Uses of Robotics

Uses as Prosthetics

The field of robotics has given amputees a whole new understanding of prosthetics.  The field of robotics have produced a number of lifelike prosthetic limbs, such as arms, below-knee and above-knee legs, and functioning hands.  Technologies such as bluetooth, microprocessors, myoelectrics, and targeted muscle reinnervation have made these advances possible.  Bluetooth technology allows the devices to regulate stride, pressure, and speed of the prosthetic as it is being used.  Microprocessor knees allow the user to have greater control over walking, stopping, and moving on inclines by monitoring the appropriate joint resistance while in motion.  Myoelectric prosthetics are operated by placing muscle sensors against the skin at the site of the amputation, using the electric signals generated by the muscles to control the processor within the prosthetic limb.  Targeted muscle reinnervation involves direct connections to the nerves that carry the electric signal straight to the prosthetic processor, delivering accurate muscle system reaction, though most recipients of these limbs are still in the early stages of control and use of the prosthetic's ability.


Uses in the Military

While robots are not currently fighting our wars for us, they are serving many useful purposes in them.  Unmanned vehicles are a high priority throughout many of the militaries operations.  UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Reconnaissance is used every day by the military to carry out recon assignments over enemy territories, aiding in planning and surveillance for future missions.  There are violent robots used in the military as well.  Assault drones are remotely controlled by soldiers, allowing for access to the battlefield, without the risk of casualty.  These drones can carry automatic machine guns and grenade launchers as well as use robotic arms to enter closed areas and employ the use of a constant camera feed to relay sight back to user.


Uses in Space Exploration

Space programs have recently began to take full advantage of robotics in the study of outer space.  Robots such as the Mars Rover have made the exploration of distant planets a reality for space engineers and scientists.  Robots such as the Mars Rover gather data such as temperature, moisture content, gravitational pull as well as gather samples of rocks, ice, and other materials.  The robots used by space programs offer a much safer and more practical solution to sending humans on the same missions.