Robots continue to grow in their importance amongst law enforcement, military use, medical research and care, space exploration and entertainment, among other tasks. Robots recently in the news include Russia’s decades-old Lunokhod rovers – recently photographed from Lunar orbit, the naming of “Curiosity”, NASA’s next Mars rover, and a robotic dental patient, designed for realistic training. Collected here are a handful of relatively recent photographs of robots around the world – and the solar system.
South Korea’s android robot “EveR-3” (Eve Robot 3) wears a traditional costume while performing a Korean musical in Seoul on February 18, 2009. A South Korean-developed robot that played to acclaim in “Robot Princess and the Seven Dwarfs” is set for more leading theater roles this year, a scientist said on February 10.
Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot named BigDog, designed to help soldiers carry heavy equipment in the field, climbs a snowy hillside.
A robot named “Robovie-II”, developed by Japanese robotics research institution ATR, moves around a grocery store during a shopping-assist experiment in Kyoto, western Japan January 6, 2010. The robot greets the shopper at the entrance of the store, follows him to the shelves while holding a grocery basket and reminds him of the items on a shopping list, which the shopper would have entered beforehand in a specialized mobile device.
These three combo photos show a “cybernetic human” HRP-4C, designed to look like an average Japanese woman, creating expressions like anger, left, and surprise, right, during a demonstration in Tsukuba, near Tokyo, Monday, March 16, 2009.
An English-teaching robot stands in front of children at an elementary school in Daejeon, 140km south of Seoul on December 11, 2009. Robot teachers — who never get angry or make sarcastic remarks — have been a hit with pupils during a pilot project in some South Korean schools, a government report said.
Japan’s machinery maker Kawada Industries’ new robot Nextage cuts a ribbon with other attendants at the opening ceremony for the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo on November 25, 2009.
A U.S. Army soldier walks past a de-mining robot named after the computer animated character “Wall-E” at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, March 10, 2010.
A worker walks past a ‘Motoman’ dual arm robot by Japanese company Yaskawa Electric during final preparations at the “Hannover Messe” industrial trade fair in Hanover April 18, 2008.
A humanoid robot developed to get students interested in robotics demonstrates with Nippon Institute of Technology associate professor Yuichi Nakazato (top R) during an unveiling event in Miyashiro, north of Tokyo December 19, 2009.
Mahru-Z (R), a robot developed by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology picks up a sandwich in Seoul on January 15, 2010. South Korean scientists have developed a walking robot maid which can clean a home, dump clothes in a washing machine and even heat food in a microwave. The institute took two years to develop Mahru-Z, which is 1.3 metres (4.3 feet) tall and weighs 55 kilograms (121 pounds).
Imformatics PHD student Sebastian Bitzer performs push-up exercises with a programmed Kondo humanoid robot at the newly opened Imformatics Forum building of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland September 3, 2008
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