Mega-‘bots’

, MACHINES

With the increasing development in Artificial Intelligence (AI), these automated human-like machines (robots) have today become a reality

Sophia by Hanson Robotics

Designed to look like Audrey Hepburn, Sophia stands tall on the intersection of technology and culture with a sophisticated mesh of chatbot software and robotics, that help her see people, form relationships and understand conversations. Sophia functions by linking different algorithms to give the functionality of a more capable algorithm.

ASIMO by Honda

Conceived in 1986, Honda’s ASIMO boasts of an incredible heritage of three decades. This advanced humanoid comes topped with a host of sensors that provide visual, ultrasonic and ground recognition inputs, which enable it to carry out real-life tasks like climbing stairs, guiding customers, opening a can etc. The on-board CPU helps ASIMO to be controlled using a voice command.

Atlas Unplugged by Boston Dynamics (Google)

The six-foot-tall, 330-pound ATLAS looks as if it has come straight from the sets of the movie Terminator. Driven by powerful hydraulic controls, topped with advanced sensors and LIDAR navigation system, this robotic beast was designed to do daredevil tasks in treacherous conditions, like helping to put off wildfire, tending nuclear reactors and shutting off oil-spills.

Romeo by Softbank Robotics

Designed to provide assistance to the elderly and disabled, this domestic robot helps people to do tasks like opening a door, fetching food, giving information, taking out trash, etc. Weighing 40 kg, Romeo has 37 degrees of freedom, a four-vertebra backbone and a new kind of actuator that lets the robot control its limbs in a safer way.

Kuratas by Suidobashi Heavy Industry

The gargantuan 13-foot tall Kuratas powered by diesel-run hydraulics is capable of ripping apart even the steel girders of a building. It is touted to be the world’s first ridable robot with a multiple onboard weapon system and is equipped with a robotic hand and iPhone connectivity.

Words: Patrick D’Souza

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