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Robotics: Glossary

A

AGV
automated guided vehicle
anthrobot
a robot which resembles or functions like humans
artificial intelligence
the ability of a machine, such as a computer, to perform complex decision-making operations similar to humans
artificial intelligence
the ability to make decisions similar to humans
automated
to function without continuous input
automated/automation
the ability or device which performs a duty without continual input from an operator
automatically
to function independently
automation
techniques that make an apparatus, process, or system operate by itself, independent of human control
autonomous robots
a robot that can perform on its own without continual input from an operator

C

computer programming
the input that tells a computer what actions to perform - a type of language
contaminated
harmful or unclean
cyborg
a person who uses a mechanical device to help them perform their basic bodily functions

D

design
a written or drawn plan
documented
a record was kept

E

educational robots
robots used for a school or teaching experience
electronic
using electricity to run
engineer
a person who designs useful objects or invention

G

General Motors
car company established in 1908 - also known as GM
George Devol
American who invented the first industrial robot

H

hazardous materials
substance that could harm the environment or life
humanoid
resembling the human form
humanoid
like a human

I

industrial
used in the business of making or creating things
interaction
things that work together have interaction

J

Jacques de Vaucanson
French inventor who created early automated machines
Jeopardy
a television game show
Joseph Engelberger
American who began the first industrial robot company

L

Leonardo da Vinci
famous 15th century Italian artist and inventor

M

machine
a device that changes force or motion
mechanics
the science of machines
microprocessor
a small circuit that performs like a computer
mobile robots
a remote control robot for going to places that humans cannot

N

nanorobot
also nanobot - microscopic robot
nano-robots
microscopic robots

P

Pleo
a robotic dinosaur made to look and act like a week-old baby Camarasaurus from the Jurassic period
pneumatic
uses ari, gases, or wind
programmable
able to be given computer instructions

R

repetitive
to repeat over and over
robot
from the Czech word 'robota' - meaning 'forced work'
robot
a machine that does routine tasks
robotics
the science of robots
robotics
related to a robot

S

sensor
a device sensitive to input similar to the way our body responds to our senses
sentient
when a being has personal knowledge that they exist
swarms
a large number of bees or other creatures that function together

T

tech
slang for technology, technician, or technical
technology
the science of creating tools, inventions, materials, etc
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