Robots Facts

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There is a German engineering company called Festo that develops underwater swimming robots that use a "fluidic muscle" to mimic the movements of animals. They have working versions of a penguin, a ray, a gull, and a flying manta ray blimp.

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With surgical accuracy, robots can now debone a chicken.

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A giant four-legged robot was built by the U.S. Army in 1969. It could lift a jeep and walk 5 MPH, called the "walking vehicle," but it never saw field use because after just 15 minutes, the operator who managed each limb of robot would become exhausted.

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In 2009, "Adam became the first computer in history to discover new scientific insights independently of its human creators," there is a "Robot Scientist" called Adam.

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In a 1920 play, the word "robot" was first used and was derived from the Slavic term for "slave labour."

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The word "Android" only applies to a male-looking robot, the correct term is "Gynoid" for one that looks like a female.

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In Japan, there is a hotel run by robots. The animatronic velociraptor is the check-in desk.

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The robot cop is called URL (pronounced Earl) in Futurama.

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A watchmaker invented a robot about 243 years ago that could write, and the parts could be exchanged to say whatever you want.

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Leonardo da Vinci developed designs for a "mechanised knight," a robot-like development that relies on a pulley system. The design performed well when these plans were found almost 500 years later and designed according to Leonardo 's specifications.

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