What Skills did Robots Learn in 2016?

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Robots used to be a thing of the future, something we could only dream about, but those days are past. Robots are now everywhere, and being used for all sorts of things. During last year some new developments surfaced, making robots even more exciting and useful than ever. Here are a handful of incredible skills robots learned in 2016.

How To Be Soft

Traditional robots have been made with hard materials, like metal or plastic, but things are changing. Scientists have used silicone to create soft-bodied robots that look and move like an octopus. Hydrogen peroxide is used to power its tentacles, and sensors will hopefully be added soon to help the robot move through its environment.

 

How To Be Ingested

You may not believe this, but it’s true. Researchers have used dried pig intestines to create ingestible robots. These can be guided through someone’s body with the help of a magnet to remove foreign objects. Something like this could be very helpful in the medical field.

 

Jump Higher Than Ever

Some of the best robots are designed using things in nature. Using the anatomy of small primates called bush babies, scientists created a  robot that has the ability to spring off walls and lep over 3 feet in the air.

 

Balance On One Foot

Specific robots can now walk on uneven surfaces by testing each foothold before putting down its full weight. These can walk over gravel, up hills, and even over rubble. They can even walk along a balance beam just like a human.

 

Detect Pain

Wouldn’t it be great if robots could feel pain? Scientists have used the anatomy of human skin to create a tactile system that detects temperature and pressure. With the help of this system, doctors can better understand and diagnose pain in their patients.

 

Help People Walk

Robots have been used to help with missing arms or legs, but what about those who are paralyzed? Robotic exoskeletons have been created are are allowing those paralyzed from the waist down to actually walk again. With the help of small motors, orthotics, and a pair of integrated crutches, victims of paralysis can walk one mile an hour.

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