Future Robots

Sure, you're familiar with the Honda ASIMO and perhaps even the Toyota humanoid robot, but there are a few future robots operating right now that you may not be familiar with. Let's take a look at the current bleeding edge of technology for future robots.
For instance do you know about future robots such as the MAVs, Chembot, Snakebot, Flossie, A-Pod, WR-07, Robotic Chair, EATR and Rex? Perhaps one of the future inventions you don't know about is a robotic surgery machine that has already been created.

And then there is the whole emerging field of nanorobotics that will one day work wonders in the medical field. In fact, some have been created now. But, let's start with what we know about.

MAVs are small flying robots used for military surveillance. Micro-Aerial Vehicles or MAVs can be fixed wing, flapping or rotary style and are not unlike hobby RC aircraft.

The iRobot ChemBot was developed for the military to fit through extremely small openings in complex environments. The Chembot has no wheels and is extremely soft and flexible.

The Snakebot is a snake robot that slithers across the ground developed for use in search and rescue operations. Another use is to put the Snakebot on other planets to collect data during space missions.

Flossie is a vehicle testing robot designed to ride long hours in extreme heat and other inhumane conditions. It was developed to test Castrol oil operating in two and three wheel vehicles.

The Zenta A-Pod (inventor of hexapods) is a 6-legged robot with huge mandibles and can do a number of tricks. Some of the activities it can perform include climbing a rope and pouring a glass of water.

Hemji Soft Japan has created the WR-07 which is a real transformer like in the movies. It can change itself from car to robot and back again.

Max Dean invented the Robotic Chair that is a simple enough looking wooden structure like many others we sit upon every day. Designed as a piece of art intended as social comment, the Robotic Chair can break apart, pull its pieces together and erect itself back into the original shape.

EATR (Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot) can feed on biomass, gasoline, diesel and coal and is designed to carry heavy loads. It can transport fuel and weapons to places inaccessible to human beings.

Israel Aircraft Industries developed Rex to also carry heavy loads of up to 400 lbs in military operations. Rex provides logistical support and can operate up to 72 hours straight.

Of course there are an assortment of fighting robots, space robots and many other kinds of robots that have been used for years. Robotic limbs are being developed now. But what does the future hold?

Well, some of the most exciting future robots are the nanobots I had spoken about earlier. These tiny nanorobots will range in size from 0.1-10 micrometers and will be used in both the medical industry and environmental fields. One such "car" using buckyballs for wheels has been developed for regulating environmental temperatures.

Nanobots someday will take over the medical field by performing surgery on cancer cells, polyps and taking samples. Medical nanorobots will also give targeted delivery of drugs to specific regions of the body.

Nanobots are in development now to be used for early diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of many different conditions and diseases. Moving among living cells these future robots will be able to be controlled and monitored by humans and move due to catalytic reactions within the body.

This is just an overview of the future robots to come. Many more are in development but have not been shared with the public yet. These future robots are either of military use or commercial use by companies who have proprietary technology and want to avoid competition. No matter what, though, this is just the beginning of seeing future robots integrated into the world in which we live.