Tuesday, November 24, 2009

High Technology Robots That May Change The World

Robots have long been the fascination of people throughout the world.Movies have stretched the imagination and science and technology havemade some robots a reality. Following are ten high technology robotsthat may change the world.

10. Molecule Self-Configuring Robots

Daniela Rus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This shape-changing bot is built of many simple modules which it canmove around, allowing it to adapt to different tasks and build3-dimensional structures.

Zina Deretsky, NSF

This freaky looking USC-built robot head can learn facial movements from human teachers and watches objects it finds interesting. This collaboration between neuroscience, robotics, and computer vision is the first step to building full-body humanoid robots

Self-Assembling Robotics

Klavins Lab, University of Washington, 2005

This exhibit demonstrates 10 self-assembling robots that attach to each other to form larger structures. Each robot is 4 inches wide and weighs less than a quarter pound. Attendees are encouraged to play with the robots to figure out how they work.

Systems for Surgical Assistance

Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology Engineering Research Center

This robotic surgeon, designed to assist in brain surgeries, has the steadiest hand in the business. The exhibit will also show two compact, image-guided robot systems developed for tiny operations such as prostate biopsy.

olar-Powered Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (SAUV)

Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute

SAUV, weighing in at 370 pounds and 8 feet in length, is specially designed long-endurance underwater robot. It can spend several days on sensory mapping, security and environmental monitoring missions.


Daniel Koditschek, University of Pennsylvania

The six-legged bug bot shows off remarkable speed, mobility and efficiency never before seen in the robotics world. It?s a joint project between Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley.

COOL Aide: Robotics Assistance for the Elderly

Majd Alwan

The Co-operative Locomotion Aide (COOL Aide) ? a passive, shared control, robotic walking aide ? helps the elderly and injured get around by determining a user's intent and assisting them with movement.

COTS-M Scout Robot

Nikos Papanikolopoulos, University of Minnesota

Smaller than a soda can, the COTS-M Scout is loaded with sensors, including a camera. Researchers can toss the robot and ask it to drive to a particular location and transmit video to a handheld unit

Aerial Robots

Paul Oh, Drexel University

The Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab is currently working on building sensor robots that can fly around on their own to explore forests, caves, and tunnels. These robots could also be used to fly above disaster areas and battlefields to locate casualties.

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