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Technology Review: Tentacle Robots to Sneak out IEDs

From lighting up of matchstick to Wars and Entertainment we find machines doing our work on a greater scale. But, the greatest innovation by Science in the present scenario is the “Robots”. Robots have not only made our work easier and simpler but also are doing our work precisely. We find Robots in the adobe of  office, enhancing organizational processes. From official work to home uses and from home users to defence personnel, Robots are performing their duties with full enthusiasm and zeal. Recently, Robots have put their leg in the Army field. They are in the race to join hands with man in Military wars.

With exoskeleton of a “snake” robots  are about join the U.S Army. The U.S Army has given birth to “Snakelike” robots that will be soon joining the U.S Army in the Battlefield. The task performed by these Snakelike robots will include rescuing missions, opening doors, searching enemies and controlling the Improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The above mentioned tasks are quite dangerous and involve loss of life and drastic harmful effect. The Snakelike robot will not only handle such imminent tasks but also aid to prevent the Army troop from harm and havoc.

The generic name for Snake resembling robot is “Robotic Tentacle Manipulator”. The design of this Robot is similar to  Snake because it has an array of small bots which in turn depict a snake. Along with an array of three snake robots, it has a circular base. Culmination of bots depict sort of hand. The device is going to very pliable and “since it has scales it can be carved in to various sizes and configurations, thus giving it maximum lithe” says the U.S Army. The robot will also have sensor installed in it displaying video about the surreptitiously susceptible objects. These are installed in the iRobot’s Warrior military bots and can be controlled from a distance via laptops. Moreover, enhanced agility of these Robots is due LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and 3D imaging ability of the latter. This capability will not only allow it to crawl but swim at the same time the narrow spaces for investigation about the targets at near range.

According to Researcher Derek Scherer of Lab’s Vehicle Technology Director,” These robots are very sensitive and can manipulate in such a way that can not only open doors but also handle and inspect IED without setting them off”. The Snake robot is a result of collaborative research at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. The Institute produced bots like snake that can crawl inside the tubes or around them. Usage of drainpipes for surreptitious surveillance is the prevailing idea. With Labs around the world delved for improving the “Snake bots” for military and civilian purposes. The Israeli army is giving a new definition to snake bots by installing a camera eye in it, so that it can plant explosives and spy on enemies. With time to come Snake like Robots can be not only seen in the Army but also will serve as a momentous defence force for civilian and military reasons.

Robots Recruited for Household Works

Robots are one of the  astonishing inventions of recent world of science. Today the world is running after time and thus they always look for a shortcut solution. Robots come up with the solution which offers to reduce human effort immensely in various sectors of life. Especially in developed world robots become like a daily electronic device who can serve as a household worker! The use of robot in the war field is increasing alarmingly, but now robots also are showing their productivity in doing laundry works and dish washing!

Visionary Leonardo da Vinci first sketched a human robot in 1495, of which the blueprints were discovered in 1950. After this the revolution started and in 1926 the first ever useful robot was produced by Westinghouse Electric Corporation.  In 60s and 70s the real development in robotics took place. In early 90s robots became a buzz word. But scientists have taken a giant step to take in the house corner along with reducing the cost immensely by high technical modification. Universities around the globe especially European, North American and Some Asian universities have taken the step to improve the quality and workability of robots by diversified technologies. Along with the development in technical side like computing, algorithms, software and more sophisticated hardware;  robotics has evolved as the fastest technological potential for humans. Now there are about 1.2 million industrial robots with 7.5 million service robots in the market. Industrial robots are used in car production, automated guideline production chain, packaging etc. The service robots are usually used in various services providing agency like airlines, hospitals, research lab including house.

In the long run, robots will either be produced for single purpose or multipurpose functions. Now the manufacturers concentrate on producing single purpose but intelligent and more efficient robots. Willow Garage, a robotics firm has announced a loan scheme for a personalized robotics project. They will offer 11 renowned universities to take the chance to restructure the shape of human civilization. Their ‘Personal robot 2’(PR2) named project allows about $4 million where they aims to provide a radical change in the robot industry by coming with a new idea of personal robotics. The experts in the fields are very hopeful about the project and they want the project research to be done by the best heads in the field. They emphasize the long run vision and innovative steps. The successful completion of this project widens the use of robots in many personal staffs. They could be used in household works like laundry or dish washing or floor cleaning with utmost efficiency.

In the early century robotics became a dream for the better technological adherence. With the advancement of technology and science, it has further assisted in the realization of this dream. Dependence on robot in many industry and research Labs has increased exponentially. The day is not so far when the robots will help the humans in education and other intellectual decisions directly like household works!

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