Companies all over the U.S. are coming up with a whole range of robots for use in health care, military, and the environment.
Companies all over the U.S. are coming up with a whole range of robots for use in health care, military, and the environment.

Robot Invasion

Robot Invasion
Robot Invasion
Companies all over the U.S. are coming up with a whole range of robots for use in health care, military, and the environment.
Surgery
Surgery
The da Vinci Si boasts a high-def, 3D vision system. Robotic arms are manipulated from an ergonomic surgeon’s console.

Cost: $1 million.
Reconnaisance
Reconnaisance
PETMAN by Boston Dynamics will be upgraded into the Atlas. The new bot will walk like a human, use its hands for support, and be able to squeeze through narrow passages.

Cost: Not yet for sale.
Defusing Bombs
Defusing Bombs
iRobot’s battle-tested PackBot can search caves and tunnels and find or neutralize roadside bombs.

Cost: $100,000.
Hospital Transport
Hospital Transport
Aethon’s automated robotic system, called the TUG, is used by 100-plus hospitals to transport meds, equipment, and meals.

Cost: Not available.
House Cleaning
House Cleaning
iRobot’s Scooba preps, washes, scrubs, and squeegees floors. Sensors guide it around furniture and pets and then to a docking station.

Cost: $499.
Ground Transport
Ground Transport
This gear-carrying robot, BigDog, was a YouTube sensation in 2008. A souped-up version called the Legged Squad Support System has received $32 million in funding from the Defense Dept.

Cost: Not yet for sale.
Ship Maintenance
Ship Maintenance
Chariot Robotics’ Envirobot removes coatings and corrosion from the hulls and decks of ships, as well as large steel containers.

Cost: $1 million