Robotics in the everyday-Kelly Sechler

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Robots have made it into every aspects of our lives even from when we first wake up in the morning. They are always finding new ways to make life easier for us humans. So we don’t want them taking our jobs but what if you use them to make sure were on time to work. Thats just what the new invention clocky does; he’s a robot alarm clock. He has little wheels that will cause him to run away when the alarm sounds and to turn the alarm off and you have to chase him down to get some peace. Clocky isn’t the only robotic invention that is making it into our daily lives. We can now all go to the local mall and buy everything from a vacuuming robot that will automatically clean your floors and then return to its charger and charge itself to a robotic pet dog to come join your family.

(Side note: Anyone else notice that when talking about clocky I referred to the robot as a he. I did not do this on purpose; it just came out. What does that say about me? What does it say about you if you didn’t notice either?”

When going into our lecture on robotics there was one topic that I was surprised was looked over, animatronics. Disney is one of the leading developers of new robotics who even rivals among top aerospace and medical research companies. Now when I mention Disney you probably think, “What? Those old dinky robots from the Pirates of the Caribbean”. First of all those robots were way before their time and were a sign of Disney’s budding interest in robotics research and development. Second, Disney’s technology has reached far beyond the point of the robots from Pirates. First of all these old animatronics are bolted down with few possible ridged movements. Each require a large room of hydrolics just to run. The new world of animatronics is much different. They have evolved to be free roaming, self balancing, electric, and very smooth. Examples are Lucky the Dinosaur and the Muppet Mobile Lab. They can roam around the park, interact with guests, and then return for maitnence and charging. Maybe the entertainment industry is more invested in robotics than anyone else.

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