There are dozens and dozens of robot types. Industrial robots
have been in manufacturing since the 1970's. Yes, robots have been
helping people for well over 40 years. The number of
applications keeps on growing with advances in technology.
cleaning robots, landscape
robots, military robots, surgical robots, entertainment robots,
robotics for education, assistant robots, industrial robots. There
are beverage robots, servant robots, big robots, small robots,
walking bipedal robots, even humanoid robots.
The list goes on and on. Heck, we even programmed one to cook
egg sandwiches, open bottles, and serve draft beer in a cup.
Yaskawa Motoman SDA10 -
FS100 Cooking Egg Sandwich
Hollywood has been using the
idea of robots since the 60’s and possibly earlier. We’ve seen robots in Movies, Television shows, and TV commercials.
For some, early exposure to robots came from animated shows.
Series like The Jetsons had Rosie the Maid, or the Japanese animated
series Astro Boy. Some might remember the B9 Robot in the television
series; Lost in Space.
Just as in
television, we’ve seen many robots in movies. Star Wars has some of the
most famous, R2-D2 & C-3PO in the 1970’s. In the 80’s we were
introduced to the T-800 in the movie, The Terminator. In 1986 “Johnny 5”
came to the big screen in the movie Short Circuit. How about
Bicentennial Man in the 1999 American science fiction drama family
film, starring Robin Williams. In 2003, the movie
Paycheck starring Ben Affleck & Uma Thurman used 2 Yaskawa Motoman
industrial robots. Most of us remember the NS-5’s in I, Robot
starring Will Smith, in 2004.
There's a couple of animation films that
come to mind; in 2005 we had the animated comic science fiction film
Robots. And don’t
forget WALL-E from the Disney PIXAR movie of the same name, in 2008.
Regardless of your feelings towards robotics,
it appears robots are here to stay.