World’s Greatest REAL Robots

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Never mind Robbie. Forget R2D2. The age of robots has already begun in earnest. Here are the 11 greatest robots that actually exist. They extend human capability, doing jobs we can’t (or shouldn’t) do. Mostly, because they keep going…and going…
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11. WheeMe

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11. WheeMe

This robot is the first that was designed to give a full-body massage. The wheels grip so it doesn’t fall off.
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10. Aibo The Robot Dog

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10. Aibo The Robot Dog

You’d think a robot dog would be a natural, but Sony put Aibo to sleep when it shut down its robotics line in 2006.
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9. Curiosity Rover

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9. Curiosity Rover

This robot landed on Mars in 2012. It had a two year mission to survey the Martian surface, but it’s still going strong.
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8. Pleo The Robotic Dinosaur

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8. Pleo The Robotic Dinosaur

Pleo still makes a great gift for kids, thanks to its appealing design. It has a rudimentary AI capability that allows it to learn from its experiences.
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7. PackBot

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7. PackBot

Around 800 Packbots were used by the American military in Iraq and Afghanistan to find land mines, search buildings, and clear caves, bunkers and more.
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6. BigDog

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6. BigDog

This 240 lb. robot can carry up to 340 lbs. above its body weight across rough, uneven terrain.
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5. I-Sobot

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5. I-Sobot

At 6.5 inches and 12 ounces, the I-Sobot isn’t just one of the most humanoid robots, but one of the tiniest humanoid robots. It is also the most-produced robot in the world so far.
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4. Stanley

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4. Stanley

This automated car finished the 132 mile DARPA Grand Challenge course in California’s Mohave Desert in 6 hours 54 minutes averaging over 19 mph.
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3. KeepOn

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3. KeepOn

Inexpensive and interactive, KeepOn was designed as a teaching tool/playmate for autistic children.
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2. Schaft

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2. Schaft

Ten times as strong as a human, able to use whatever tools are at hand, this robot is perfect for disaster relief and other tough jobs.
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1. Titan

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1. Titan

The Titan is well-named. It is simply the world’s strongest robot, packing the power of an automobile.
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