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The Robotics Series: Facts about Robots

Facts about robots Whether you think of robots as some kind of killer machines from science fiction or you think they’re pretty cool, how much do you really know about them? In this blog, we want to share some interesting facts about robots that you can share with your friends.

Interesting facts about robots

  • The first ‘humanoid’ robot was called Elektro. It was built in 1939, was a huge 7ft tall and it knew 700 words.
  • Around one million robots are in use in industry today.
  • The US army has 4000 robots that are used for detecting bombs in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • The smallest robot that exists is called a nanobot and it measures less than one thousandth of a millimetre!
  • Sensors allow robots to perceive sounds and the environment, and to handle things. Small video cameras allow some robots to gain a 3D view of the world.
  • Artificial intelligence hasn’t yet made robots capable of thinking like us, but it has enabled them to do things like recognise faces and play chess.
  • Some of the first robots that appeared in people’s homes were children’s toy robots. They became very popular in the 1980’s and are still on the wishlist of many kids today.
  • Millions of people have robot vacuum cleaners in their homes. Models like the Roomba can navigate obstacles and clean up dirt from even hard to reach corners using advanced technology. Though you probably are more used to seeing YouTube videos of cats and babies riding on them instead of cleaning!
  • Did you know? Most robots are programmed with a female voice.
  • Japan is one of the most advanced countries when it comes to robots and it’s the country that is trying to develop robots for more personal use (caring for older people, for example.) In the west, robots are more likely to be used in industry.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our series on robotics and that you’re inspired to learn more, because robots are here to stay!

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