Machines on display at World Robot Conference in China can fly, swim and even do brain surgery
Cutting-edge robots are on display at the 2019 World Robot Conference in Beijing, running from August 20 to 25, are expected to attract nearly 200 guests from 22 countries.
The conference features a series of exhibition areas for new robotic technologies and products - including medical, multi-legged, and smart logistics - as well as four contests with an anticipated 4,500 professional participants.
Over 700 robots specialising with more than 21 industrial applications will be exhibited between now and the close of the conference.
Among those exhibiting will be HRG Robotics, whose, president Wang Meng, said: 'We will be showcasing a string of successful companies which have got off the ground through the help of HRG, alongside our representative products at WRC 2019, as we aim to form new partnerships with companies around the world.'
Also on display will be SmartBird, created by German firm Festo, whose design was inspired by the herring gull and whose flight mimics that of the bird.
The ultralight flying drone was created with the best aerodynamics and maximum agility in mind and it is able to take off, fly and land under its own power.
Forward propulsion and lift are generated entirely by the beating of the SmartBird's wings, which consumes just 23 watts of power - up to half of the power used by some laptops - even though the SmartBird weighs around 450 grams and has a wingspan of two metres.
Measurements have revealed electromechanical efficiency of up to 45 per cent and aerodynamic efficiency of 80 per cent.
SmartBird can fly for approximately 20 minutes on a standard rechargeable lithium battery, thanks to its low energy consumption.
Another robot on display will be Laikago, China's answer to US robotic firm Boston Dynamic's 'robo-dog' Spot.
'Laikago' is named after Laika, the first-ever animal that was launched into orbit in 1957. It is 0.56 metres (22 inches) long, 0.35 metres (13.7 inches) wide and 0.6 metres (23.6 inches) tall and can be folded into a suitcase.
It weighs 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) and can run for two to three hours after it's fully charged.
Unitree Robotics unveiled the company's 'Laikago', or 'Laika Dog', on October 16, 2017, after having spent one year creating the machine.
The small firm is led by Wang Xingxing, who has had a great interest in robots since childhood.
Boston Dynamics has previously developed two dog-like robots, called 'Big Dog' and 'Spot', the latter of which looks eerily similar to those featured in an episode of the sci-fi series Black Mirror, where mechanised creatures hunt humans in a post-apocalyptic future.
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N Nunez, AllAMCity, United States, 18 hours ago
Tecnology stolen from the USA (thanks Hillary) and looks like some from Japan and other countries too...China can only copy manufacture, they have never had an original idea since Marco Polo
Matthew_II, Chelmsford, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
Lmao, almost everything that is engineered and manufactured in the USA is sub-standard.
slickvirk, LA, United States, 16 hours ago
Why does everything look like a knockoff?
Sam, Maidenhead, 1 hour ago
Hmm, I wonder...
James, Surrey, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
And probably not a single British company there.
FlyOverStateGOP, MidWest, United States, 12 hours ago
the robots are still going to end up killing us all.
Comment Sense79, London, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
So what are people for Anymore? When we are all unemployed, brain dead fat and lazy what then.
The Red Empire, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Stars wars reality gets closer and closer
backinthesaddleagain, USA, United States, 13 hours ago
Imagine that robotic surgeon getting hacked while operating on your brain....
OneMildlyMiffedMan, Bristol, United Kingdom, 19 hours ago
This technology is awe-inspiring
Jimmie88, Coarsegold, 14 hours ago
isnt that great soon humans will never have go get out of bed.they can strap a Virtual Reality head set on at birth and robots will take care of everything after that.wonerful people will have no life to complain about
Rarkar, Winchester, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
They probably have little people inside pulling levers.
Roaring Aardvark, Indiana, United States, 11 hours ago
They might fly. They might swim. But can they sing like Neil Sedaka??
Machismo, Minnapolis, 14 hours ago
And what is the point of replacing people with Robots? Do I hear greed? Cheap, Cheap, Cheap, Cheap! What we need Robots for are not the safe jobs people can do but the dangerous ones like nuclear disaster recovery, Wars, riot control, dangerous construction work, Mars missions, ect.....
Jason Chapman, Abergavenny, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
I for one welcome our new robot overlords.
Big Sausages, Ashford , United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
Prunaprismia, Melbourne, Australia, 18 hours ago
SurfnSand, Sydney, Australia, 9 hours ago
If they can do house cleaning and chores I might be interested in getting one
E2WiseWords, London, United Kingdom, 15 hours ago
Smartbird is probably for spying
Nerd44, Bath, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago
They still all look a bit rubbish. When will we get a proper robot butler?