Robotics is the intersection of science, engineering, and technology that produces machines, called robots, that substitute for (or replicate) human actions. As technology progresses, so too does the scope of what is considered robotics. In 2005, 90% of all robots could be found assembling cars in automotive factories. These robots consist mainly of mechanical arms tasked with welding or screwing on certain parts of a car.
Today, we’re seeing an evolved and expanded definition of robotics that includes the development, creation, and use of bots that explore Earth’s harshest conditions, robots that assist law-enforcement and even robots that assist in almost every facet of healthcare. People get very tired of repetitive tasks like working in a production line. The quality of work done usually varies and the number of hours worked is limited. Robots, however, have no problem with repetition. Robots are used in production lines in industries around the world to make the work people do much easier. Robots are used in vehicle assembly lines and they have a consistent output.
In some of Amazon’s warehouses, robots work alongside people intending to fulfill customers’ orders. Some have been developed for the military to help counter some of the challenges that soldiers face in the field. This has helped reduced casualties and tipped the scales of combat. Robots such as drones are used for surveillance purposes and information gathering on potential threats. They can do this stealthily in scenarios where sending a human operator would be dangerous.
On the 26th of November, 2011, the Curiosity Rover was launched to mars. It carried an array of complex equipment that would be used to study the red planet and relay the information back to earth. The amount of data and still images collected has been useful in understanding the planet. This is one of the cases where robots have been used for research. There’s a lot of importance attached to the need for accuracy in areas such as manufacturing and measurement and robots can fulfill this need. They can account for most of the errors they encounter and readjust themselves. Personal robots can be kept at home and besides entertainment, they can serve other purposes such as cleaning the house and acting as home surveillance systems. Household bots such as Kuri, manufactured by Mayfield Robotics have become popular among people and have received a lot of support from buyers. Kuri can move on its own and avoid obstacles with the help of onboard sensors and a high definition camera. So all in all Robotics touches every aspect of our lives from fighting at the war front to doing simple household chores and hence is the fastest
and most rewarding career option for kids/individuals who want to develop their future career in Robotics.