Although we have yet to experience the dreaded robot apocalypse, autonomous robots are definitely on the rise. But there's nothing to fear (yet), the vast majority of these robots are designed to make life easier and more fun for humans.
Most robotic research focuses on tackling one specific problem, such as building better hardware, performing a specific task, or implementing new algorithms. But when building autonomous robots, all these elements need to be combined into a single system so that the end result is a machine capable of performing helpful tasks in a real-world setting.
Whether they're surveying the sky for threats, diving in the ocean to clean up pollution, patrolling your living room for dirt, or playing soccer to entertain audiences, autonomous robots here to help solve the worlds problems and make life more enjoyable.
From Grocery-Bagging Droids to Kamikaze Drones
By: Wes Walcott - Published: Sep 14, 2012