If robots have largely proven their ability to replace humans in the industrial field, where they perform tasks without flinching the most menial or repetitive more rigorously, we reserve the robotics still nice surprises in the field of business. Around the globe, teams of researchers working to demonstrate that both a priori overcome, the machine is often able to supplement or even replace humans.
– The robot that served coffee
– The robot who familiarly Parkinson
– Catch me this rabbit!
The robot that served coffee
Asimo 2 is one of the iconic successes in humanoid robots. His ability to move alone to carry objects or hints about the arrival in the near future, hostesses virtual machine attendants of elderly or robotic nurses. The reality has already overtaken even fiction, as evidenced Wakamaru, communicating the robot developed by Mitsubishi and its many competitors.
Would you entrust the idea of someone close to a machine? The mere mention repels most Westerners, but Japanese do not reason the same way. Animistic culture and aging population are some of the phenomena causing the inhabitants of the islands to build on the machine to help human beings.
A machine she could receive more potential customers that the most spirited of your hosts? The hypothesis is not so inconceivable: Equip your robot looks great (Actroid see below), a synthetic voice inflections kind, and the ability to respond sensitively to the caller and you will have a host of never losing his cool, never taking breaks, even instantly tell you the arrival of a contact.
Nurse, nurse or hostess, the robot should quickly take advantage of the democratization of communicating objects, including the phenomenon of the Nabaztag Violet is the playful surface. Who better than a cybernetic machine can liaise between the different devices? A number of tasks hitherto performed by men, could well pass in the near future, under the responsibility of machines. Once proven, this trend should not affect the domestic sphere, but affect many areas of human activity.
The robot familiarly Parkinson
The impact of robotics in the medical field are considerable, for the simple reason that the machine can perform feats of which the man is brilliant he is not capable. Accuracy diabolical trivial margins of error, the numerous experiments conducted on medical robotics have proven that the machine knew in certain circumstances replace the human arm.
Not to mention the possibility for a man to conduct remote mechanical arm interposed by a delicate operation, or radio-controlled robot 15 millimeters in diameter, recently developed by the University of Nebraska, able to move by turning on himself and perform a biopsy and in the stomach of a patient without risk of damaging the tissue. In addition, three French hospitals are to be equipped to CyberKnife, a radio-surgical robot designed to treat solid tumors, developed by Accuray Incorporated.
Next step: the machine can perform only the diagnosis of a patient. Inconceivable? Not so sure. In June, NEC System Technologies unveiled a prototype robot that can taste the food to advise health or nutrition. Other initiatives are being developed regularly and one can assume that eventually, robots will replace the doctors for a number of diagnoses. The warmth and less?
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Catch me this rabbit!
“Catch that Rabbit” is the title of one of nine new structure which consists of science-fiction reference on the subject of robotics: Robots by Isaac Asimov. It follows the adventures of DV-5, said Dave, a mining robot charged with operating an asteroid. Old half a century, this vision of space exploration is not obsolete: Robots pave the way for the man who develops this ability to move on any terrain.
Spirit and Opportunity robots landed on Mars by NASA for exploration are emblematic of this movement. Equipped with six wheels (except Spirit, whose front right wheel stopped working since two weeks), they are able to move independently. Unfortunately, Google Mars does not follow in their footsteps.
More recently, the machines sometimes make valuable services to humans, entering him in inaccessible areas. Let us eg robots used to search for survivors in the rubble of the World Trade Center. Equipped with caterpillars and a variable geometry structure, they are able to infiltrate the most confined locations to show rescuers where and how to reach the victims.
Often drawing of the animal world to develop ways of moving their machinery, robotics researchers are making machines sometimes surprising forms able to climb obstacles or move on any surface (see eg machines developed by Boston Dynamics).
The humanoids are not left out: their skill is in the image of robots able to stand by reproducing the movements of the human body, or Murata Boy, with multiple sensors allow it to evolve on a bike maintaining his balance.
Nowadays, hard to be comprehensive in addressing the field of robotics projects are as varied and prolific. In some areas, the machine already surpasses man. Its development could significantly disrupt some parts of human activity.