Regardless of the application area, one of the common problems deal with in humanoid robotics is the understanding of humanlike information processing and the underlying mechanisms of the human brain in dealing with the real world. The development of cognitive robots relies on artificial embodiments having complex and rich perceptual and motor capabilities.
Although there have been many advances in robotics, there are many more still to come. Lifelike robots exist currently and are becoming more progressive all the time. However, imitating human emotions and reactions is incredibly difficult to program, thus truly human-like interactive robotics still has quite a ways to go.
Robotic surgery may reduce conversions and simplify minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Furthermore, robotic surgery is at the earliest developmental stage and continued advancements will be made to improve the equipment.
First construction robots had been designed in the beginning seventies in order to increase the quality in prefabrication of modular homes in Japan and the late 70ies planning started for use of robots in construction sites. In the 80ies the first construction robots appeared on sites and in the 90ies integrated automated building construction sites had been developped and implemented about 20 times. Furthermore maintenance robots for cleaning and inspection of buildings, infrastructure and real estate and safety robots guarding buildings had been developped. In the first decade of this century humanoid construction robots had been tested. In the future service robots will be a big market in the built envrironment.
The number of automatic astronomical facilities worldwide continues to grow, and the level of robotisation, autonomy, and networking is increasing as well. This has a strong impact in many astrophysical fields, like the search for extrasolar planets, the monitoring of variable stars in our Galaxy, the study of active galactic nuclei, the detection and monitoring of supernovae, and the immediate followup of high-energy transients such as gamma-ray bursts.
Robotics, in particular, is exploited in both therapeutic and assistive fields, showing its great potential as an effective personal aid. Given the saturation and marginal cost reduction going on in the automotive market, health care represents one of the potential investments in the fields of service and professional robotics that will boost the research in mechatronics, augmented reality, and intelligence augmentation in the next years. Potential benefits, especially for the elderly, are straightforward in the field of robot-based assistive systems, which will allow for a better quality of life (daily life activities and mobility) even for severely disabled patients.
School children were able to link up with an educational robot sited at the National Museum. This link tapped into high-speed, fast-access broadband communications.
This robot has been developed by CSIRO. It is designed to shadow a museum guide during virtual on-site tours. Students can participate in an interactive tour from a computer terminal at their school or local library.
Robotics can be used to enhance education. CSIRO developed a program that allows students to virtually tour museums. If this emerging technology spreads, students everywhere can experience museums and other areas of cultural interest all over the world. This would allow for greater diversity in students' education.
Liquid Robotics was a finalist for an Emerging Technology award from the Business Journal in 2010 because of its WaveGlider technology that allows its robots to remain at sea for long periods of time, powered by energy generated from the shifting ocean.
It is hoped that the fund would bring jobs to France's robotics sector, with the introduction of service robots into more businesses resulting in job growth rather than human replacement.
"The people here in this room, they build the technology that makes almost everything that we as a whole society get to enjoy, whether that be cars, planes, automobiles."
In 1958 Joseph Engelberger created the first robots—called Unimates—for factory work. They looked nothing like the fictional robots in movies or books; they looked more like giant flexing arms. The robots were hydraulically powered and programmed to move in a repeated pattern with exacting precision...
Robotics, or flexible automation, is the technology involving the design, maintenance, and use of robots. Robotics technicians work as part of the team that produces robots, which are machines designed to perform tasks in place of a living agent. Most robots are "manipulators"—machines that function in place of a human hand and arm...