Real Jobs for Real Robots

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Real Jobs for Real Robots

It’s quite possible someday soon that robots may deliver food to your table in a restaurant or gather up your laundry and bring it to the laundry room – that is if some of the machines featured in this slideshow make it out of the research labs and into the real world. Here we take a look at 18 robots that are already functioning in a variety of real life jobs.

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Database server

Xiaodu, an artificial intelligent robot developed by Baidu, has access to the company's search engine database and can respond to voice commands.

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Restaurateurs

Robot couple Xiaolan (L) and Xiaotao carry trays of food at a restaurant in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China. The restaurant has two robots delivering food for customers.

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Laundrybot?

A humanoid robot, jointly developed by University of Tokyo and Japan's public research organization Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, lifts up a basket filled with coral sand weighing around 30 kg (66 pounds).

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Moneybot

A humanoid robot works side by side with employees in the assembly line at a factory of Glory Ltd., a manufacturer of automatic change dispensers.

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Copbot

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton were briefed on Emergency Service Unit Equipment involving a robot (manufacturer name is RemoTech F6B) at New York City Police

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Admin helper

A Baxter robot of Rethink Robotics picks up a business card as it performs during a display at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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Receptionist

A kimono-clad android robot (L) named Aiko Chihira, developed by Toshiba Corp., sits a at the reception desk of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo. The human shaped robot, originally introduced by Toshiba last year can use sign language and introduce itself.

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Shopperbot

A robot named "Robovie-II" moves around a grocery store in Kyoto. "Robovie-II" is part of an experiment developed by Japanese robotics research institution ATR, to help the elderly with chores.

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Set ‘em up Joebot

Humanoid robot bartender "Carl" gestures to guests at the Robots Bar and Lounge in the eastern German town of Ilmenau. Carl", developed and built by mechatronics engineer Ben Schaefer who runs a company for humanoid robots, prepares spirits for the mixing of cocktails and is able to interact with customers in small conversations.

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More cooks in the kitchen

A robot in the Robotic Kitchen prototype created by Moley Robotics cooks a crab soup at the company's booth at the world's largest industrial technology fair, the Hannover Messe.

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Sawbonesbot

A doctor operates on a patient with a surgical robot.

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Faux Swan

A researcher retrieves a NUSwan (New Smart Water Assessment Network) autonomous watercraft that is disguised as a swan to monitor water quality at a reservoir in Singapore. The robot swans, developed by a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore's Environmental Research Institute, blend into the environment, using GPS to navigate their way in a water body to test water quality and watch for pollutants.

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Another salesperson

SoftBank Corp's human-like robot named "Pepper" gestures as it introduces Nestle's coffee machines at an electric shop in Tokyo. Nestle SA started to use robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan.

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Trained police helper

A robot, used by the German federal police, is seen in action during a security drill at Schoenefeld airport near Berlin, Germany.

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HAL?

A student (L) and an instructor look at a computer as they demonstrate using a headset to control robots with her mind, at the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Information Engineering University, in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China. The robots can be controlled through the headset to go different directions, turn their heads and pick up objects.

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Manufacturing helper

The Jet Propulsion Lab team's RoboSimian robot turns on a valve at a simulated disaster-response course during day one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge.

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Just silly

A boy rides on a snow wagon towed by a robot dressed as a Teddy bear, which only moves forward by moving its legs.

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Amazon robots at work

Robots move products at an Amazon Fulfilment Center in Tracy, California.

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