Robots are cool, and they are becoming more and more common.
More common than you can even imagine!
How much do you really know about robots and all the ways they are used? Read on to find out about 5 things robots are used for that you probably do not know about.
Robots and their many uses
1. Robots for sorting food
Rice grains come in all sorts of colours, shapes, and sizes. And most likely, every rice grain that you buy at the supermarket has been sorted by a robotic machine.
Rice-sorting machines have high-speed cameras, lights, and a computer. Every grain of rice is detected by the cameras, then analysed by a computer. The robotic machine grades the grain and then guided into the correct bin. All of these processes happen hundreds of times per second – something only a machine can do.
The food-sorting market is rapidly developing. In fact, there are other robotic machines that sort wheat, pulses, seeds, and more.
Food is not all they can sort by the way – robots are also really useful for sorting waste. Check out the video below for more information on that.
2. Robots for medical training
Did you know that a lot of health care professionals train on robot patients? Because they do. The training robots simulate various health conditions, which allow medical students to come to grips with everything before they move on to the real thing.
Some of these medical training robots are life-sized and very life-like, like Pediatric Hal (see video below), which was made to look like a 5-year old patient. Some of these robots are made to represent just one part of a person for more specialised training.
3. Robots for police training
Marathon Targets, a company based in Sydney, specializes in robotic targets for live-fire training.
The robotic targets are autonomous, which enable the soldiers and police to train against unpredictable moving targets. Check out the video below for a demonstration of how these robots work.
4. Robots for extracting poison
Since Roman times, animal poisons have been used to help detect and cure diseases. Scorpion venom, for example, is one of them and pharmaceuticals have used it as one of the ingredients.
Toxicologists manually milk the scorpion to retrieve the venom and this is obviously a dangerous procedure. But with the invention of the scorpion-milking robot, scorpion venom can now be extracted safely and quickly.
Scorpion venom is used in anti-malarial drugs, immunosuppressants, and cancer research.
5. Robots down the sewer
Fatbergs are on the rise! A fatberg is a mass of hardened fat, oil and non-biodegradable solid matter, such as wet wipes, found in sewer systems. A 64-meter monster fatberg was found in Sidmouth last January of this year. That’s longer than 6 double-decker buses put together!
Working in the sewers is a dirty job. Luckily, sewage workers now have robots that they can program to execute sewer inspection and maintenance.
Robots on the rise
These are just a few examples of robots making an impact on our daily lives. We are already working alongside the machines.
Perhaps the robot revolution is well underway, we just don’t notice it, because robots are becoming more and more common.
By the way, did you know that to date, there is no official definition of what a robot is? This is mainly because there are lots of grey areas – many roboticists define robots as programmable machines that perform intended tasks, with a degree of autonomy, while interacting with the environment.
The Robovac (robotic vacuum cleaner), for example, is a robot – it does its job even when you are away based on the preset commands. But on the other hand, you don’t consider your washing machine a robot – even though it also does its job when you are away based on the preset commands.
Robotics is still a growing area – continuously expanding, and changing. Only time will tell how far robots will go. Who knows what the definition of a robot will be 5 or 10 years from now?
Only time will tell how far robots will go.
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