16 June 2014 20:45
Rise of the robots

Robots being developed and used to assist humans around the world

Rise of the machines (© EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON)
  • Rise of the machines (© EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON)
  • An unidentified LS3 team member shoves an LS 3 (Legged Squad Support System) robot that was galloping off course, back on track. (© Reuters: Andrew Innerarity)
  • Andoroid Repliee Q2, left, faces graduate student Motoko Noma at an exhibition (© Reuters: Kiyoshi Ota)
  • Boston Dynamics' Atlas, a high-mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate rough terrain, takes on an irregular surface (© Reuters: Andrew Innerarity)
  • A flying sushi service tray known as the "itray". (© Reuters: Neil Hall)
  • The four-meter-high, limited edition, made-to-order robot is controlled through a pilot in its cockpit, or via a smartphone. (© Reuters: Kim Kyung-Hoon)
  • A man looks at the HRP-4C Miim humanoid robot (© Reuters: Toru Hanai)
  • Toyota Motor Corp's partner robots play instruments at the company's showroom in Tokyo May 4, 2008. (© Reuters: Toru Hanai)
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SoftBank CEO and chairman Masayoshi Son interacts with humanoid robot "Pepper" during its unveiling at a press event held near Tokyo in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture, Japan on June 5, 2014. Capable of interacting through emotions and body langage, Pepper is described by the developers as the "world's first personal robot that reads emotions." It will be on sale starting in February 2015 for a base price of US$1,930 (S$2,400). The robot was developed in collaboration with French company Aldebaran Robotics.

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