Humans do not need routines. At home or work, we have to make a step back and take a look at intelligent machines because the technological progress is ongoing. At some point, we have to order a cup of coffee from a robot or to put it to handle several other tasks that were once compatible with humans.
By 2017, only in the U.S. are needed more than 255,000 jobs in food services, home health and care aides, and retail salespeople. The robots presented below prove that they surpassed humans in some things like preparing a tea or as a robot butler.
In this article, I explore ten robots that leave the usual patterns of already existing household or industrial robots. These intelligent machines are designed to do something better than humans in a particular task.
Home Exploring Robot Butler
The HERB (Home Exploring Robot Butler) is designed in the labs of Carnegie Mellon with the aim of delivering all the needs of personal care aides. It has two arms, many sensors, and a simple wheeled platform equipped with batteries and big wheels to pass over the small obstacles from home or outside the home. With wages around $10 per hour, it is hard to find good candidates that can prepare simple meals, empty the grocery bag, or deliver objects. Therefore, the HERB is the best option.
Any skilled worker can fail when it’s surrounded by dozens of bottles, but not these two robotic arms. The robotic arms are programmed to draw the liquor from dozen of bottles and adjust the right amount of mixers, ice, lemons or mint.
The robot takes the orders directly from users via tablets located around the bar. No, this is not science fiction. This is the reality.
Robot Themed Restaurant
We are not far away from the point that we will take the dinner in fully automated restaurants. The robots are ready to take our order, prepare the food and deliver the plates.
In 2012, only two years ago, the first restaurant with 20 robots able to cook meals, deliver dishes and greet customers opened its doors in China. There was an enormous impact on its customers, and certainly the focus is on the robots that can work closely with humans and less on the food.
Robotic Tea Machine
Each time when I read an article about a new robot, the first question that comes into my mind is that I can build the robot at home. So, why I should buy a robot to prepare my tea when I can build the best robotic tea machine at home?
This robotic tea machine is cheap, simple to build, and can prepare a tea in less than 2 minutes. It is quicker than you are and leaves you to sleep in every morning at least two minutes more. The robotic arm can take the tea bag, wait 1 minute and 20 seconds until the cup is full, and then put a drinking straw.
Barista Coffee Robot
Please don’t call this robot a vending machine. If you compare the Briggo robot with any coffee vending machine, it is like comparing a Ferrari with any family car.
The Briggo Coffee Haus is the best robot programmed to memorize your order, prepare the coffee, and never misspell your name. The first option to place the order is to use the built-in touch screen and the large variety of flavor options. The second option to order a coffee is to use a smartphone application to order a coffee and receive the message when the coffee is ready.
Robot Sales Assistants
How many times have you entered in a store and feel like you are not going anywhere? From now on, the OSHbots is the robot that can speak to you in your language, identify and locate the product in the store.
The robot is fully autonomous, and it can avoid obstacles using maps and 3D vision system. The 3D scanner can identify an object for a customer, provide information about products, and let you know about store promotions.
The robots are engineered to solve human problems and cleaning is one of these. Not cleaning the house, this is another subject; it is about cleaning the floors of office buildings.
The Japanese cleaning machinery is a robot programmed to work autonomously, and even more, it can go from floor to floor by taking the elevator. In this way, the same robot can clean floor by floor all the offices efficiently and with minimum costs.
Baxter for Repetitive Tasks
Baxter is part of a new class of robots. It is a robot designed for industrial tasks, but in the same time, it can be used to work along humans in restaurants or anywhere else is needed a two armed robot.
Its main task is to perform repetitive manual tasks, which is something similar to industrial robots. But it is different from many ways. The Baxter can perceive humans around it and avoid injuring them. It has two strong arms with force-feedback technology to feel the collision with a human or another bot near it.
Another important feature is the programming system. The robot learns a new task by simply repeating the actions of a human.
Robotic Fruit Picking Project
What have in common the seasonal jobs with robots? Until now nothing, but starting with this fruit picking robot, the agricultural environment will be changed. The repetitive and seasonal work in agriculture is a maximum effort for a short period of time. The objective of the fruit picking robot is to develop new cheap machineries with adaptable bodies and suited to agricultural tasks.
Even the robot is not used on a large scale, the robot can pick various fruit and vegetable crops. Pushing ahead the hardware and software systems, the next version will be prepared for a full-speed work.
We should don’t fear of innovation, and we should don’t fear that the robots will replace the human jobs. For dangerous jobs, the robots come as the best solution to replace humans in jobs like keeping the security for a warehouse, office, factory, and more.
The rise of the security guards is once with the K5 robot designed to monitor night and day corporate and college campuses, shopping malls, and schools.