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Top 10 Strangest Robots

— May 14, 2006 — Tech
At TecheBlog, they've compiled a list of the Top 10 Strangest Robots. The collection includes a robot chair that walks, fighting robots that inflict pain on their opponents, a female android robot, and the fastest running robot on two legs!

Check out the site for the videos. My favorites include:
10. TomCat - a “fast moving quadrupedal robot” that's capable of running at approx. 2 body lengths/sec."
9. King Kizer - A robot that kicks and hits its opponent with accuracy.
7. “RunBot” - The Fastest Robot on Two Legs
4. EveR-1 Female Android - "For now, EveR-1 can be employed as a guide robot at museums and department stores or as an educational model to read books to children,'' (TechEBlog)
2. The Robotic Chair - It walks....
1. Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot
Trend Themes
1. Robotics for Entertainment - From fighting robots to robot chairs, there is a growing trend towards the use of robotics for entertainment purposes, paving the way for innovators to develop new and creative robotic products to entertain people.
2. Innovative Robotics Design - Robots like RunBot and EveR-1 employ innovative designs that reflect increased investment in research to develop robots with life-like qualities - creating an opportunity for innovators to develop even more advanced features and designs.
3. Shared Humanity with Robots - Robots like EveR-1 are designed to exhibit human-like attributes, a growing trend that could eventually lead to humans developing close relationships with mechanical counterparts and perhaps even forming human-robot partnerships to achieve goals.
Industry Implications
1. Entertainment Industry - There is an opportunity for businesses in the entertainment industry to incorporate robotics in new and exciting ways, to engage tech-savvy audiences and attract new customers.
2. Robotics Industry - Companies that manufacture robots can build on the innovative designs and features seen in the unique types of robots to create even more advanced and novel products that cater to different needs.
3. Education Industry - With robots like EveR-1 already functioning in museums and department stores as educational aides, there is a growing trend for the usage of robots in educational settings, presenting an opportunity for businesses in the education industry to explore this technology as an education aid.
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