We chose 10 robots which might give us an idea of how our future could look like.
InRumor challenges you to think which robot is most likely to dominate our future. Voting is open in the following 2 weeks. At the end of this period we will have a top 10 of what the future could look like.
MorpHex is a spherical robot that knows how to move. It can trundle and grow “legs” that it can walk with. Morphex was created by Kare Halvorsen, a Norwegian robots enthusiast. The invention has been awarded in the Boca Bearings 2012 Innovation contest.
BigDog was invented by Boston Dynamics, a company dedicated to creating robots, and is sponsored by the American defense department to be used by soldiers in missions. BigDog is a robot that will accompany soldiers on missions in areas where cars don’t have access. It can carry 150 kg at a speed of 6.4 km / h through uneven ground, with slopes of up to 35 degrees, and can maintain its balance if someone pushes it or if it slips on ice.
Another invention from Boston Dynamics is Cheetah, also sponsored by one of the divisions of the U.S. army’s special.
This year in February the Cheetah robot beat the speed record at running for a legged robot. Cheetah recorded a speed of about 30 km / h running on a laboratory band. Boston Dynamics says that later this year an unplugged version of the robot will be tested outdoors to see the speed it can reach outside the laboratory.
SmartBird, a robot created by Festo, is capable of flying like a seagull and land like a normal bird. Its wings move up and down, but are also capable of turning at different angles to change the direction of flight.
Sand Flea is another invention made by researchers at Boston Dynamics: a robot that looks like a 5 kg toy car without housing.
When meeting an obstacle, it can jump up to 9 meters to get beyond it. Just like a flea. Of course, the robot has a stabilizer so that the board camera always remains in a good position.
Sand Flea can jump and Rise, which looks like a mechanical facehugger, can climb on vertical surfaces. The first version of Rise, which appears in the video, is pretty slow, but Rise V3 is capable of climbing at a speed of 21 cm per second on a vertical flat surface.
Nano Hummingbird was created by AeroVironment and called by Time magazine one of the most interesting inventions of 2011.
It is a hummingbird-shaped robot, equipped with a camera, which can fly at a speed of 18 kilometers per hour.
It’s so well built that the person who controls it can rely only on the images from the video camera, without the need to look at it to determine which direction to point it to.
Human Universal Load Carrier
Human Universal Load Carrier is the exoskeleton that the U.S. Army is testing, hoping to conserve soldiers’ energy in missions.
The soldier is equipped with this titanium frame, a microprocessor that calculates the movements the man does, and then helps him move faster and avoid fatigue.
The equipment weighs about 25 kg but the one who wears it doesn’t feel the weight because the mechanism transfers it.
And considering what this device does, its name is really appropriate: HULC, Human Universal Load Carrier. Hulc’s battery lets you carry 90 kg on a distance of 20 km and the exoskeleton itself is very flexible, allowing you to bend, squat, sit, crawl or climb.
Obviously, this technology won’t be reserved only to soldiers: its creators want to use it to help paralyzed people walk again or for rescue teams mobilized in cases of natural disasters.
Geminoid F, the android created by researcher Hiroshi Ishiguro at the Osaka University.
At first sight, Geminoid F is a young Asian. If you look closer, you’ll see that it’s a robot. And yet, this robot is the most advanced human clone, so to speak. It has 65 facial expressions, it can talk and even sing.
Its creator, Hiroshi Ishiguro, is one of the most famous designers in the world of androids and asks for about one million dollars for a piece. However, Geminoid F costs only $ 110,000, because Ishiguro hopes that with the lowering of the prices, the public’s interest in androids will increase.
Kurata is a robot that many would certainly love to have at home. And they can have it, for at least $ 1 million.
Presenting Kurata, a Mech robot that is 4 feet tall, weighs 4.4 tons and runs on diesel. Available at a price of 1.35 million dollars, Kurata comes with compressed air guns capable of firing about 6,000 rounds a minute. Interesting to note is that the guns are activated by the pilot’s smile.
Kurata currently has about 30 joints, meaning that it can move its hands, feet and body, but it stands on wheels, it can’t walk. However, its creators plan to implement a method for traveling on difficult terrain.