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Robots are becoming widely used for a number of purposes. In the factory or heavy industries, at work, at home, in the hospitals and schools, and for exploration and military purposes, robots are quickly becoming a part of life.
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The robot receptionist. The robot receptionist.

An example how Japan is handling its ageing population without resorting to mass immigration.

Robots seen doing work of 3.5 million in Japan.


The car fuelling robot. Motorists nostalgic for the time they could sit tight while attendants braved windswept garage forecourts to fill their tanks may yet see those heady days return -- compliments of a Dutch robot.

Dutch inventors unveiled on Monday a 75,000 euro ($111,100) car-fuelling robot they say is the first of its kind, working by registering the car on arrival at the filling station and matching it to a database of fuel cap designs and fuel types.

A robotic arm fitted with multiple sensors extends from a regular gas pump, carefully opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it towards the tank opening, much as a human arm would, and as efficiently.
The Waseda University dental robot The dental training robot, dubbed Simroid for "simulator humanoid," has realistic skin, eyes, and a mouth fitted with replica teeth that trainees practice drilling on. A sensor fitted where the nerve endings would be raises the alert when dental students drill too close _ triggering a yelp from the robot.

"Ow, that hurt!" a female robot squeaked, narrowing her eyes as a young dentist drilled on her replica teeth. "Now, I'm OK," she said as the dentist eased off.

"Our aim is to train dentists to worry about whether patients are comfortable, and not just focus on technical expertise," said Dr. Naotake Shibui of the Nippon Dental University in Tokyo, who collaborated with technicians at Kokoro Co. to develop the robot.

CB2 baby robot Covered in a grey putty-like silicone skin the baby bot can roll around and 'speak'. It can even take a few steps if encouraged enough.

Built by Japanese scientists Minoru Asada and Hiroshi Ishiguro (who famously created an android twins of himself), the robot called CB2 weighs 33kg and stands 130cm tall.

It has 197 tactile sensors embedded in its outer layer and 51 compressed air-powered actuators, which allow it to react to touch.

When CB2's shoulders are tapped, it blinks as if surprised, stops moving, and turns its gaze toward the person who touched it. It will also try and grab a toy dangled in front of it.

Future research at the Japanese Science and Technology Agency in Osaka will attempt to improve the body functions of CB2 - whose full name is 'Child-robot with Biomimetic Body.'

They also want to write software allowing it to walk and talk like a three-year-old.

Watch CB2 on YouTube.

The Harvard spy fly A mechanical fly with a wingspan of less than an inch and that weighs less than a gram, being developed by the Harvard Microrobotics Lab.
Impression of the ARES robot explorer glider that could be used for aerial reconnaissance on other worlds with atmospheres, for example Mars.
Honda's Asimo robot seen here at the premier of the movie "Robots".
LIC 2005 - The Military Exhibition – Means, Equipment and Methods
In conjunction with the “Low Intensity Conflict Warfare Conference” 2005 a professional exhibition of means and equipment will be held. Among the participants will be Israel’s Military, Security & defense industries, manufacturers, R&D companies, service providers, etc.


Japan's electronics maker Hitachi Ltd.'s humanoid robot Emiew moves around a floor during a press promotion of the 2005 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 14, 2005. Equipped with digital cameras and radar sensors that allowed it to avoid obstacles in its way with a reaction time of 0.1 second, the 70-kilogram (150-pound), 130-centimeter (51-inch) robot can zip around on two wheels at the speed of up to 6kph (3.7 mph), or a little faster than an adult's average walking speed, is equipped with a collision-avoidance system and can also recognise about 100 words and combine them interchangeably to understand and reply to commands. It also reads the weather forecast, the company said.
Over 150 companies will make presentations at the exhibition scheduled to take place in Tokyo from November 30 to December 3, 2005. (c) REUTERS/Issei Kato
Underwater Research Robot uses solar cells for energy.
(Predatory) robot uses flies for energy.



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