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Next Generation Robots

Next generation robots

We are going to take a look at a juicy stuff in this section we will check out the cutting edge of three categories.

  1. Robotic Dexterity.
  2. Versatility.
  3. Overall Innovation

Let us begin with dexterity

When it comes to robotic dexterity and athleticism there’s no one doing it better than Boston Dynamics. The company now owned by the Japanese firm soft-bank was founded in 1992 and has since risen to become the leader in robotics.


  • ATLAS is a six foot humanoid robot that’s been designed for search and rescue its abilities. Include navigating outdoor rough terrain and manipulating its environment. In order to sea atlas is equipped with stereo cameras and laser rangefinder.
  • The robot is so advanced that it can now do some tasks that I’d say most humans couldn’t. This includes successful back-flips.
  • When released in 2013, ATLAS was an absolute break through in humanoid robotics. As it could easily walk on uneven surfaces and even snow-covered terrain.
  • It can get up when knocked over this is something that the previous generation of humanoid robots couldn’t manage. May be to put some minds at ease the department of defence has stated that it has no interest or defensive warfare.

Spot mini

  • The k-9 inspired spot mini weight about 25 kilograms or 55 pounds and is much lighter than other Boston Dynamics robots. It runs off electricity and can operate for about one and half hours.
  • Spot mini is also quietest robot from Boston Dynamics.
  • In February 2018 a video spot mini opening a door with a claw made it to number one on YouTube trendy.
  • A lot of people did find it a bit creepy especially if they are a fan of black mirror.
  • But what some people might not know is that spot mini he can actually be controlled by human. He’s a pretty cool example of a TED Talk
  • Where that happens so Seth Davis who’s a robot Wrangler. He’s giving spots some general direction by steering it around but all the coordination of the legs.
  • The sensors is done by the robots computer’s on board it’s scott or a solid state gyro. I am you on a board and it loves to use its dynamic gates like running.
  • Some of people may think that as a head in the neck, but it’s an arm. Seth is driving it around now he’s actually driving the hand and the body is following. The two are coordinated in the way.
  • People can do that and infact one of the cool things the spa can do we call chicken head mode. It keeps its head in one place in space and moves its body all around. There’s a variation of this that’s called TWERKING.
  • We have a lidar on the back of the robot. It’s using these probes we put on the back of robot and it’s gone over to that location. Now it’s using a camera that’s in its and to find the cop picks it up. So it was the planned out path for it to go.

Another way Boston Dynamics has is Handle


  • Handle combines the dexterity of the other Boston Dynamics robots. But with wheels it stands 6.5 feet high and can travel about 15 kilometers an hour or nine miles.
  • Now it also runs on battery and can travel a pretty impressive 24 kilometres or 15 miles in one charge. To add to this it can jump four feet high.



  • Honda’s Asimo robot takes the cake for the most versatile robot in terms of ease of integration into various target market. Asimo which stands for advanced step in innovative mobility has the ability to make sense of its environment via facial and sound recognition.
  • But this goes a step further. Asimo can also understand postures and gestures. Such as hand-shakes painting or waving this enables the robot to interact with human quite well. It’s also capable of detecting the movement of multiple objects including distance and direction.
  • This is achieved by two cameras. Asimo head acting as its eyes. Asimo follow a face alternates head to a person when being approached or spoken to the robot. Also has the ability to recognise general sounds such as an object falling or other loud noises.
  • Overall the robot is very multi functional and can perform number of general tasks. Such as turning on light switches opening doors carrying objects and pushing carts.

Now let us take a look at innovation


Da-vinci robot

  • This one comes from the field of medicine is the da-vinci robot.
  • I think its a preety good idea,the da vinci system is robotic technology.
  • It allows the surgeons hand movements to be translated into smaller more precise movements using tiny instruments inside of the patient’s body.
The da vinci has two parts
A tower
  • Weather robotic arm operates and a separate console where it’s been controlled by the surgeon tower is positioned directly over the patient during surgery. And is equipped with four controlled computer arms three of them have a wealth of surgical instruments. The fourth is equipped with 3-d cameras at the console booth.
  • The surgeon can operate the controls while looking through a stereoscopic monitor. This monitor provides an HD-3d view of the area being operated on the end result is now hyper-precise movement without human artifacts. Such as shaping he is an example of the system performing a mock surgery on a grape.

In the medical field the da-vinci is currently used for:-

Cardiac surgery,

General surgery,

Head and neck surgery,

Urology surgery
and various other surgeries.

  • So finer and more controlled movements surely have their advantages. But some critics know that the Da-Vinci system ultimately limits the creative freedom. Because the software can’t be altered by physicians.

So let’s move from the operating table to somewhere completely different deep-sea exploration

Ocean One Robot

  • We will start off by Stanford’s ocean one robot is pretty interesting.
  • It’s a humanoid android that stands in between a human diver and an autonomous under water vehicle.
  • Stanford’s ocean one robot is supposed to dive into areas that are too dangerous for humans. And likely to be damaged by traditional autonomous vehicles areas. Such as coral reefs ocean one is controlled by a human who receives haptic feedback on the controls where the robot touches something.

So the next robot takes this idea a little bit further

It’s fish robot called SoFi.

  • In general we as humans know next to nothing about the vast oceans on this planet and the life that lives within it.

For example :- The very first footage of the elusive Greenland shark which can live for more than four hundred years was only captured in 2011.

  • One solution is to have a robot that actually looks like a convincing part of wildlife. So it can swim close to you and study ocean Eco-systems without being detected.
  • MIT researchers have recently just successfully tested so far in deep diving that it can swim upto 40 minutes at once. It easily handled currents and took high resolution photos and videos using a fish eye lens some what ironically.


Robert Katzmann is a head of this research at MIT his computer and science artificial intelligence laboratory and he says –

” To our knowledge, this is the first robotic fish that can swim unthered in three dimensions for extended periods of time. We are excited about the possibility of being able to use a system like this to get closer to marine life than humans could ever on their own.”


The scientists hope that Sophia can shed some light on the oceans deep mysteries staying on the topic of animals.

Our next robot is a CAT

Open cat is an interesting approach to robotics. It is a low-budget yet capable simple kid project for those wanted to learn about robotics.

Inventor wrong Zhong li explains :-

  • “We are developing programmable and highly maneuverable quadruped robots for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)education and AI enhance services. Its compact and bionic design makes it the only affordable consumer robot that mimics to his surroundings. Its innovative soft- joints reduce wear or shot and extends the lifetime of hardware.”
  • There are two versions one that uses an Adreno motion module for real time adaption. And a full version which uses a Raspberry Pi to enable AI enhanced perception.
  • The PI brings wi-fi bluetooth and touch distances sensors voice and night vision capabilities. The project is geared at the less taking client who still want to have some fun and something to play with Li’s states.
  • The end goal would be like a little robotic cat ALEXA or android phone with an app store that you can download third party applications.

To Recap

  • We have the efforts from Boston Dynamics with almost human like balance and agility the friendly robot from HONDA asimo.
  • We have the efforts from Boston Dynamics with almost human like balance and agility the friendly robot from HONDA asimo.
  • The surgical Da-Vinci robot that increases the technical abilities of surgeons.
  • Ocean one and android diver Sophia- a swimming fish robot.
  • Open cat – aiming to bring robotics to every one and lastly backyard build fighting robots.

Which robot you like the most and why?

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Monika Khilrani

Hii, I am Monika Khilrani amazed by Computer Science, I am a technology enthusiast, author and founder of www.mindofyouth.com, writing is not only my profession, it is my passion too because DATA=Knowledge + experience.