Dr. Paige H. Meeker
What are robots?
According to Wikipedia, the defining characteristics are:
1 is not 'natural', i.e. it is artificially created
2 can sense its environment, and manipulate or interact with things in it
3 has some ability to make choices based on the environment, often using
automatic control or a preprogrammed sequence
4 is programmable
5 moves with one or more axes of rotation or translation
6 makes dexterous coordinated movements
7 moves without human intervention
8 appears to have intent or agency (See anthropomorphism for examples
of ascribing intent to inanimate objects.)
robot is a mechanism
or an artificial entity that can
be guided by automatic controls.
A Brief History of Robots…
exploring hazardous environments ranging from
radioactive sites, volcanoes, finding and destroying
mines, military surveillance, etc.
Planetary Rover Robots
Toys and Entertainment
Robots and Computing
robot almost always
implies that there is a computer involved.
In the process of learning about and playing with
robots you will also uncover the world of computers.
Computer speak to our robots via a wireless
communication technology called
control the computer, control the robot!
Robots and Computing
How do you control the computer?
(Using a programming language)
A modern programming language that’s easy to learn
In addition to Python, we will use a library called
” (for “my robot”) that was written in order to
make programming the robot a little easier.
What are some
robots you’ve heard
Medical and Surgical Robots
Vinci Surgical System
Vinci Surgical System
Primarily used in
cardiac valve repair and
gynecologic surgical procedures
Made up of four robotic arms.
Three of those arms hold tools. The
fourth has a camera with two
lenses that allow the surgeon full
It is designed for radio surgery
It produces radiation from a
small linear particle
Has a robotic arm which
allows its energy to be aimed
at any part of the body from
Remote Presence (RP6) Robots
Medical experts examine patients from anywhere in the
Used for diagnosis, surgical teaching, videoconferencing
Dr. can view patient, ask questions, read patient records,
rays and test results from their computer
Allows immediate access to medical specialists
Bump and vision sensors
Vacuum Cleaning Robots
iRobot: “Life happens in busy homes. Stay ahead of messy
floors with the touch of a button! Smart and efficient
iRobot Roomba lifts an amazing amount of dirt, dust, pet
hair, cat litter, crumbs and other debris from your carpets
and hard floors.”
Powerful suction and rotating brushes
Automatically navigates for best cleaning coverage
Cleans under and around furniture, into corners and
along wall edges
adjusts from carpets to hard floors and back again
Automatically avoids stairs, drop
offs and off
Simple to use
just press the Clean button and Roomba
does the rest
Floor Washing Robot
Preps, washes, scrubs and squeegees sealed hardwood,
tile and linoleum floors
Knows where to clean and avoids rugs, carpets and cliffs
Cleans beneath cabinet edges, tables, chairs and other
Washes floors with only clean solution and deposits
grime into the dirty water tank
Patented cleaning system covers each area of the floor an
average of 5 times
Shop Sweeping Robot
nails cleaning tactics pick up woodchips, nuts, bolts, leaves
and rugged debris
Sweeps patios, workshops, garages, basements and other industrial
Cleans under workbenches, cars, and hard
reach places while
avoiding stairs and drop
Rotating Brushes are specially designed for rough
Large, oversized dirt bin holds an amazing amount of debris
it out to empty
Pool Cleaning Robot
contained cleaning and filter system reduces pool
filtration run time
Improves pool water chemical mix and temperature
Removes leaves, hair, sand, dust, debris, algae, bacteria and
particles as small as 2 microns
Mesh filter bag captures large debris such as leaves and
Fine filter bag captures fine particles such as algae, bacteria
No installation, no hoses, no booster pumps
just drop it
in and let it go!
Gutter Cleaning Robot
Avoid climbing and repositioning the ladder multiple times
Works with standard K
style, aluminum, copper, metal or vinyl gutters
Avoid over reaching into gutters from dangerous heights
Cleans a 60
foot section of gutter in just 10 minutes
Virtual Visiting Robot
Participate in family moments even though you're working late
On a business trip? Read your kids a story and see their faces light up
Join the fun from near or far
Throw a party from a thousand miles away
Tell Fido he's a "good boy" even while you're on vacation
Robot Lawn Mower
Automatic lawnmower that cuts the grass all by itself
Leaves its base station at the pre
set scheduled days and times. At the
end of each operation Robomow returns to the Base Station for
charging until the next scheduled operation.
Your lawn will be maintained even when you are away from home!
Military and Tactical Robots
A military robot built for urban
The robot has four wheels, is 15 inches
long, less than a foot wide, and 5
inches in height.
very rugged, and can be thrown over
fences, up or down stairwells, and from
a moving vehicle at 45 miles per hour.
designed for areas too dangerous or
inaccessible for human soldiers.
Main use is to relay information such
as pictures back to the soldier.
TALON robot is a small, tracked
military robot designed for
missions ranging from
reconnaissance to combat.
one of the fastest robots in the
market, one that can travel through
sand, water, and snow (up to 100
feet deep) as well as climb stairs.
Grenade launcher, machine gun,
and rifle can be placed on this
Roughly the size of a small
bulldozer and weighing 2.25 tons,
ACER is among the larger of the
terrestrial military robots.
Reaches speeds of up to 6.3 mph.
Uses for this robot include clearing
obstacles, removing explosives,
hauling cargo and disabled
vehicles, and serving as a platform
for various other tasks, such as
clearing buildings and disarming
Runs on a diesel engine
smaller and lighter than the
TALON, weighing in at about 40
Controlled by a Pentium processor
that has been designed specially to
withstand rough treatment,
has a GPS system, an
electronic compass and
temperature sensors built in.
can withstand a 6
foot drop onto
Main use is to find out where
enemy is hiding, but also searches
for bombs and other dangers.
A, Spirit and MER
Mars Exploration Rover
Two rovers, sent three weeks apart.
Landed on Mars 1/4/04
Was supposed to last only 90 days; has lasted over 4 years.
Sends back extensive geological analysis of Martian rocks and
planetary surface features.
R2D2 and C3P0
Telemarketing Robots (
Etc, etc, etc!