From monitoring ruins of Pompeii to exploring sunken planes and ships: Meet these robots in action

We round up 5 robots that are being used in real-life scenarios.

From Ex Machina to I, Robot to I Am Mother, we have seen humanoid robots become a staple feature in sci-fi blockbusters over the years.

In the real world, lifelike robots are becoming popular, with many able to produce human-like activities with eerie precision – all with the intent of helping mankind.

From built-in sensors, to having speed and accuracy, these robots can deliver assistance in rough terrains, rescue injured people, and find answers that are lost in time.

ET Insights looks at a few realistic humanoid robots – and how they are being used to shape the future of work.

Spot on

An agile, compact, four-legged dog-like robot called Spot, developed by Boston Dynamics, can now be found around offices, homes, or outdoors.

For example, US-based National Grid, an electric and gas utility company, has been using Spot to carry out routine site inspections. The robot has improved the safety operating conditions for its employees.

The New York Fire Department has been using Spots for search and rescue missions in place of humans. The robot dog is also seen patrolling the ancient ruins of Pompeii in Italy.

Image Source – Boston Dynamics 

Amazon’s Proteus and Cardinal

Amazon’s fully autonomous mobile robot (AMR) called Proteus can operate safely alongside humans on the warehouse floor. Proteus’ job is to store, move and sort Amazon’s blue GoCarts, a central part of the company’s logistics operations. Amazon’s other robotic system called ‘Cardinal’ uses AI and computer vision to select and lift packages, read labels, and sort them into the right carts. Cardinal will reduce the risk of employee injuries, according to Amazon.

Image Source- Amazon

Stretch to unload trucks!

DHL Supply Chain, America’s leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, achieved commercial application of Boston Dynamics’ Stretch robot developed for carton unloading of trucks.

Image source- DHL

BRILLO: The bartending robot

Can a robot replace a human being as a bartender? Well, think again.

BRILLO, short for Bartending Robot for Interactive Long-Lasting Operations, can banter, pour and also remember your favourite drink.

BRILLO has been developed by scientists in the PRISCA Labs at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

Image source-  PRISCA LAB

OceanOneK: In Deep Sea

A swimming humanoid called OceanOneK is helping researchers interact with the underwater environment.

Developed by Stanford’s Robotics Lab, OceanOneK can explore up to 1 kilometer below the surface of the water. During testing, it was deployed to explore sunken planes, ships, and a submarine.

Image source- Stanford


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