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Robotics is one of the fastest-advancing and growing industries, with new developments occurring practically every year. In this article, we describe some of the most advanced robots in the world.

SpotMini

A new version of SpotMini was released recently, which can deal with all types of terrain and considered to be the best in its class. It can walk, run, climb rocks and stairs without a problem. It can also move backwards and get up if it falls. According to developers, its size makes it perfect for office or home use. It was conceived for search and rescue missions, to be sent where it wouldn’t be reasonable to send a human being.

HRP 4

HRP 4 is the brainchild of Kawada Industries Inc. and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, a life-size robot intended to serve R&D purposes. Its body is slimmer and lighter than those of earlier versions. It can handle various objects thanks to the high degree of freedom in both arms. It can also respond to commands, stand on one leg, take pictures and even pour drinks.

Asimo – Honda

The carmaker started working on Asimo over three decades ago, releasing the first version in 2000. It has advanced greatly since. It can strike a pose, recognize moving objects, and understand sounds, which means it can tell the difference between different voices. Japan is very advanced in robotics because the country’s aging population is becoming a major problem. Developers are constantly working on robots that will be able to talk to the elderly, which can recall past conversations with them.

Atlas

Boston Dynamics debuted Atlas in 2013 and has upgraded it a few times since. The latest version can operate indoors or outdoors and can navigate most types of terrain. The sensors in its head keep it from bumping into obstacles. It can handle and manipulate moving objects. It can get up again if it falls down. It can also do a backflip and a 180 degree turn mid-air.

Valkyrie

Our last pick, which is considered to be a robot for space, might be the first step towards populating the Red Planet. Initially, NASA only made four robots. It sent three to Northeastern University in Chicago, MIT, and the University of Edinburgh and kept one for its own research. The universities are working on higher capabilities as NASA developed all the hardware.