Pictures: Robots at work and play

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pictures: Robots at work and play

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Advances in robotic manufacturing technology still continuous help people progress further in areas such as space exploration, health care, security, entertainment, defense and much more. These machines - some fully automatic, others require human control - to help empower people, as well as help people discover distant places or too dangerous.

NASA currently has dozens of robots in action, along with the satellites flying around the Moon and four planets, there are also two others en route to the asteroid Ceres and Pluto. The following pictures will show you an overview of robot technology in the early stages of the 21st century.

Pictures: When robots work and play

The robot looks like a dog is called Robot Legged Squad Support System (LS3) developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is for testing activities at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, Virginia, 09/10/2012. LS3 is developed to use in order to help transport troops and heavy items of military equipment over varied terrain.

Pictures: Robots at work and play

The robot which can swim underwater working under the sea ice in the East Antarctic. Scientists have created a 3D map of the surface beneath the Antarctic sea ice, which helps them to understand more about the impact of climate change on the region.

Pictures: Robots at work and play


French engineer Christophe Millot stands with his Wall-Ye prototype, a robot designed to prune vines, in the Pouilly Fuisse vineyard during a press presentation near Macon, France, on October 12, 2012. The 50 by 60 centimeter robot, with four wheels and two metal arms, has six web cameras and a GPS and can roll between grapevines, test the soil and check the grapes. With a little more training, Wall-Ye will be able to prune up to 600 vines per day, says his inventor, who has been working on the project for the past three years.
Pictures: Robots at work and play

A U.S. military launched Puma unmanned aircraft in the air, in the province of Ghazni, Afghanistan, 06/25/2012.


Sophie Morgan was walking with the device called "Rex" at the Wellcome Trust event in London, UK, 09/19/2012. Rex's system allows people moving in wheelchairs, including the paralysis of the entire body, can stand up and walk independently. Sophie was paralyzed after a car accident in 2003.



On Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover images itself -- this image shows the rover's Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS), with the Martian landscape in the background. The image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera on the 32nd Martian day, or sol, of operations on the surface (September 7, 2012). APXS can be seen in the middle of the picture. This image let researchers know that the APXS instrument had not become caked with dust during Curiosity's dusty landing. Scientists enhanced the color in this version to show the Martian scene as it would appear under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing the terrain.

The Martian surface with rocks and hills photographed by NASA's Curiosity self-propelled vehicles. You can see more images of Mars here.


The Andros F6A robot, controlled by U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal team members, carries a backpack containing an improvised explosive device during a hostile threat exercise at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, on June 20, 2012.


A robot sits before Buddhist monks, as they pray during a mass alms-offering ceremony at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok, on June 19, 2012. The ceremony was held to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the enlightenment of Lord Buddha.


An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, made by the French company Fly-n-Sense, flies over Mont-de-Marsan, France, on July 12, 2012. French firefighters were testing it in the Landes forest region as an innovative forest surveillance system which will enable a real-time monitoring of fire outbreaks.


The series of three photo shows a robot dancing in column Tobit Software's booth before the opening of the CeBIT exhibition in Hanover, Germany, May 3, 2012.



Two robotic legged squad support system (LS3) machines by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency follow a technician during a demonstration at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, on September 10, 2012.


A robot gestures at the Ideen Park fair in Essen, Germany, on August 13, 2012. The fair is organized for children and young adults by the German steel company ThyssenKrupp AG to inspire their spirit of research and to promote careers in science and technology.

Expedition 32 crew on the International Space Station (ISS), flying at an altitude of about 380km, record a series of images of the phenomenon South Aurora, July 15, 2012.



A closeup of Saturn's small moon named Phoebe, recorded by NASA's Cassini orbiter. Images like this one, showing bright wispy streaks thought to be ice revealed by subsidence of crater walls, are leading to the view that Phoebe is an icy-rich body overlain with a thin layer of dark material. This week also marks the fifteen-year anniversary of Cassini's launch, back in 1997.


This image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, on June 16, 2012. The spacecraft, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, conducted in-orbit experiments during a 15-month clandestine mission, officials said. It was the second such autonomous landing at the base.


A 49-year-old electric bike mechanic who identified himself only as Wu welds a component to fit onto his newly-made robot at his repair shop in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, on June 25, 2012. Wu spent over 10 days to make this nearly two-meter high robot using parts from abandoned electric bikes. The robot, which is able to walk and pump up tires by itself, is still under modification, according to local media.

The new Boeing Phantom Eye unmanned drone, designed to stay airborne for days, travels on its first autonomous flight at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 1, 2012. The 28-minute flight began at 6:22 a.m. PDT as the liquid-hydrogen powered aircraft lifted off its launch cart. Phantom Eye climbed to an altitude of 4,080 feet and reached a cruising speed of 62 knots.


Do you recognize him? Yes, these are robots which was created with the face of Psy, the artist who created the "Gangnam Style". They was perfoming in Seoul, South Korea, on October 17, 2012.


Humanoid robot HRP-4C Miim appeared at the annual meeting between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) in Tokyo, October 10, 2012.



U.S. Army Spc. Andrew B. Clement, an explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to 129th EOD, attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Task Force Bronco, uses an Xbox controller and a computer viewfinder to maneuver an EOD robot at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, on August 1, 2012.

Pacbot 310, a robot operating mines under the control of technical experts Andrew B. Clement of the U.S. Army Outpost Honaker-Miracle, eastern Afghanistan, August 1, 2012.



Lauri Mihkels from the technical support team of the Estonian company Fits.me adjusts a shape-shifting robotic mannequin on March 27, 2012 at offices in Tallinn. Fashion fans have one more reason to swap brick-and-mortar shops for online retailers after an Estonian company has come up with a technology allowing them to virtually try their clothes on. Using shape-shifting robotic mannequins, who can grow from slim to muscular in moments, and a technology invented by Estonian universities, the Fits.me company also spares online shops from heaps of returned goods. The robots can take on about 100,000 different body shapes, but only about 2,000 are being used for commercial purposes.

A large beetle-shaped robot "Kabutom RX-03", produced by a Japanese engineer Hitoshi Takahashi is displayed before public at the Tsukuba Festival at Tsukuba city, Tokyo, on August 26, 2012. The Kabutom, 11-meters in length and weighing 17-tons, can walk with its six legs, powered by diesel engines and can blow smoke from its nose.


A robotic cigarette-smoking apparatus, inside the Czech Republic-based subsidiary of cigarette-maker Philip Morris International Inc. in Kutna Hora, on August 28, 2012.


Defense contractor Textron Inc. demonstrates what it calls its Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) technology at the company's New Orleans shipyard, on April 12, 2012. Technology that sent unmanned aircraft over warzones in Iraq and Afghanistan soon could be steering unstaffed boats for such dangerous tasks as minesweeping, submarine detection, intelligence gathering and approaching hostile vessels.


A soft-bodied robot navigates, from top to bottom, an obstacle course. Harvard University researchers built this flexible prototype robot that can crawl and move in a wavelike motion. Unlike rigid robots, soft robots can be used to squeeze into tight spaces.


Soldiers with 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, travel alongside a Doking mine-clearance vehicle in Zharay District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, during a recent patrol. The Doking is a remote-controlled, unmanned robotic vehicle, used for mine and route clearance.(U.S. Army)


Alvin Kabwama, one of the designers of a prototype robot that can detect and disarm Improvised Explosive Devices attempts to switch it on at Makerere University's College of Engineering, Design Art and Telecommunication in Kampala, Uganda, on June 6, 2012. The robot is remotely controlled by a computer and can navigate a flat surface of up to a 20m radius. The development comes in the wake of continuous terrorist threats as a result of the country's contribution of forces to the African Union peace keeping mission in Somalia.


Quadriplegic research subject Tim Hemmes operates a mechanical prosthetic arm with Katie Schaffer during a testing sessions at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center research facility in Pittsburgh. Hemmes had a chip implanted on the surface of his brain that reads his intention to move his paralyzed arm and sends that instruction instead to an advanced bionic arm. The goal is to create mind-controlled prosthetics to restore some independence to the paralyzed. (AP Photo/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)


Akie Koh, a stylist from Japan, makes final preparations on the face of Geminoid F, a female robot, in Hong Kong, on March 28, 2012. The Geminoid F robot, developed by Ishiguro Laboratory in Osaka University and ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, will be on display with other robots at City Plaza's "Robots in Motion 2012" exhibition from March 29 to April 15.



An armed robot controlled by South Korean commandos destroys a mockup of a bomb during an anti-terror drill at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on February 29, 2012.




A robot named "Treebot", developed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, climbs up a tree in Hong Kong, on June 20, 2011. Treebot has two grippers that dig into bark and allow the device to wriggle up a tree like a caterpillar. It weighs less than 1 kg (2.2 lbs), can carry a camera and is designed to climb trees in place of humans, to perform health checks, reported the South China Morning Post.


A Kaman K-MAX helicopter, part of a U.S. Marine Corps Cargo Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System (CRUAS) lands at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on October 13, 2012.


Octavia, a mobile, dexterous, social (MDS) robot, puts out a fire in the prototyping high bay of the just-opened Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. The LASR facility will integrate science and technology components into research prototype systems and will become the nerve center for basic research that supports autonomous systems research for the Navy and Marine Corps.


Two Soft Octopus-like Robot arms, photographed at the Institute of Biorobotics of the Italian University Sant'Anna School in Pisa, on July 17, 2012. The Graduate School Sant'Anna of Pisa (SSSA), which includes six research institutes, has developed two prototype bionic arms, a robot capable of overcoming obstacles, another that recycles garbage, and one that has the form of an octopus.


The robot "Obelix" runs through Freiburg city center, on August 21, 2012. The machine, starting 9:45 in the morning at the University of Freiburg, found its way independently to a plaza in the center of Freiburg, about four kilometers away. Obelix made the journey, avoiding people and obstacles, in about 100 minutes.

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