We all are familiar with the word robot. A robot is a machine which helps the human and does not need a operator every time to operate. Robot stores the information and uses them according to needs. As manufacturing processes became more sophisticated over the following 800 years. Synthetic humans and animals appeared more frequently, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s robotic knight to Marvin Minsky’s octopus arm. The University of Edinburgh’s Freddy research robot and Carnegie Mellon’s volcano-climbing robot crab, among many others. The robots take the form of entertainment robots which are friendly and can be keep at home.
Though the current boom in AI development and the hardware kits needed for it. Which has fueled a new wave of interest and investment in robotics over the last twenty years. Relatively few of the really useful articulated robots resemble living beings, human or otherwise. This is because, in contrast with the laws of evolution. Most robots are designed for a single purpose that tends to exclusively define their form.
Among the class of high-functioning robots that do share some core design with living things. Many are to some extent repulsive, such as NASA’s arachnoid RoboSimian and Boston Dynamics’ buffalo-like WildCat.
Entertainment Robots as Company Mascots
Asimo is the creation of Honda. Company started the project in 1986, to create a humanoid robot who can run, walk and other human activities. The evolution of robot last for twenty two years. It remains the human-like robot till now.
Estimated to cost ‘tens of millions of dollars’. The sophistication of Asimo’s robotics technology achieved a halo effect for Honda’s research corpus. Even though the origins of the project are ascribed to the engineer-dominated culture at Honda. Japan’s above-average love of robots, or deemed to be a morale-boosting exercise. After an exhausting fight for the car manufacturing market share throughout the late 1970s and 1980s.
In recent years, MIT spin-off Boston Dynamics has picked up the mantle of the robot development company. In June of 2020, the Massachusetts-based company made its autonomous robot dog ‘Spot’ available to US buyers for $74,000.
Spot can climb any stairs that meet US building standards and move forward at a maximum 1.6 meters per second. He weighs about 72lb and comes with a customizable payload port and a software development kit. He can also be augmented with a range of accessories including LIDAR and an Enhanced Autonomy Package. That is capable of extending the robot’s autonomous mapping range from 4 to 100 meters.
Besides proprietorship of Boston Dynamics, SoftBank also produces one of the most famous entertainment robots of the last six years. At four feet tall, Pepper weighs 62lb and is design to charm.
The robot has tactile sensors on its arms, chest and head, and features facial recognition. Adding to it movement detection, a customizable voice, a range of ultrasound and laser sensors. The capacity to learn to recognize new objects, and a sentiment analysis system to gauge your mood. Based on your vocal patterns.
At an average sale price of $38,500, Pepper is about half the price of the Spot robot dog. With many more case studies and active engagements to its name.
Featuring 60 different facial expressions. Sophia is the culmination of a series of robot projects undertake by Hong Kong-base Hanson Robotics.
The six-foot tall machine, whose name means ‘wisdom’ yet who pledged to “destroy humans” in an early appearance. May be the most successful marketing or entertainment robot yet created.
Sophia is the first ‘artificial being’ to address the United Nations and to be give citizenship of a country. The life-like robot, featuring AI-power walking and talking skills. Has also been feature in dozens of major publications and feted on a long chat-show tour in the west.
Robots that are design to appeal to us and to meet us on near-equal terms in our own physical space. That have a tremendous psychological advantage over abstract chatbots. And other more practical and direct methods of communicating with AI. They are, to boot, born ambassadors.
Even if robots are difficult and expensive to create. The new boom in machine learning, NLP, computer vision software, and other robotics-related technologies ensure that we’ll be meeting more strange creations in the halls of tech expos in the years ahead.