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Last Updated: 08/08/2016

Some information about Robots

There are dozens and dozens of robot types.  Industrial robots have been in manufacturing since the 1970's.  Yes, robots have been helping people for well over 40 years. The number of applications keeps on growing with advances in technology.

There are; cleaning robots, landscape robots, military robots, surgical robots, entertainment robots, robotics for education, assistant robots, industrial robots.  There are beverage robots, servant robots, big robots, small robots, walking bipedal robots, even humanoid robots.  The list goes on and on.  Heck, we even programmed one to cook egg sandwiches, open bottles, and serve draft beer in a cup.

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Hollywood has been using the idea of robots since the 60s and possibly earlier.  Weve seen robots in Movies, Television shows, and TV commercials.  For some, early exposure to robots came from animated shows.  Series like The Jetsons had Rosie the Maid, or the Japanese animated series Astro Boy.  Some might remember the B9 Robot in the television series; Lost in Space.

Just as in television, weve seen many robots in movies.  Star Wars has some of the most famous, R2-D2 & C-3PO in the 1970s.  In the 80s we were introduced to the T-800 in the movie, The Terminator.  In 1986 Johnny 5 came to the big screen in the movie Short Circuit.  How about Bicentennial Man in the 1999 American science fiction drama family film, starring Robin Williams.  In 2003, the movie Paycheck starring Ben Affleck & Uma Thurman used 2 Yaskawa Motoman industrial robots.  Most of us remember the NS-5s in I, Robot starring Will Smith, in 2004.

There's a couple of animation films that come to mind; in 2005 we had the animated comic science fiction film Robots.  And dont forget WALL-E from the Disney PIXAR movie of the same name, in 2008.

Regardless of your feelings towards robotics, it appears robots are here to stay.



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