Top Ten Robots That You Never Knew You Wanted

Technology maybe overwhelming for most us, but the future generation is so with it! They have the hang of ever little new gadget and gizmo that comes our way. Which brings me to robots; I can’t fathom the need of an electronic being to do chores for us. I can understand their presence in the medical and industrial arenas; but Irona suits Richie Rich the best. However looking at the current crop, I think it’s best to compile a list of Ten Robots that they never knew they wanted.

10) Amphibia by Alexander Hesse

So you are in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying the corals and the fishes, but one steady fish that won’t leave your side is the Amphibia. Constructed primarily of neoprene and hard plastic, this salamander like robot is quite adept in both land and water. The center pivot axle for the 1.2-meter long robot contains an oxygen tank; it also features radar eyes, flood lights, electromagnetic wave emitters for warding off sharks. The beauty of course its communication features, the entire surface is able to change color to transmit one of the eight basic diving signals, such as OK, danger, resurface, etc.

9) i.go by Markus Cäsar

When the current crop grows old we parents are not gonna be around, and since they are so dependent on technology, this one’s for them. i.go is a foldable robot with a frog-like/human-like look. It’s supposed to help the oldies in their everyday tasks like going to the grocery store to pick up their stuff. Don’t scorn yet dears; in the future all this WILL be possible! Spec-wise this baby is 95 cm wide and 75 cm high, and it can independently transport goods weighing up to 30 kg at a speed of 50 km/h. At home the folks can unfold i.go’s backrest support and use it as a rocking chair. An innovative feature is that it can automatically reshape its wheels to elliptical, so as to reach up to goods that are placed up to two meters above the ground level.

8 ) Botan by Johannes Diem

Lazy future generation is gonna need a robotic weeder for their gardens! Botan suits this purpose perfectly; it removes weeds, trims the grass, and vacuums up leaves. Thanks to its integrated e-bug function, it localizes pests and either eliminates them or signals their position. No more garden worries in the future.

7) P.G.A. by Stefan Oberrauner

At this rate gardeners could become an extinct species in the future. With P.G.A. to tend to your lawns who; would hire humans? Specs on this robo read 4 telescopic legs to climb up trees and other plants with a high flexibility to reach all the twigs; a saw in the main body and scissors in one of its legs; and finally the ability to prune branches that are 6 cm thick.

6) Gio by Elisabeth Dioszeghy

Guide dogs are in danger as well coz their robotic counterparts will soon replace them. Blind folks will depend on Gio to paint the town red. Like a futuristic navi-system, it can rattle off the POI plus give all info on the shops available in that area. The perfect guide or perhaps an escort!

5) croww 540 by Christopher Gloning

Christopher is very specific about the era that his robotic invention is envisioned for. The year is 2057, and we have been banished to fate of crossing hostile, difficult areas, such as deserts, ice- planes and rock-masses on foot due to our bad karmas. To accompany us on the journey is the croww 540. An autonomous attendant robot system that carries your luggage, equipment and drinking water; it even fans out a tent, when you need to rest a bit.

4) Digital Scarecrow by KyungRyul Lim & Miyeon Kim

I don’t know how they do this in other countries, but back home in rural India, women usually plant a scarecrow made from an earthen pot, shirt and hay. They paint a silly face on the pot and use sticks to hold it in place like a head. Silly them! A robotic Digital Scarecrow is the way to go!

3) Sociable Robot by Nicolas Myers

This has to be the most creative farce of the lot! Future is so busy, gonna need a palm full of goop to help me stay in touch with my social sites like Facebook! “A virtual robot makes and keeps new contacts for you by taking over your virtual identity. Your only control over its decisions is through an interface representing the network itself : a black liquid surface covered by numerous spikes that stand for each of your “friends”. It is by altering the surface of this « liquid », that one can interact with the robot and influence his actions in the virtual world.”
Crazy, crazy future! And we’re gonna need this!

2) C-Bot by Niklas Galler

Climbing scaffoldings to check cracks and damage to the exterior of a building is not quite a fun job to do. C-Bot will be able to perform this task efficiently thanks to its innovative structure and built. This is one manual work that I don’t mind robots replacing.

1) Forest Fire Prevention Robot by Jordan Guelde & Daniel Shankland II

Every year lives and millions of dollars are lost due to for forest fires, but hopefully some respite is expected in the form of the Forest Fire Prevention Robot. It’s been devised to clear large areas of foliage from around a forest fire to help stop the flames from spreading.

I hope you enjoyed this compilation as much I did making it for you. My point for this whole list is that although we don’t know it yet, but innovations in robotics can help make life easy for us in many ways in the future. All we gotto do is keep an open mind.

    37 Comments

    • Klappstuhl says:

      I’ve seen quite a few of those somewhere…

      Are some of those Designs from the FH Johaneum in Graz/Austria?

    • Vic says:

      I love technology and robots like these will be the wave of the future. I feel technology will ultimatley be the saving grace from ourselves.

      I would like a wheelchair like that when i’m 80.

    • Wayne says:

      I see robotics turning into more of a swarm of collaborative agents. So no robot has to do more than 1 or 2 task itself and be some sort of Swiss Army Knife.

      For example, one robot may trim, and another haul, and a third lift.

    • hamados says:

      hi this is the moste fantastice designs that i have ever seen .

    • Roger says:

      I’ve been thinking about a weeding robot for some time. While the obvious application is home gardening, the important application is zero-chemical or low-chemical agriculture: don’t need to spray herbicides if your trusty robot weeder has already uprooted all the invasive species.

      However, there are three aspects to the problem, two of which are extremely difficult!

      1. Patrolling the protected space: a lot harder than it looks, but by now this is basically a solved problem using off-the-shelf algorithms.

      2. Dealing with the weed. This is much harder than it looks. Quite a few weeds can be uprooted by firmly grasping the base near the ground and steadily pulling upwards. However, there are many others that require particular actions, and in some cases these actions are very complicated for a robot. For example, around here we have a particularly nasty weed called “cat-head.” The basic action is as above, but first you have to disentangle all the stolons form the surrounding plants. Failing to do so before uprooting the main body will cause stolons to tear off and scatter viciously thorned seeds into the crop.

      3. The hardest problem, though, is reliably and accurately distinguishing weeds from wanted plants. There doesn’t seem to be any way to do this except a very difficult image recognition problem: a problem where all the general features are similar or identical between the “treat” and “no treat” cases, and only the overall pattern counts. This is a notoriously difficult problem, similar to facial recognition, and equal error rates are on the order of 5 ~ 10%. If every pass of the weeding robot resulted in 5% of weeds missed and 5% of crop destroyed, the customer would be very, very unhappy!

    • Guest says:

      I'm a student in the field of agriculture and I can't agree more on the need of bots to work the fields. I found the priority of gardening a little silly. Gardening after all is more of a hobby, but global agriculture produces the food we all eat. And, its in more of a need for evolution than gardening, which is often far more sustainable. Oh well, I guess many good inventions sprouted from a hobby.

      The current methods of agriculture can take us further for some time still but not forever. One thing we must grow out of is using chemicals to kill weeds. Another problem is the repeated packing of the soil with heavy machinery.

      One or two passes per season could be sustainable but these days often many more treatments at various phases are required. Tillage, seeding, several sprayings plus harvesting. Spraying is the worst of these since very narrow tires are used and mostly it is done several times per season and always on the same tracks. Fleets of light bots could handle weeds by other means than chemical and they would not compact the soil. Also, spraying lanes could be eliminated, releasing the area for crops and eliminating the need for seeding machinery to have functions for their creation, simplifying them.

    • Guest says:

      I'm a student in the field of agriculture and I can't agree more on the need of bots to work the fields. I found the priority of gardening a little silly. Gardening after all is more of a hobby, but global agriculture produces the food we all eat. And, its in more of a need for evolution than gardening, which is often far more sustainable. Oh well, I guess many good inventions sprouted from a hobby.

      The current methods of agriculture can take us further for some time still but not forever. One thing we must grow out of is using chemicals to kill weeds. Another problem is the repeated packing of the soil with heavy machinery.

      One or two passes per season could be sustainable but these days often many more treatments at various phases are required. Tillage, seeding, several sprayings plus harvesting. Spraying is the worst of these since very narrow tires are used and mostly it is done several times per season and always on the same tracks. Fleets of light bots could handle weeds by other means than chemical and they would not compact the soil. Also, spraying lanes could be eliminated, releasing the area for crops and eliminating the need for seeding machinery to have functions for their creation, simplifying them.

    • QBOT says:

      Come with me if you want to live!

    • I've seen a robot somewhere where it could shoot flies with lasers. And it could detect them from like meters away and blast them when they get near.

    • John says:

      There is no way that Forest Fire Prevention Bot is NOT going to rebel and murder us all.

    • John says:

      There is no way that Forest Fire Prevention Bot is NOT going to rebel and murder us all.

    • William says:

      i was thinking the same thing man

    • pirifys says:

      these robots are useless novelties or impractical pieces of junk. The only decent one there is c-bot. This article clearly wasn’t written by an engineer.

    • I like the garden robots. We have a huge thing here in our town with deer eating all of our vegetables. This could prove beneficial.

    • Dan says:

      More like top ten robots too take over the world

    • ok, i want all of those.

    • Miguel says:

      I could swear that 7 looks like a turret from portal

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    • H says:

      The forest fire bot is to big. Timber “farmers” plant there trees so close together that they choke out everything so that there aren’t any knotholes in the wood. But it would be awesome.
      I’m on the fire’s side though that’s how the ecosystem evolved. We’re killing the system even though we think were saving it by preventing the fire. We should live underground and live with nature.

    • Smeshko says:

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    • peyman says:

      i think all this for a war

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