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39 Awesome Autonomous Robots

From Grocery-Bagging Droids to Kamikaze Drones

— September 14, 2012 — Autos
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.

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Robotic Running Buddies
Robotic Running Buddies
'Joggobot' is a Flying Device that Flies by Your Side While Running
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38
Uncanny Valley Androids
Uncanny Valley Androids
The Hasegawa Bot Learns, Thinks and Behaves Like a HumanBeing
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37
Hospitality Bots
Hospitality Bots
The CIROMI Robot by Ed Corporation is the First Theater Android
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36
Language Learning Droids
Language Learning Droids
The iCub DeeChee Develops Vocabulary by Interacting With Humans
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35
Upgraded Urban Androids
Upgraded Urban Androids
The AlphaDog is Almost Ready for Military Deployment Abroad
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34
Android Astronauts
Android Astronauts
NASA's Robonaut 2 is Assisting Operations in Space
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33
Autonomous Robotic Planes
Autonomous Robotic Planes
MIT Team Builds Camera-Free Plane That Can Navigate Using Sensors
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32
Daycare-Aged Robots
Daycare-Aged Robots
Japanese Researchers Develop 'Pneuborn' Robots to Study Babies
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31
Mechanical Insects
Mechanical Insects
The University of Bielefeld's Hector is a Mechanical Crawler
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30
Fundraising Androids
Fundraising Androids
DONA the Panhandling Robot Outsources Donation Solicitation
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29
Personal Female Androids
Personal Female Androids
Luna the Robot by RoboDynamics Makes Domesticated Work Easy
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28
Lawn Trimming Droids
Lawn Trimming Droids
Cutting the Grass is a Cinch With the Bosch Indego Robot Mower
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27
Flying Spying Robots
Flying Spying Robots
The US Navy MQ-4C Triton is an Airborne Stalker
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26
Medical Assisting Droids
Medical Assisting Droids
The ED-7270 Robot Provides Much Needed Support in Hospitals
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25
Drum Machine Robot
Drum Machine Robot
Autonomous Robot Makes Music With Its Surroundings
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24
Shark-Tracking Droids
Shark-Tracking Droids
The Surfing Robot Finds Great Whites off California
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23
Bell-Shaped Butler Bots
Bell-Shaped Butler Bots
RoboDynamics Luna Robot Has Been Engineered to Serve the Masses
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22
Grocery-Bagging Robots
Grocery-Bagging Robots
Stanford University's Incredible PR2 Robot is an Android Checkout Cle
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21
Kamikaze Drones
Kamikaze Drones
The New Switchblade UAV Uses Self-Destruct Tech to Engage Enemies
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20
First-Rate Riding Robots (UPDATE)
First-Rate Riding Robots (UPDATE)
The Murata Boy and Girl Ride into Innovation
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19
Robot Nurses
Robot Nurses
uBOT-5
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18
Chore-Aiding Androids
Chore-Aiding Androids
The HOMANT Robot Manager Keeps Your Home in Tip Top Shape
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17
Race-Recording Robots
Race-Recording Robots
Drones by Sebastian Russ Keep on Athletes' Heels for Photo Ops
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16
Cyborg Pledge Collectors
Cyborg Pledge Collectors
The DON-8r Fundraising Robot is the New Sidewalk Canvasser
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15
Robust Rescue Robots (UPDATE)
Robust Rescue Robots (UPDATE)
The Vecna Robotics 'BEAR' Packs on More Power
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14
Robot Soccer
Robot Soccer
Androids Dream of Soccer Glory
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13
Robot Guard
Robot Guard
Samsung's Sentry Robot Kicks Ass
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12
Robotic Space Ants
Robotic Space Ants
The Mars I-SWARM Project
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11
Killer Drones
Killer Drones
X-47B ManHunter is Packed With Advanced Weapons (Oh My!)
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10
Fashion Model Robots
Fashion Model Robots
The HRP-4C Is Japan's Answer to Unaging Female Models
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9
Police Spy Drones
Police Spy Drones
UK Police Introduce Microdrones
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8
Domestic Spy Drones
Domestic Spy Drones
Rover is a One-Bot Surveillance Team and is Controlled by Your Phone
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7
Spybot Deployment
Spybot Deployment
The gMAV ‘Flying Beer Keg' Heads to Iraq
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6
Robotic Ocean Custodians
Robotic Ocean Custodians
The Veolia Marine Drone Swims Around Collecting Trash in the Sea
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5
Base-Jumping Bots
Base-Jumping Bots
Disney's Paraswift Can Safely Jump from Almost Any Point
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4
Sailing Oil Spill Saviors
Sailing Oil Spill Saviors
The Protei Project Offers a Solution for Cleaning the Currents
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3
Maid Machines
Maid Machines
Anna Karmazina Creates a Bathroom-Cleaning Robot
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2
Robotic Racing Bikes
Robotic Racing Bikes
The Detonator Motorycle is Too Dangerous for Human Racers
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1
Autonomous Robotic Wheels
Autonomous Robotic Wheels
The Carrier Wheelchair Ensures User is Completely Independent
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