When the world was still young, Nikola Tesla demonstrated a remote-controlled submersible boat at Madison Square Garden. He believed intelligent humanoid robots were conceivable. Though his ideas were initially dismissed, robotics didn’t begin to take off until the mid-twentieth century.
In the following decades, robotics started to integrate into manufacturing and the industries of aerospace, military, and medical care. The entertainment industry also began to incorporate robots into its production.
Devol’s 1954 patent did not contain any prior citations. The Unimate was eventually purchased by General Motors to help with die-casting. The robot would then be used to lift metal parts out of a hot mold and dip them into a cooling liquid. His invention paved the way for robots in modern factories. While Devol and Engelberger didn’t realize it at the time, they did influence robotics today.
Takara’s relationship with Hasbro led to the development of the Transformers toy line. The Transformers were a great hit and introduced the concept of robotics to a whole new audience. Okude’s relationship with Hasbro inspired a new generation of robotics enthusiasts. While he may have partnered with a company called Takara, he was still a very successful inventor. He made robots that walked, talked, and even played music.
In addition to the invention of the robot, a Czech playwright named Karel AOEapek first coined the term “robot.” The play describes the concept of factory slaves produced by machines. The term “robot” was a common part of science fiction in the early 20th century, and even the earliest versions of the word are rooted in mythology. In fact, the word “robot” has been used to describe self-motivated machines since then.
Honda revealed its most advanced humanoid project, ASIMO, in 2000. This robot is capable of walking and running on uneven surfaces. It can also recognize faces, understand voice commands, and interact with its environment. Similarly, the iRobot Roomba was released in 2002, and Sophia, an android developed by the company Honda, was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. It is now known as the world’s first robot.
In 2003, NASA launched robotic rovers to explore the surface of Mars. The first human-like robotic rover, the Sojourner, lasted over three months on the red planet. It gathered scientific data and conducted experiments. Unlike human robots, Sojourner was able to communicate in Japanese and was capable of walking unassisted. Its wireless teach pendant made it much safer to instruct a robotic arm.