Robots – are kinda intimidating inventions, as we have already seen in a bunch of Science fiction movies. But, there are 8 advanced robots helping humans you probably don’t know they exist.
We already have the most sophisticated robots around us which serving us in various industries like medical, automobile, and mines where a human cannot go directly and handle the situations. But, those robots have limitations, they are not intelligent and can’t work without human supervision.
Can robots do jobs without human help?
Yes, Thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning. There are the few most advanced robots powered by AI, helping humans to save the world. These robots are more conscious, intelligent, and designed to help humans without any human intervention.
You may probably think about how robots can help humans? if so, let’s find what can robots do to help humans – before getting into the topic.
So, what can robots do to help humans?
Robots can help us in security, automation, rescuing and exploring dangerous places, etc., some of the following are below:
Exploring space, underwater because of no air, no gravity, high pressure, and extreme temperature conditions
Fighting enemies in the national security borders
Using as security forces in critical areas such as airports, railways station, and other crowded places
Aiding injured in road accidents and natural disasters
Helping humans with a disability
Performing household works
Care-taking of children and senior citizens and so on.
We’ve been seeing robots guarding things in movies but, they are now a reality. A California-based firm Knightscope, Inc. building a series of Autonomous Security Data Machines (ADM) for detecting and preventing crimes.
A 5-foot Autonomous Security Robot called Knightscope K5 rows around the crowd places like airports, railway stations, sports stadiums, office premises, and malls searching for criminals, suspicious people, and activities. The Knightscope’s robots are inspired by humans, powered by AI, character-recognition, and facial-recognition algorithms. It uses sensors to navigate and prowl for intruders within the permitted area. It has sensors like:-
(1) LIDAR (light detection and ranging) – with 21 lasers that they’re spin around and capture the surroundings every 20 milliseconds.
(2) Ultrasonic sensor – just like the proximity sensor in the rear bumper of a car it let the robot know when things come close.
(3) GPS – so the K5 robot is conscious about its Geo-position/location and Geo-limits, also know where to go and how and to be within its geographical limits.
(4) Wheel odometry – like our automobiles how far they traveled and measure the speed.
(5) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) – is a combination of accelerators and gyroscopes which uses to measure a particular object’s force and angular rate to determine whether it’s accelerating or decelerating.
(6) Cameras with facial recognition algorithms – to identify the criminals from the crowd.
And microphones, heat detectors, and pollution monitors, etc.,
On the back-end, these security robots can scan over 300 license plates per minute, can able to blacklist individuals by blacklist their phones, faces, and vehicles. Then these so-called security robots will upload all the data to the cloud server and then the company alerts its clients.
7. da Vinci Surgical System – Robotic Surgeon
da Vinci is the most sophisticated medical robotic technology we have today, developed by the Californian firm Intuitive surgical. It is designed to perform minimally invasive surgeries i.e., it enables the surgeons to operate into a patient’s body through a few small cuts. da Vinci has two separate parts – an instrument unit and a console unit. The instrument unit is a tower-like mechanism equipped with four robotic arms, that can bend and rotate far greater than the human hand.
The console unit much like a gaming station, its handy joysticks like structure and foot pedals that help to translate surgeons’ hand movements into smaller precise movements using tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. And, its high-definition 3D endoscopic camera enables the surgeon to look into the patient’s body through its viewfinder. Despite not being fully automated, the da Vinci is well known for its great shake-proof precision control.
The da Vinci is operating more than four thousand hospitals worldwide. According to the MIT Technology review, da Vinci has already performed over five million surgeries worldwide.
6. Moley’s Kitchen – Smart Robotic Chef
Robotic waiters are already serving at hotels but what about robotic chefs???
Yes! Moley has created the world’s first robotic kitchen with a pair of metal limbs.
Moley’s kitchen is elegantly designed most advanced robotic chef (cooking machine). It has a pair of fully articulated robotic arms with tactile sensors, integrated into a kitchen. Inspired by master chefs Tim Anderson – it can reproduce entire movements and functions of a human hand at the same speed and sensitivity. And capable of cooking anything that a human chef can, with an exact flavor and taste.
It uses an integrated 3D camera and gesture recognition algorithms to record the precise movements of a chef. Later, the Robotic kitchen mimics the chef’s actions. Also, it supports an online library of recipes to cook delicious food.
The Moley’s kitchen features an oven, an electric stove, a dishwasher, and a touch screen console unit. Its artificial hands can able to handle most of the kitchen equipment like mixture blender, knives, etc.,
The prototype was previously demonstrated at International Robotics Show, and the consumer version of the kitchen set for launch in 2019.
5. Atlas: Milestone in Humanoid Robotics
Atlas is an advanced humanoid robot built-by American robotics company ‘Boston Dynamics’, designed to perform search and rescue operations in extreme conditions. It’s a 6-foot humanoid robot capable of walk on rough terrains and even on snow-covered areas. It is equipped with dual high-definition cameras and a laser rangefinder to estimate the distances and navigate. Atlas was the first robot to perform successful back-flips when released in the year 2013.
Atlas is an absolute breakthrough in humanoid robotics as it can get up itself when it gets knocked down. The project was funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Despite its exceptional capabilities, the Department of Defense has said that it won’t be used the robot for offensive or defensive warfare.
Chip is an intelligent and affectionate robotic dog that greets you at the door, follows you around, and plays with your kids just like your real pet dog. He’s not just smart and interactive, he can also learn new things so you can teach him tricks.
The chip comes with a pair of smart wristbands so he can identify its owner by the band, a smart ball so kids can play with him, and a smart Bedd to recharge himself. You can press the ‘like’ button on the band to encourage him to behave more. Your choices change his behavior and his personality so no other Chip can’t be like yours.
With embedded cutting-edge beacon sense technology and advanced sensors, Chip can always aware of his surroundings. He knows how to return his bed and when to charge himself. The chip will love to hear you so just say “Hey Chip” to get his attention.
3. Papper: Semi Humanoid Robot
Papper is more human than a robot, built by SoftBank Robotics. Papper is the first of its kind in the world to be socialized and to be live with humans. This semi-humanoid social robot is capable of understanding the principle of human emotions and adopts his behavior according to your moods. He can recognize your tone and understand the expressions on your face. He enjoys listening to music and dancing according to it.
Being a good listener and showing a general interest in your likes, tastes, and opinions, Papper could be a friend and a good companion. SoftBank says he is more interactive than some humans too. You can also see them as a door greeter in SoftBank mobile stores
The company says Papper is not yet a finished product, its open fully programmable platform allows individual developers to contribute.
2. Aido: Kids Best Friend
Aido is a super-smart robot funded by the Indiegogo project and powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Specially designed to be part of a family and make your home a better place to live. It could be your personal assistant, friend, teacher, and an intelligent companion. It can play instructional videos to teach your kids and recipe videos to help in the kitchen. It can also recognize each of the members of your family and escort them to their rooms. Its ability to connect with smart home appliances, allows it to control IoT smart home applications like lighting and AC temperature.
It supports all android apps and games. It could be a whole family entertainment by projecting movies and making video calls. It can enable remote monitoring & security of your home using its mobile app. Its sense of recognition technology helps it to behave according and object recognition to maneuver obstacles.
1. TAPIA: A talk robot companion
You got a meeting at 9 AM, it’s already being late!
and start the weather forecast about the place where your meeting scheduled.
Yes, Tapia an AI robot, keeps your company and helps to manage, organize and schedule your daily tasks. Its artificial intelligence and machine learning help Tapia to learn your lifestyle better. She could be the best companion by learning your lifestyle. With the features like advanced sensing technology, health assistant, IoT, and smart connectivity features. Tracks sleep, reminds you to work-out, can play according to your mood, order things online for you, prepare your favorite coffee on the coffee maker, and even connect with your family wherever you are.
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