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Robot applications

In this lesson, we'll explore the many ways that robots are used in various fields and industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare, space exploration, service industries, and the military. By the end of the lesson, we'll have a better understanding of how robots are changing the way we live and work.

Learning Goals Learning Outcomes

1 - Introduction

Robots are everywhere! They're in our factories, hospitals, outer space, and even in our homes. They help us do things faster, safer, and more efficiently.

In this lesson, we're going to dive into the fascinating world of robots and learn about the different ways they're used in various fields and industries. So, buckle up and get ready to explore how robots are changing the world we live in.

2 - Manufacturing and Industrial Applications

Robots are a big part of manufacturing and industrial work. They help to automate tasks, making things faster and more efficient. For example, robots can do things like welding, putting things together (assembly), and painting.

They can even handle dangerous materials that wouldn't be safe for humans. Plus, robots can work all day and all night, which helps to get more work done and save money.

3 - Healthcare Applications

Robots are transforming the healthcare industry in many ways. Let's explore some of the key applications:

  1. Robotic Surgery: Robots like the Da Vinci Surgical System are used to perform complex surgeries. These robots are controlled by surgeons and offer high precision, flexibility and control. They can perform minimally invasive procedures, reducing recovery time for patients.
  2. Rehabilitation Robots: These robots assist in the recovery process of stroke and orthopedic patients. They help patients regain control of their limbs and improve their motor skills.
  3. Telepresence Robots: These robots allow doctors to interact with their patients remotely. They can move around, allowing doctors to check on multiple patients without being physically present.
  4. Pharmacy Robots: Robots in pharmacies can organize and dispense medications, reducing the risk of human error.
  5. Sanitation Robots: These robots are used to clean and disinfect hospital areas, reducing the risk of infections.

Your task for this step is to research one of these applications in more detail. Choose one of the robot types listed above and write a short paragraph about how it is used in healthcare. Consider what tasks the robot performs, how it benefits patients and doctors, and any challenges it might face.

4 - Space Exploration Applications

Robots play a significant role in exploring the cosmos. They can do things that humans can't, like surviving in harsh space conditions, collecting samples from distant planets, or fixing issues on a spacecraft. The best part? We can control these robots from Earth, even when they're millions of miles away. In this step, you'll learn more about how robots are used in space exploration.

Let's start with the Mars rovers, which are robots designed to move across the surface of Mars. These rovers are equipped with cameras and other scientific instruments to study the Martian environment, climate, and geology, and search for signs of water and life.

Another example is the robotic arms used in space shuttles and the International Space Station (ISS). These arms can move large objects, perform repairs, and even assist astronauts during spacewalks.

Robotic satellites are another type of space robot. They orbit around the Earth and other planets, collecting data about the atmosphere, weather, and other characteristics. This information is crucial for scientists studying our planet and the solar system.

5 - Service Applications

Robots are becoming more common in service industries like hotels and customer service. They can do things like welcome customers, give information, and even do simple tasks like cleaning.

The best part? They can work all day and night, which means they don't need breaks like humans do, making things more efficient.

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