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                                                         A Dragon Runner Robot moves through the desert.
   Photo: Steve Dock/MOD [OGL v1.0 (http://NationalArchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)]

Robotic Movements

Today’s robots have the ability to complete many complicated tasks, such as the Dragon Runner Robot. This robot uses many operations and movements to find and remove dangerous items to keep people safe.

Robots didn’t start out being able to carry out complicated programs. The very first robot, the Unimate, was created by General Motors to work in a factory in 1961. It was programmed to complete very simple movements, like moving forward and backward, in order to move pieces of hot metal on an assembly line.

Over time, engineers have developed robots to be able to complete tasks that benefit humans in many ways. These advancements have led robots to become widely used in our communities.

They are many benefits for using robots:

  • They are capable of lifting heavy loads without injury.

  • They are more precise in their movements.

  • They can produce more products in a shorter amount of time.

  • They can work at a constant speed with no breaks.

  • They can perform tasks that are dangerous to humans.

  • They can work in hazardous conditions, such as poor lighting, toxic chemicals, or tight spaces.