Top Seven Extraordinary Robots of 2012

It is always fun to talk about robots. As we are nearing the end of 2012, we have seen many remarkable robots developed this year. A small recap of this years’ extraordinary robots (with video) are brought together for your information:

Cheetah Robot:

DARPA’s Cheetah Robot creates new land-speed robotic record of 28.3 mph for a 20-meter split. The original goal of DARPA is to develop a robot that outruns any human in the world. Now, it has been made possible by Cheetah Robot, which has gone pass the record of Usain Bolt, the Fastest Man on Earth, who set a world human record of 27.78 mph for a 20-meter split in 2009.

Unmanned Wave Glider:

Liquid Robotics has designed four autonomous wave gliders last year. All these robots are steered together across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco. Papu, one of the wave gliders have reached its final destination at the start of this month. It has travelled approx. 16,668 km and sets a new world record for the longest distance travelled by an unmanned ocean boat.

GRASP’s Nano Quadrotors:

Nano Quadrotor is a small-sized robotic flying device developed by Alex Kushleyev, Vijay Kumar, and Daniel Mellinger at the GRASP lab, University of Pennsylvania. The most inspired quality of this robot is its autonomous positioning, balancing, and swarm behavior. It can also produce various moves like formation flight, trajectory planning, and figure-eight pattern. It could be a better device for light construction, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and warfare.


Last week, DARPA published the newly updated video of the LS3. There were numerous exciting changes, which certainly took this quadruped robot to a new level. It is not just the end, the researchers are still working hard to make it more powerful in the battle field. Next year, if we are lucky, we might even get a couple of updated videos of the LS3.

Chiba Robotic Wheelchair:

Chiba Robotic Wheelchair has grasped the attention of many robotics lovers. A team led by Prof. Shuro Nakajima has given a great confidence for physically challenged persons with their new traveling device, which can climb steps and overcome the obstacles on its path. It features several astonishing capabilities, and they are shown briefly in the above video.

Double Robotics:

Double Robotics iPad-faced Robot stands as another great invention of this year with its modern level of video conferencing. Instead of being in a single room, the wheels in the Double moves freely at various places to give you an opportunity to interact with many people. It provides the most realistic way of eye to eye contact. It seems to be the best option to visit your places without traveling there. Watch the above video to know more details about it.

Printable Robots:

The group effort of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University resulted in the development of printable robots. This project could definitely help an ordinary man to build his own programmable robot in a matter of hours if he has little bit knowledge in computer programming. You can check the performance of various printable robots in the above video.

Overall, I hope the above information is useful for each and everyone who gone through this small recap of 2012 extraordinary robots. We like to conclude by wishing you a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year 2013.

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