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Robots have always taken us by storm. But what happens when robotics meets artificial intelligence?

In the field of robotics, innovations and developments are taking place constantly. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most popular areas and has caught the fancy of not only scientists, but the common man as well. According to computer scientist, John McCarthy, “AI is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs.” A robot which has artificial intelligence can behave like a human being and learn from its surroundings, like the robot Baymax, in the movie, Big Hero 6. Here are some popular real-life robots that use AI.

ASIMO

Designed by Honda, it is one of the most popular humanoid robots and also has its own show in Disneyland. It is four-foot-three-inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. ASIMO can run at a speed of around 6.5 km/hr. The present ASIMO, that is the result of two decades of research by Honda engineers, can jump, bounce on one leg, walk on uneven slopes and surfaces, play soccer, climb stairs, comprehend and respond to simple voice commands, recognise faces of a select group of individuals, map its environment and register stationary objects.

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Designed by the South Korea-based company Robotis, this robot is 45.5 cm tall and walks at a speed of 24cms per second. The Open Platform Humanoid Robot has been designed for research and higher education. It takes 2.8 seconds to stand up from a lying down position. Packed with a built-in PC, management controller, 20 actuator modules and a self-maintenance kit, it runs on battery. Its abilities include recognising objects with its 2 megapixel HD camera and playing soccer.

iCub

This humanoid robot was built by the Italian Institute of Technology as part of the EU project RobotCub which includes consortium of several European universities. It stands one metre tall and has been shaped as a four-year-old child. It runs on 53 motors that move its head, arms and hands, waist and legs. Its abilities also include crawling on all fours, sitting up, expressing emotions, solving complex 3D mazes, archery, holding small objects and avoiding obstacles.

Update: At the World Drone Prix competition that took place in Dubai last month, a team led by a 15-year-old pilot from England clinched the $2,50,000 first prize.

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