Robots in everyday life: couriers, assistants, friends

Progress is moving towards the Internet of Things and the robotization of life processes

seven years ago, the idea of delivering pizza using drones seemed too futuristic, but today it will not surprise anyone. So, in the cities of Russia — Moscow and Innopolis, food is delivered with the help of Rovers-robot couriers. Despite the fact that the technologies are at the testing stage, they already look like part of a normal human life.

More and more robots are being introduced into the work of industrial companies: they are much better at performing mechanical work. They will not get tired of daily rounds of sites, photographing objects or sending collected materials. For example, robots from Boston Dynamics. The technical characteristics of their Spot are impressive: 12 electric drives in the paws, operation at temperatures of -20°C to 45°C, a four-meter viewing range. Yellow four-legged robots were created to perform routine tasks, so you will not be able to tame them (only continue to post videos of their training with superimposed voice acting).
Other high technologies are used in the field of education: artificial intelligence helps people build individual development trajectories, learn skills and become better. Let’s say a person has a goal — to run a half marathon. To do this, you need not only equipment, but also a training plan that takes into account the initial data and evenly distributes the load. Today, to achieve this goal, you do not always need an individual trainer — just an application or program with built-in machine learning that will track your progress and make training plans.
One of the unusual areas of development of robotics is the creation of”pets”. They, unlike other robots, are sharpened not to perform mechanical tasks, but to communicate with the owner and perform his commands and tasks. For example, the UNI3 robot dog remembers its owner thanks to the built-in cameras and follows him. She can move in sync and perform tricks, jog along with him and shoot it on video.
Making contact with a person is one of the key functions of UNI3 models, despite the impressive technical characteristics. There are Real Sense technologies in the camera, and the ability to build 3D maps of the area, and force sensors in the paws. But it all comes with the skill of following a person and the ability to recognize their gestures.
Nevertheless, it is worth paying attention to this area — while robots are just learning human feelings, but it seems that the appearance of Joy is not far off, as in “Blade Runner 2049”.

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