Special Report

100 Years of Robots: How Technology - And Our Lives - Have Changed

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46. Pitch-R
> Year: 2018
> Made by: Nissan

This robot can paint lines on a soccer pitch using Nissan ProPilot technology, GPS tracking system, and four cameras. Lines can be painted on grass, tarmac, or gravel and are environmentally friendly, meaning they will fade away over time.

Source: Courtesy of MIT News Office, photo by Bryce Vickmark

47. Mini Cheetah
> Year: 2019
> Made by: MIT

Developed at MIT, the quadruped robot can traverse terrain without having to map it in advance. The control system is split into two — one that processes real-time input from a video camera attached to the front of the robot and another system that translates the data into instructions for how the robot should move its body.

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48. Guardian XO
> Year: 2020
> Made by: Sarcos

Sarcos, the makers of Guardian XO, a full-body exoskeleton, tout it as the first battery-powered industrial robot, fusing human intelligence with machine precision. The exoskeleton is billed as a transformative way to do work by boosting the strength of its operator while reducing injuries on the job.

49. Perseverance
> Year: 2020
> Made by: NASA

NASA’s Perseverance rover was launched on July 30, 2020, and sent to Mars to look for signs of life on the red planet and collect samples of rocks and broken soil. The rover is 10 feet long, 9 feet wide, 7 feet tall and weighs 2,260 pounds.

50. Xenobots
> Year: 2021
> Made by: Tufts University and the University of Vermont

Xenobots are small biological machines, or living robots, created from frog cells by biologists and computer scientists from Tufts University and University of Vermont. The life forms do not need muscles to move around and are able to work together and heal themselves if they are injured.