Decades ago, science fiction films and cartoons often depicted a future filled with robots. In cinema and literature, space age robots have been introduced that can take care of most everyday tasks. Some shows have painted a much bleaker picture of a future in which robots will rule the world and humans will be at their mercy. Fortunately, this scenario did not materialize.
The role of robots in our lives
We are definitely not yet at the level of robotic automation predicted by our ancestors. However, robots have become an important part of the world we now live in. Large robots fill factories around the world, helping to automate processes that used to require human intervention. Tiny robots are helping doctors operate on patients in complex new surgeries. They are able to solve medical problems that used to be fatal.
We even have robots in our homes. Some people have robotic vacuum cleaners that automatically move back and forth across the carpet, picking up cookie crumbs and cat hair. Many people also have robots on their kitchen table that they can talk to. With a simple request, they can hear the current weather, get a chocolate cake recipe, or order a new spatula to flip pancakes.
Japanese robot LW-Monononofu
To get started, watch a video on how the giant machine was created:
But what about those giant robots that look like Transformers heroes? Thanks to Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo, such giant robots can now be closer to reality. Inspired by his childhood favorite anime series “Mobile Warrior Gundam”, Nagumo created his own almost five-ton robot, 9 meters high, which he called LW-Monononofu. He believes that this is the largest robot in the world.
Sitting inside the robot’s cockpit, Nagumo can control the robot’s arms and legs. He can walk, turn and even move his fingers. The air gun on the right hand can also fire sponge balls at about 100 kilometers per hour.
The giant robot took six years to build and is mainly used to advertise Nagumo’s business, which designs agricultural equipment. Unfortunately, the robot was built higher than the doors of its workshop, so it will only be able to leave its limits after dismantling.
Rio Tinto’s AutoHaul Robo Train
However, Gundam is not the only one who claims the title of the world’s largest robot. Mining group Rio Tinto believes its AutoHaul is also up to the mark. The AutoHaul, worth almost one billion dollars, is an autonomous train that transports iron ore across the Australian desert to the coast. But this is not a robot in its classical sense, but rather a train. You can verify this by watching the video:
Interesting selection: The work that robots will do in the future
Will we see more autonomous trains in the future? It would seem that this is easy to do, since the trains are on rails and do not need constant control. The technology already exists to do this, but experts don’t believe that train automation will be cost-effective in the long run. The cost of insuring increased liability and equipping trains and track systems with sensors far outweighs the cost of having one or two drivers operate the trains.