DNA robots are about as close to creating nanomachines yet. DNA robots with arms and legs made of DNA can sort and deliver molecular cargo, a new study finds. Such DNA robots could be used to shuffle nanoparticles around on circuits, assemble therapeutic compounds, separate molecular components in trash for recycling, or deliver medicines where they need to go in the body. This “robot,” made of a single strand of DNA, can autonomously “walk” around a surface, pick up certain molecules and drop them off in designated locations. This robot is a game changer especially for in the area of health and medicine. This year, researchers hope that tiny robots built entirely of DNA will help save a critically ill leukemia patient. These DNA nanobots are designed to seek out and destroy cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unscathed. So far, they’ve only been tested in cell cultures and animal studies.
There are many scientist that believe that robots wont take us over. They believe the more possible future is that humans either merge with robots and technology or becomes robots all together. Scientist have finally begun to scratch the surface of creating terminators. Biohybrid robots are the joining of organic and inorganic materials. By combining robotics with tissue engineering, scientist’s are starting to build robots powered by living muscle tissue or cells. These devices can be stimulated electrically or with light to make the cells contract to bend their skeletons, causing the robot to swim or crawl. The resulting biobots can move around and are soft like animals. So we’re probably about about a few decades away from creating an army of T800’s.
NASA’s R5 aka Valkyrie was designed and built by the Johnson Space Center Engineering Directorate to compete in the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. Cameras and sensors abound on Valkyrie — in addition to a MultiSense SL camera on her head, which combines laser, 3D stereo, and video to get a sense of the environment around her, additional “hazard cameras” look ahead and behind from her torso. On each three-fingered hand, 38 sensors help maintain dexterity. Numerous small actuators control the robot’s 44 degrees of freedom, including seven-jointed arms. The brains of the robot are two Intel Core i7 computers, which combine the sensors’ input and determine the best course of action.
No list about advanced robots would ever be complete with out mentioning Hondas Asimo. Introduced way back in 2000 Asimo has improved every year it is now beginning to show its age.. This little guy has inspired current and future roboticist for nearly two decades and Honda is currently working on its big brother. The new Asimo will be a lot more bigger and a lot more durable as it is being designed as a rescue and clean up robot. The idea during the Fukushima crisis in Japan, the lack of Japanese robots that were available to help out was notable. There was some question as to why Honda didn’t just send ASIMO. Well the little guy wouldn’t have been able to handle the extremes of the environment but his big brother certainly can. The researchers report that they’ve been focused on complex tasks such as gait transitions and ladder climbing. It was nice seeing that their ASIMO-based experimental humanoid is already doing some very impressive things.
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