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 Jul 21, 2023  | Makeblock

Cool robots no longer only exist in sci-fi movies or your imagination. There are millions of dazzling cool robots emerging all around the world. They have various appearances with the coolest performances in different fields. Here are the 11 coolest robots in the world. Check it out!

1. China Robotic Yak: Largest Electric-driven Quadruped Bionic Robot

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China Robotic Yak is the world's largest electric-driven quadruped bionic robot with the strongest load and off-road capabilities! Robotic Yak's running speed can reach up to 10 kilometers per hour, and it can carry a load of 160 kilograms. It has 12 sets of self-developed joint modules, which support various gaits such as diagonal walking, fast trotting, running, and jumping. Robotic Yak can easily adapt to the terrain environment such as steps, trenches, and cliffs, which makes it a good helper for people to transport materials on gravel roads, muddy roads, grasslands, sandy fields, and snowy fields, just like yak on the plateau.

2. Tesla Bot: Same AI System as Tesla

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Tesla Bot is 1.72 meters tall, weighs 56.7 kilograms, and is made of "lightweight materials". The robot shares the AI system of the Tesla car. The limbs are controlled by 40 electromechanical actuators. It has human-level hands and two feet that can sense and feedback to achieve balance and agile movements. Tesla Bot can run at a speed of up to 8 km/h. This repetitive task humanoid robot helps with labor shortages. Have to mention, he even dances well!

3. Vyommitra: Indian Astronaut Pioneer

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Before India achieves a real human landing on the moon, ISRO hopes to use Vyommitra to test the conditions that future Indian astronauts may encounter during their lunar exploration.Vyommitra can perform life support operations, mimic the actions of the crew, talk to the astronauts, and even answer questions like the rest of the crew.

Vyommitra has integrated artificial intelligence and mechanics so it can actually understand what is displayed on the vehicle's control panel, flip a switch accordingly, and talk directly to ISRO ground controllers.

"Vyommitra has a certain level of intelligence. We intent that it should operate and read the display panel and communicate with us using its own voice," said IISU Director Sam Dayala.

4. Fedor: First Russian Robot as a Spaceship Commander

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Fedor is the first robot to serve as the commander of a spaceship. He monitored and reported in real-time the whole process of unmanned launch, flight status, and docking with the International Space Station. Fedor has two control modes of artificial intelligence and remote control.

Although the skills in Fedor's resume include lifting weights, doing push-ups, sorting radioactive waste, operating electric drills, opening bottle caps, putting out fires, driving, and shooting quickly with two "hands" guns... But in reality, his work is not so cool, which mainly includes using special sponges to clean the dust on the shell and portholes of the space station; providing lighting for astronauts with flashlights in the work area; using pliers and other tools to cut cables.

5. Xenobots: First Living Robot in the world

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Xenobots are neither robots in the traditional sense nor any known species. Xenobots are living, programmable organisms whose emergence heralds the birth of a new kind of artificial object. It's the world's first living robot.

Designed by evolutionary algorithms on a supercomputer, the Pac-Man-like living robot was created in 2020 by gathering 500 to 1,000 skin cells and heart cells taken from early Xenopus embryos. It can survive for about 7 to 10 days.

Xenobots' essence is still a living organism. It is cultivated with stem cells extracted from frog embryos. It is less than 1 millimeter in length, but much larger than microorganisms. Researchers introduced artificial intelligence technology and deduced it through a large number of calculations. Xenobots find a reproduction method suitable for self-replication.

6. Nano Spider Robot: Most Ideal Medical Treatment Robot

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The robots can freely walk, move, turn, and stop following the trajectory of DNA, and they can freely walk on the surface of two-dimensional objects. This nano-spider robot is only 4 nanometers long, which is smaller than the one-hundred-thousandth diameter of human hair.

Nano-spider robots move along a specific track through programming. The findings suggest that once programmed, nano-spider robots can perform tasks autonomously without human intervention. Therefore, the nano-spider robot is considered to be the most ideal tool for medical treatment, helping humans identify and kill cancer cells to achieve the purpose of treating cancer, helping people complete surgical operations, and cleaning up arterial waste. Scientists are constantly improving nano-spider robots to allow them to automatically and continuously patrol the body, looking for various disease signals, and providing a basis for doctors to make more accurate diagnoses.

7. Jamoca: Martial Arts Master Robot

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Jamoca weighs about 70kg, has a length of 1.5m, a width of 0.5m, and a standing height of 0.75m, roughly equivalent to the size of a large dog. Jamoca has reached extremely high technical standards:
1) Perceived positioning within 1 cm error;
2) 10 millisecond-level route planning according to the environment;
3) 1KHz real-time torque control based on dynamics;
4) The footing error within 1 cm of the center point of the plum blossom pile Jamoca is like a mysterious martial arts master with a light body and precise judgment.

8. Atlas: Agile Parkour Robot

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Atlas has been popular since its born. People keep an eye on Atlas' breakthroughs every year. Atlas has mastered the "gymnastics" skills, able to jump, roll, and stand upside down continuously. And now Aatlas is famous for being a robot that can make parkour even more agile than some humans!

Not by pre-programming, it relies on its own sensors to perceive the environment and act autonomously. Atlas uses the RGB camera and TOF depth sensor on the head to obtain comprehensive environmental information. The TOF depth sensor generates point clouds of the environment at 15 frames per second. After Atlas obtains the point cloud of the environment, its perception software will use an algorithm called multi-plane segmentation to extract planes from it and input them into a mapping system to build models of the different objects that Atlas sees.

9. Snakebot: Life-saving Robot

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Snakebot is a snake bot with a length of 7.9 meters and a thickness of 2.5 centimeters. It focuses more on the search part. It relies on motor-driven nylon bristles to push its body forward. The speed is not fast, about 5 centimeters per second, but it can turn at small angles, climb up slopes of 20 degrees, and squeeze into narrow seams. It uses the camera "eye" to capture images and send them back to let rescuers know what's going on inside the disaster area.

10. Sony Aibo: Your Immortal Pet

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Aibo has a camera on its nose that can be used for facial recognition, a camera on its buttocks for drawing maps, and 22 freely movable joints, allowing it to move flexibly like a real puppy. Its eyes are made of OLED screens to express a variety of emotions through eye changes.

Aibo will record the owner's behavior habits, and then analyze and display its own behavior. That is to say, as the owner spends more time with Aibo, it will gradually develop its own personality. Aibo's "memory and soul" are recorded on the cloud, so Aibo will never "die" in a mental way. Isn't that cool?

11. Sofia: First Robot with Citizenship

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Sophia is a humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics. She is invented to learn and adapt to human behavior and work with humans. In October 2017, Sophia became a citizen of Saudi Arabia and she was the world's first robot to be granted citizenship.

Sofia features artificial intelligence, visual data processing, and facial recognition. Sophia can also imitate human gestures and facial expressions and is able to answer certain questions and conduct simple conversations on predetermined topics such as the weather.

Cool Robots For You

Though the above robots are cool and powerful, they are too expensive for us to afford, or even not for sale. Here are some cool robots for you at home!

1. mBot Ultimate

10-in-1 Robot Building Kit for Students

mBot Ultimate is a 10-in-1 robot kit for robotics building, engineering, and programming learning. mBot Ultimate is compatible with Raspberry Pi and Arduino sensors, which allows you to create different projects like driving, picking up objects and shooting balls, and even playing games through mBot Mega. Kids and adults both can have fun with mBot Mega. It is one of the best robotics kits of the Top 10 Programmable Robot Kits for Adults

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Makeblock mBot Ultimate: 10-in-1 Robot Building Kit for Students


2. mBot Ranger

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mBot Ranger has three forms, which are the robot tank, the self-balancing robot, and the racing car. With its wear-resistant tracks, it can conquer all terrains, like flat roads, grassland, gravel, and sandy beaches. Thus, you can explore the great outdoors with peers and family.

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Makeblock mBot Ranger: 3-in-1 Robotics Kit for Building Robots from Scratch


3. mBot Mega

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Wanna try a vehicle robot and a spider robot at the same time? mBot Mega is a great choice for you. mBot Mega is a mechanical robot car with mecanum wheels for all directional movement. You can code it to achieve robot dancing, obstacle detection, line following, and gesture recognition, for endless fun. You can even build it into a spider robot and control it with a remote controller by following this tutorial: # How to code a spider robot (four-legged)

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Makeblock mBot Mega: Smart Remote Control Robot Car for Kids to Learn through Play