Robots have come a long way since Fritz Lang’s Metropolis first debuted in 1927. You may not see them walking the streets just yet, but there are some incredible robotic innovations out there that will make you wonder how close we are to actually having robots take over the world. Check out this list of the most advanced robots in the world right now to get an idea of how far robotics has come.
Owned by Boston Dynamics, Atlas is a humanoid robot built to tackle rough terrain. It uses two arms and two legs to balance and navigate. Atlas can walk around and carry objects, but it’s more accurate than other bots. When you watch it maneuver over rocks, you can see that it’s designed to handle uneven ground with ease. It just needs some help getting over those boulders—then again, we do, too!
Recently, DARPA has unveiled its latest project, a robot known as Valkyrie. This robot is unlike any other on earth. It stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 150 pounds. In appearance, it resembles something of a cross between a rescue dog and an Olympian gymnast.
The most advanced robot in the world has been designed by David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics. Sophia is a lifelike humanoid robot that can talk, read emotions and engage people through body language. She’s capable of holding conversations, shows empathy and responds to human touch.
The most advanced robots are those designed for space exploration and research. NASA’s Robonaut technology is a perfect example of how far robotics have come. Designed to work side-by-side with astronauts, Robonaut can lift up to 22 pounds, withstand radiation and travel at speeds of more than 2 miles per hour. Although it was originally intended for space applications, NASA believes there are many other potential uses for its latest creation—including disaster response, telemedicine and hazardous materials handling.
The BigDog, developed by Boston Dynamics is a four-legged robot that can carry up to 340 pounds over rough terrain. Equipped with sophisticated sensors, it can follow and avoid obstacles, climb slopes and even find its way back if it becomes separated from its handler. The original development cost of BigDog was estimated at $35 million dollars, with each subsequent prototype costing an additional $25 million dollars.
One of my favorite robots is named Jaxon. It’s based on a robot called Cassie that was designed to help find survivors after natural disasters. Jaxon has been improved upon, making it one of the most advanced robots in its class. The new model has almost double the range, can run faster, and can lift 40% more weight than its older counterpart.