of articulation presented by the innovative motors used to power and perform its movements. With its long arms and squat torso, Schaft is capable of moving at a speed of 2 kilometers per hour. It was Google’s entry to the 2013 DARPA Robotics challenge, where it was awarded prestigiously, beating other brilliantly crafted robots from all over the world.
As established by the Mars Exploration Program, Curiosity’s main goal is to help determine whether Mars could ever have supported life. This makes the wheeled robot a hero in its own right, ushering new human civilization into another planet. Although it is comprised of complex mechanisms, its task is quite simple – taking photographs and gathering information that it can send back to Earth for further analysis. It is undeniably one the most famous robots in history, largely for being the first to trek into Martian soil – a place where no earthling has ever been.
It actually means Ecological Robot and it refers to a class of robots that can sustain itself by collecting energy from nearby materials, mostly waste matter, from the environment. A robot within this classification has the ability to compute and execute tasks by following a set of rules given in an algorithm, with minimum human intervention. Such tasks could range from common household chores to heavy intricate industry processes. They are the perfect mechanical servants, which could very well put an end to human error problems in production establishments.
If you place your ladder at a corner of the house, and if your gutters are wide enough you can easily clean out two sides of a house in a few minutes – That’s what critics say about this tiny robot. It is remote-controlled and is designed to resemble a toy tank with a power drill mounted on the front. It is only 2.25 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide, just as small as a cellphone. Of course, robots of similar caliber are also used in warfare and espionage where they are agents for destruction. But to us, they can be the handiest semi-intelligent tools that can make our homes better.
Most robots are built for utility purposes, but this one is different – it is designed for therapy. Paro can help relieve depression and anxiety. It has been used primarily in care facilities, especially for dementia patients. It is programmed to respond to sounds and can learn names, including its own. Furthermore, it can seek out eye contact, respond to touch, remember faces, and learn actions that generate a favorable reaction. It is active during the day and sleep at night. It can indeed be anyone’s pet and companion. But unlike most pets, it never needs to be fed and it doesn’t die.
In this day and age, everyone wants to be anywhere instantly. This is impossible, until Vgo came along. Harnessing the power of telepresence to the fullest, it allows you to broadcast yourself into a faraway place where you can have the freedom to move around as if you were physically there. Equipped with a screen that can project your face, and with wheels that allows mobility, you can see, hear, talk and interact with the ones you want to connect to. Thus the Vgo can be your digital but physical representation in a place that’s impossible to be at in short notice.
As the name suggests, the idea behind the Robonaut is to have humanoid machines work alongside astronauts – ones that could provide other sets of hands to perform those jobs that are either too dangerous for crew members or too mundane for them to spend time on. NASA declares Robonauts are essential to the future of Earth orbit studies and to that of space exploration in general. In our dream to one day build and reside on human habitats on other planets, they could be our first loyal servants and companions that are vital to our survival.
This robot can traverse mud, rocks, stairs, and other surfaces using its caterpillar track. Why it is designed for such a variety of roadways is because it is meant for detecting and diffusing improvised explosive devices. Thus, they keep soldiers safer in combat. Robots of this kind were also used on several reconnaissance missions at some power plants to remove debris and measure radiation readings. Domestically, they may not be too useful, but in life-threatening scenarios, they can be the ultimate stealthy saviors.
Which among these should be ranked as No. 1?