This collection of the most popular and innovative 2014 robot trends truly proves that the future is here. Even as a child reading sci-fi novels in the '90s, I never would've expected that it might be possible in my lifetime for me to sit at the helm of a two-storey tall paintball-hurling robotic beast. But this is just one of many robotic inventions that have arisen this year.
However, robots aren't all just about fun and games. The year past has seen some particularly encouraging and important robotic innovations in the medical field. Robots are being developed to assist in physiotherapy and help disabled patients into bed.
Robots are becoming increasingly niche and are being developed to replace a wide variety of traditionally human-controlled tasks, from bartending and pizza delivery to wildlife-monitoring and crime prevention.
For more on what the future holds in the world of robotics, check out Trend Hunter's Robots Trend Report.
Top 100 Robot Trends of 2014
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Life-Saving Air Drones
Robotic Wheelchair Beds
Droid Keyboard Projectors
Robotic Vehicle Valets