The evolution of robotics is rapidly accelerating, as fast-paced technological advances in engineering, AI, automation, Machine learning, and energy storage converge. The far-reaching results will help transform the capabilities of robots to take over tasks that were once carried out by humans.
So, here are the 4 robots that can change the automation game!
1. Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robot
Coming from the company that brought you Atlas, which was the humanoid robot that could do flips, pick up boxes and run, comes SpotMini, a dog-like robot that is admired for its idiosyncratic and cute movements.
SpotMini is one of the quietest robots that this company has built, and the 17-joint robot pup is extremely dextrous and stable. Weighing around 30kg, this robot can operate for more than 90 minutes on a single charge. It uses a 3D vision technology to discern its surroundings.
The SpotMini will be available for sale by the end of 2021, however, only 100 pieces will be produced. Eventually, the company will look into mass producing them for using it in homes. For now, it is likely to be used by companies that want a quadruped robot to reach places that less agile machines can’t.
The founder of this robot, Marc Raibert said, “Initially the motivation for creating the SpotMini was for something that could go in an office, in a space more accessible for the business applications, and eventually the home.” It could be useful for security patrols, monitoring construction work, and a wide range of tasks with the help of SpotMini attachments and additional software.
This robot is developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. RoboSimian has multiple limbs and is developed exclusively for rescue missions. In case of fire, chemical spill, or nuclear accident, RoboSimian can be reconfigured to go in and deal with the problem.
The four generic limbs designed for manipulation, enable the RoboSimian to traverse complicated terrain. Each limb has more than 25 articulated joints enabling the bot to perform extremely dexterous tasks.
RoboSimian is equipped with seven sets of stereo cameras and a LiDAR device to map its 3D surroundings.
The primary advantage of this robot is that it can go into situations that may be too dangerous for humans and fix the issue.
PhoeniX is an exoskeleton-supported robot that can assist you with a lot of things. Wearing a powered exoskeleton will enable you to lift extremely large and heavy objects. Phoenix also has the potential to help people with disabilities, replacing limbs, and giving mobility that was not previously achievable.
4. Curiosity – Mars Rover
The Curiosity – Mars Rover has been designed and developed to help in exploring and finding The Gale Crater on Mars as part of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission. The mission is to search for the traces of the existence of any form of life.
The rover has an articulated arm that is much like a human upper limb to collect rock samples for the study. Cameras and some other instruments enable the rover to see and gather information about its environment. Its wheels and legs are used for the mobility and antennas help with the communication.