The Future of Robotics

human looking woman robot

Life Like Robots

Robotic engineers are designing the next generation of robots to look, feel and act more human, to make it  easier for us to warm up to a cold machine.

Realistic looking hair and skin with embedded sensors will allow robots to react naturally in their environment. For example, a robot that senses your touch on the shoulder and turns to greet you.

Subtle actions by robots that typically go unnoticed between people, help bring them to life and can also relay  non verbal communication.

Artificial eyes that move and blink. Slight chest movements that simulate breathing. Man made muscles to change facial expressions. These are all must have attributes for the socially acceptable robots of the future.


lifelike robot woman

The brain behind the beauty will be the key to turning a realistic looking machine into a life like robot. AI plays a pivotal role in successful human/robot interaction.


HRP-4C Singing robot (video)

HRP-4C, AIST, close-up (video)

Life-like walking female robot (video)

Kokoro Actroid DER2

Joey Chaos video


Eva the female robot

Girl robot sings

Project Aiko

Hanson Robotics


Robotic Pets


Robotic Pets

Pets of the future might be robots with artificial intelligence.

Robotic Pets



Ping Pong Playing Robot


Rescue Robots

Imagine yourself lost deep in the forest on a cold autumn night and nightfall is rapidly approaching. Too windy for search aircraft and too dark for ground teams, this could be a life threatening situation. Fortunately for you, it is ten years into the future and hundreds of tiny intelligent robots will be combing the woods for you throughout the night.

All terrain robots (ATRs), will truly function as a team by sharing their locations, discoveries, search patterns and more. Large ATRs could carry many smaller robots and provide them with localized control and power.

These smaller more specialized robots will have cameras, sonar, heat sensors, motion detectors and can be sent out by the large ATRs as needed. Smaller robots might work together to perform tasks such as moving a large obstacle.

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Robotic Competitions


baby playing with robot

The ultimate goal of the RoboCup project is to develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world champion team in soccer by the year 2050.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions.

RoboCup web site

FIRST Robotics Competition


Robotic Insects


Insects have come up with many interesting solutions for the problems that future robots will have to deal with like cooperation,  specialized movement and adapting to changing environments. Robotic engineers are incorporating examples found in nature into their designs.

Robot Insects


Robotic Prosthetics


Prosthetics are one of the best uses for robotics and man-machine interfaces.

The Third Thumb Project

Revolutionary mechanical hand adds a sense of touch to mind-controlled prostheses

Man controls cybernetic hand with thoughts

Shadow Hand

Cyborg-style iLimb hand a big hit with Iraq veterans

Robot Hand

Applause For The SmartHand

Bionic arm, "Luke Arm" prosthesis


Walking Robots



Bipedal Walking Robot Lucy

Cyborg-walkers stride toward Japan's robotics future

Boston Robotics





Wearable bionic suits are being developed for the military to allow soldiers to carry heavier loads and to conserve energy.

Other uses for exoskeletons are assisting rescue workers move heavy objects and bionics for motor-impaired patients.



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Mobile robot assistants designed to people in daily life activities.


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