The odd combination of the words ‘advanced’ and ‘robotics’ rings into anyone’s minds an exoskeleton walking around with a Gatling gun randomly enslaving the human populace. Though such a terminator like robot domination scenario is not entirely impossible, at present robots are nothing but harmless little droid doing their part in making our lives much easier. While some of them travel to places one thought to be impossible for human exploration such as the mars rovers, others stay in murky workshops of large factories ensuring that you get the best quality products. But whatever it is that they may be doing, they surely are evolving and are getting good at it. So now let’s take a look on how far these amazing electronic controlled contraptions have progressed and what are the current top 10 most advanced robots.
10. Robonaut 2
Mars rover may be the only extraterrestrial robot you might have heard of, but since the advent of the idea of sending robots to space instead of humans, robot technology has evolved much far from that slow moving plate on wheels. The Robonaut 2 is a perfect example of it. Created in collaboration with general motors, NASA sent this humanoid prodigy to the International space center in 2012 to help out other live astronauts at the center. Though at present in may be no Brainiac, it sure has enough capabilities to call up Houston and say ‘We’ve got a problem’.
9. Cheetah Robot
Do you believe you can outrun a robot? Well if you do, then you need take a look at this new invention from Boston Dynamics. Dubbed as the cheetah robot, it’s got a pretty good reason to bear such a title, because at present it is the fastest robot ever created. Though it can’t clock a 100Kmph as the original animal it derives its name from, it sure can outrun even the fastest runners, averaging at a speed on 45Kmph. And it can do it for large sustained periods of time thanks to its efficient inbuilt hydraulic pumps. So if a robot apocalypse ever comes, running may not be the best option against this one
8. LS3 Quadruped
Yet another freaky creation from the robotic leaders Boston dynamics, the LS3 Quadruped promises to be the robotic counterpart of work horses. Designed to be both agile and sturdy, these heavy looking, four legged machines have the capability to scour any terrain and carry weights of over 400 pounds with ease. And the robots are optimized to save enough juice to perform such feats continuously for 32 kilometers. The robot has been mainly designed to help campers and mountaineers to carry heavy equipment on rough terrain. The only input the robot ever needs is a moving gesture from its master to start following.
7. HAL Exoskeleton
Though a robot apocalypse may be far from possible in the near future, the same cannot be said a nuclear one. With tsunamis and earthquakes tripping nuclear reactors all over the world, it’s pretty much possible that large scale nuclear fallouts can appear. That’s why the sharp minds at the University of Tsukuba have creates this amazing HAL Exoskeleton. Designed primarily to clean and cover the areas exposed to nuclear radiation, the robot has been heavily shielded and possess all the necessary technologies to sustain proper functionality even under large nuclear radiations.
6. Robo Builder
A soccer field may not be the best place a robot can find a promising career, but that’s of course unless it’s a robot created especially for it. It’s not pretty clear whether it’s the declining performances of football players or the inspiration from Manga comics that led to the creation of these 3 foot soccer playing robots. But sure enough, these robots are pretty good at it and actually put on a real show that’s much better than conventional soccer games. Imagine a relentless attacker robot, an impenetrable defense robot and an electronic goalie all at the same field – robot soccer can’t get any better than this.
Sounds like the name of a favorite pet dog doesn’t it? Well probably the timid and loyal characteristics of this robot might have what led to its name. But despite the misleading name this is one of the most advanced robots in the industry today. Built as a production pick-and-place robot, Baxter doesn’t move around a lot. But with its innovative technology it pretty well knows which bottle cap goes where. Though such advancements are nothing new, it’s the cost that really makes this worth the mention. Built at almost a fraction of the price of traditional industrial robots, you can soon expect to see Baxter’s handy work on all your products.
4. MH – 2
Fan of the Pokémon cartoon series? Well if yes, then you would be pretty much interested in this new creation by the researchers of Yamagata University, Japan. The idea behind the robot’s creation is to provide a personal companion that can both communicate, interact with its user and as well enable the user to connect with friends of the user. So let’s say, you’re walking on a completely deserted lane, and you need your friends to see how spooky it is. With his robot, your friends will visualize what you see and will revert back their conversation and even make physical gestures of your friends.
3. Human Support Robot
Hospitals are the worst places to be and when you’re bedridden in one, things just can’t any worse. But now with this new invention from Toyota – the Human support robot, hospitals don’t have to be dull places any more. These highly advanced nurse robots are designed to take care of your every need and serve as great companions as well. After all, who wouldn’t want a personal companion who can project awesome 3D movies off his chest?
2. Honda ASIMO
Probably the most popular robot in the world, the Asimo is also the most advanced robot ever created. Designed to imitate and even outperform every actions of normal humans, this robot literally is the future of workforce. With its highly advanced computing technology and very human like anatomy motions the robot can work as anywhere from a simple house assistant to even a highly equipped bomb diffuser. But despite its advanced functionalities it still has a childlike face that masks its tremendous capabilities.
The robot that tops our list is not just the most advanced robot in the world but also one of the spookiest. Complete with artificial limbs and tendons made out of plastic, the robot even has its own brain which can learn from mistakes and correct them. So well, yeah the terminator kind of exoskeleton robots are in fact very real, let’s just hope they don’t turn on us.