Robots, history and future

Robots are invading the earth. They were industrial, they become toys, and are willing to do chores as they are indefatigable. They will replace the men to go where man can not go: maintenance of nuclear power plants, seabed, risk areas, space ...

Video of an android


The word robot appeared for the first time in the theater play by Karel Capek, RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots) in 1920. The word robotics is a neologism in the book Runaround by Isaac Asimov in 1942.

The word has several meanings. This may be an autonomous machine that could replace humans. Robot industrial or food processor, washing machine is one.
But the word robot in the imaginary has another sense, designating an autonomous humanoid machine, capable of interacting with the environment.

The history of animated machines, having a human form or not goes back to antiquity.
Greek mythology refers already artificial beings made of metal and manufactured by the god of hell, Hades.

Automata first appeared in the East, before to make the admiration of European courts.

Subsequently, different stages of technological development and information technology and robotics are inseparable, they are involved in the genesis of robotics today. The Jacquard loom with punch cards allows programming then making interchangeable machines.
With the Boolean algebra, logic and calculations can do automated reasoning. Progress in the field of sensors, artificial intelligence to process the data received, and servo motors complement the panel of components needed.

More in the History or robotics.

All the names for robots

Robot and cinema

The main achievements of men showing artificial cyborgs are:

Designing a modern robot

Robots today are purely mechanical, consisting of articulated rigid parts by servo-motors.
As the number of servo motors is high (and therefore the number of degrees of freedom) more gestures are precise and high capacities.

Components of a robot:

See Anatomy of an android.

Programming robots

There are several tools and programming languages for robots.

Microsoft developed in 2004, the Robotics Developer Studio with the Visual Programming language that can interface with toys as industrial robots. ROS is an open source IDE for programming any sort of robots.

The Urbi language operates on atoms of behavior that are pieced together to form actions aim. It can interface with ROS.

Risbee wants to provide a simpler interface with icons representatives of elementary actions and objects.

See Robots programming.


Robots in various forms are commercially successful

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