Robot's evolving role

The use of Robots

Robots are used in many areas of our modern life to perform a wide range of tasks. In manufacturing, robots are used in assembly production lines. They are also used in all types of exploration, both in space and here on earth, in medical science to perform operations, in agriculture, and to maintain and repair machinery.

Exploration

For centuries, explorers and scientists have been gathering data about Earth and our solar system through missions and voyages, often at great risk to themselves. Today, robots have enabled research and data-gathering to take place without directly involving humans.

Maintenance and repair

Robots are well suited to performing maintenance and repair work. You may have noticed how roads tend to show signs of wear after long periods of heavy use or under extreme weather conditions. Roads can develop long cracks, which can make driving hazardous, and therefore need to be repaired constantly. It has also been found that by taking preventative maintenance measures, the durability of a road is significantly enhanced.

Medical science

Extensive research has been carried out into the use of robots in medical science. Researchers believe robotic  technologies can improve existing procedures and provide new approaches to current problems. One example is the use of robots to perform surgery through very small incisions, greatly reducing the risk to patients. 

Assisting people with disabilities

The world’s most sophisticated robots are now designed to support our surging population of elderly and disabled citizens. There is a range of household robots that can understand instructions and help  with household chores. What household chores? Almost anything like taking a bottle from the fridge, using tongs to lift bread from the toaster onto a plate and carrying a tray of food from the kitchen to the dining table can be performed by robots. 

Assembly

Robots and computer-controlled systems have made a significant impact in the manufacturing industry, particularly in assembly lines. In the modern world, much of what is produced is done so on an assembly line. High-speed assembly lines produce cars, furniture, soft drinks, computers, razor blades, toasters and numerous other items. These goods are produced in massive quantities, and all have to be of the same quality.

 

Mars exploration

Exploration

Today, robots have enabled research and data-gathering to take place without directly involving humans.

  • Robots in Antarctic
  • Space Explorations
  • Underwater explorations

Take a look at the following videos:

Mars Rover Exploration Mission

Under-ice Robots could explore oceans on Europa

 

Wheelchair with robotic arm