When we think of robots, the first thing that strikes our mind is some kind of robot apocalypse where robots take over the world and we pitiful souls end up as their captive. Fear not, bots haven’t got there yet. But, the year 2016 was a huge step forward for these iron humans. They made some excellent progress and picked key skills along the way.
Here is a roundup of some of the best new skills acquired by our mechanical cousins in this year.
Totally Soft Robots
Till this year, even the tiniest robots had to rely on some hard mechanical parts. Now, for the first time ever, scientists have built the world’s first soft bodied robot. This resembles an octopus and can move forward on its own. It’s made from silicon and has tentacles. Scientists are now trying to incorporate sensors into its body, so that it can become self-reliant when it comes to moving around.
The world’s first surgery done completely by robots happened in 2016. The surgery was on a pig and the robot was able to match the skill levels of experienced human surgeons. Though robotic arms have been assisting surgeons for quite some time, this is the first time a robot has handle the entire process completely on its own.
Tackle complex Tasks like Solve a Rubik’s Cube
A robot from Infineon, a robotics company amazed everyone by solving a Rubik’s cube at times faster than the current record. This stood as a testimony to the amazing potential of robots. Solving a Rubik’s cube is no mean feat for a mechanical robot. With bazillions of combinations, it requires powerful sensors and lighting fast processing power to get this done.
With impressive feats like this, let’s see what the New Year, 2017 has to bring in for Bots!
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