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Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Trends in Robotics Technology

Robotics technology, like many fields of technology, is a rapidly evolving field with frequent innovations. Because there are so many ways that robotics can be used, from imitating humans, to toys, to streamlining factories. Trends vary from year to year and rapidly develop. Here are some of the most current trends in our field:

Future of Robotics Technology

OWI, like the best robotics companies, now incorporate sustainability into our newer models. As opposed to disposable batteries or wall chargers, many newer models of robots are powered by solar power or by fuel cells, both of which can run indefinitely and use renewable resources. Because robotics tend to be on a smaller scale than mots machines, it is possible to use technologies which are not yet in wide use for full-scale machinery. For children, the presence of such features in their toys provides a fun lesson in environmentalism, incorporating sustainability into their everyday life and play.

Solar powered robots are able to run wherever there is sunlight, and some store this excess energy collected for later use.

Our fuel cell robot can run on salt water alone, utilizing electrochemical fuel cell technology which is not yet generally used in cars or factories. A fuel cell is an electrochemical cell that converts energy from a fuel into electrical energy. Fuel cells can operate continuously as long as the necessary reactant and oxidant flows are maintained. In this cell, magnesium is the anode, the porous carbon sheet (air) is the cathode, and saltwater is the electrolyte. This is known as an air-depolarizing type of battery. During chemical reactions, alkaline earth metals (magnesium) lose two electrons. Elementary halogens such as chlorine, which can be found in ordinary table salt (NaCl), are also relatively reactive. Unlike the alkaline earth metals, the halogens tend to gain electrons. These are known as oxidizing agents because they remove electrons from other elements. 

The saltwater slowly dissolves the magnesium sheet to produce hydrogen ions that migrate to the carbon cathode, thus creating an electrical current. The carbon surface would almost immediately become blocked, or polarized, by the hydrogen except that the carbon is porous. Air diffuses down through the carbon and yields oxygen that combines with the hydrogen to form water, permitting the electrical effect to continue. 


Many people have heard about robots with sensory technology thanks to the popularity of vacuum cleaners which sense themselves around the room, or about prototypes of driverless cars. This same robotics technology is eliminating the necessity of clunky, imprecise remote controls for robotics. many robots and robotic vehicles now come with sensory technology enabling them to navigate corners, walls, and furniture. Others may change course when prompted by the presence of a loud sound.

Robotics from OWI Robot

Toy robots are now often convertible, meaning they are made to be transformed between several different forms with small, simple actions on the part of the owner. This means that one robot can be many toys in one, for example, being able to change from car to boat to windmill. many robots are now able to perform many actions or take many forms, because so much more information can be programmed into them than was possible in the past. 

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  1. It all sounds so scientific to me, but the kids do love the toy robots don't they?

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