Controlling a robot in a confined area is easy enough but may still hold some surprises and unexpected twists. Letting a robot move in the real world is a lot trickier as there will be some obstacles that need to be overcome to accomplish it. The first obstacle is providing a working locomotion system. Choices may range from wheels and tracks for smooth ground or a rougher terrain if they are big enough, to legs that are more adaptable and is a natural exercise in biological research.

Mobile robots should have their own built-in balance system that would tell the computer when movements need to be corrected. Walking on two legs is inherently unstable thus robot designers would commonly look to the animal world for inspiration.

Forced Labor of Robots

March 19th, 2011

Majority of the robots found all over the world are designed specifically for heavy, repetitive manufacturing work. Tasks that are difficult, dangerous or simply boring to human beings are also assigned to them. The word robot that originated from the Czech word “robota” means “forced labor,” which is generally how robots are put into work. The most common manufacturing robot is the robotic arm.

Industrial robots are designed to do exactly the same thing over and over again in a controlled environment. They can usually be seen in assembly lines performing tasks such as twisting caps onto jars, putting cars together or transferring objects from one place to another. A robot is taught its job by a programmer that guides the arm through the motions using a handheld controller.

Making Robots Move

February 27th, 2011

Almost all robots have movable bodies. While some only have motorized wheels, others have dozens of movable segments that are typically made of metal or plastic. Individual segments are connected together with joints very much like that of bones in the human body.

With the use of some sort of actuator, robots are able to spin wheels and pivot jointed segments. Actuators can either be electric motors, solenoids, hydraulic system or a pneumatic system which is driven by compressed gases. A single robot can use all these actuator types. The power source which can either be direct plugging into the wall outlet or a battery will drive the actuators that are all wired to an electric current. It is the computer that controls everything attached to the circuit.

No Longer Taboo

January 8th, 2009

There are many things that were once considered taboo, and are now widely acceptable. One example of such a phenomenon is plastic surgery. Now, even teenagers are having procedures done, with the consent of their parents of course. Many procedures are done solely in order to improve one’s appearance while others have a double purpose, one being to approve the appearance and the second being a medical need. Other procedures are done only because of medical reasons. Rhynoplasty surgeries are one of the most common types of plastic surgery. Known by many as a nose job, this surgery is often conducted because of respiratory problems often caused by a deviated septum. Once the surgery is being done, patients sometimes decide to change their nose cosmetically as well.

Breast augmentation is usually a cosmetic issue but it can sometimes have to do with health issues as well. Breast reductions are sought after many times because of the strain the breasts have on one’s back. An example of a procedure that is done mostly for the medical benefit of the patient is vaginal surgery. Women who have had children and who wish to improve the quality of their life once again can do so by undergoing vaginal reconstruction. deals with a wide range of plastic surgery that will not only leave one looking the way they want, but feeling that way too.

The Concept of Robotics

December 28th, 2007

On the physical level, human beings are essentially made up of five major components: a body structure, a muscle system, a sensory system, a power source and a brain system. A typical robot has more or less the same components. Most robots that have been developed are man-made versions of human and animal life as they are made to replicate human and animal behavior

People who build robots define robots as reprogrammable brains or a computer that moves a body. They are distinct from other movable machines such as cars due to their computer element. They are also different from ordinary computers in their physical nature as normal computers don’t have physical bodies attached to them.

It would take the recreation of the human thought process to provide artificial intelligence to a robot. The possibility of providing this attribute to a robot has been the subject of much controversy as there is no clear consensus as to whether a robot can be made to be intelligent,

Intelligence would include the ability to learn about anything, the ability to reason, the ability to use language and the ability to formulate original ideas. At present, artificial intelligence machines can only replicate some specific elements of intellectual ability. Computers have the ability to solve problems which it is programmed to solve and not because of any generalized analytical ability.