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The machines rise: new generation of robots – PHOTOS

06 February 2010 [14:15] - TODAY.AZ
Usually, we get to see all kinds of androids, robots, cyborgs and such in the movies. Naturally, people don’t react to the moving pictures of man-made machines as much as they would, if they saw it for real.

We offer you to take a closer look at the latest generation of machines. Some of them are only made for serving you coffee, others are just an attraction. And some are created to assist the troors in the battlefield.

/NY Daily News/

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Hoping to create safer cars, engineers with the Japanese automobile company Nissan studied the movements of schools of fish and developed robots to mimic their nimble motions.

Honda's humanoid robot "Asimo" bends it like Beckham during a media preview at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2008.

A member of the U.S. Secret Service's uniformed division gets an assist from a robot that was sent to investigate a suspicious package on the White House grounds on March 22, 2006.

Japan's Citizen Watch engineer Yasuji Hirosawa displays the prototype model of thumb sized micro robot "Eco-Be", another RoboCup contender.

Robots fight for the ball during a match of the four-legged league at the RoboCup 2006 in Bremen, Germany. More than 400 teams of scientists from around the world compete in the annual 'World Cup of Robotics", designed to promote the pursuit of artificial intelligence.

A Dexterit, GhostRider Robot, the world first autonomous motorcycle shows it drives worse than a human - as it collapses on the start line during a March 2004 race across the Mojave Desert, California.

On of NASA's robot rovers - a six-wheeled vehicle about the size of a golf cart - was designed to run scientific experiments and geographical mapping on Mars.

The Latest Model of Model: 'Actroid' (r.), a robot model designed by Kokoro, introduces perfumes at a Chiristmas gift promotion at Takashimaya department store in Tokyo.

Relativity Speaking: Korean researchers grafted a human-like robotic head of Albert Einstein from Hanson Robotics to the body of HUBO, a robot body at the 2006 Wired Nextfest.

A woman admires the PaPeRo robot during the taping of a children's television program in Tokyo. No it isn't scanning her legs: the robot was designed to memorize and recognize the faces of up to ten people.

All the Right Moves: A humanoid robot named HRP-2 shows off its Japanese traditional dance moves with a human instructor, Reiko Igarashi, during a demonstration at the Tokyo University.

Is this covered under your health plan? Penelope the Robot Nurse assists doctors at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2005.

A bomb squad robot removes a suspicious object on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck in 2005.

These 'Bots Are Made for Walking: Researchers unveiled these three robots in Feb 2005, in Washington at the national meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. MIT (c.) was billed as a learning, walking robot, while Delta, left, and Cornell, right, are two less advanced walking models.

All that money spent in research and development - all to order a cup of coffee. A previous version of Asimo was programmed to deliver a tray of refreshments.

It's not something out of the Matrix: Japanese scientists introduced a robot that moves to commands sent via human brainwaves.

Toyota robot plays the violin during demonstration. The robot has 17 joints in each hand, which is what made its playing of 'Pomp and Circumstance' as precise as an experienced human violinist.

No, it's not a scene from 'Terminator: Salvation'. Boston Dynamics' Big Dog is designed to be deployed to battlefields and assist U.S. troops by transporting supplies.

A robotic fish, developed by scientists to detect pollution in the open sea, is seen in a tank at the London Aquarium. The carp-shaped robots, which have chemical sensors to detect spills, cost $29,000 apiece, making it still cheaper to bring the kids home a goldfish.

Meet the Future: A man shakes hands with robot 'Berti' - built to mimic human gestures - at the Science Museum in London.

More precise than a human holding a scalpel, the new Da Vinci robot assists with surgery at the Nancy and Frederick DeMatteis Pavilion at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY.

No need for lunch breaks: A receptionist robot, produced by Japan's robot maker Kokoro, demonstrates its ability to make small talk with visitors.

Photos: NY Daily News

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