Hi everyone, ============================================== In 1994,scientists used a robot named DANTE-II to monitor volcanic activity in Alaska's Mount Spurr.the spider-like robot was controlled by commands sent by satellite from Anchorage,many miles away.DANTE-II's mission was to creep up to the edge of the volcano which had errupted in 1992 &1993 and peer over volcano's edge to transmit images to scientists.DANTE-II used a laser imaging system and a camcorder to transmit images to satellites.these images were then forwarded by satellite to Anchorage and Ames Research Center(CALIFORNIA). Robots have also been used to study underwater enviornments.oceanographers used a robot,compuers communication techniques to explore GULF of CALIFORNIA.the robot was controlled by a nearby ship. Robots have also been used in Space Exploration Missions.eg PATHFINDER. ============================================== RECENTLY: ============================================== these are several experimental robots already being used successfully: 1.)"AIBO" dog created by sony corporation. 2.)"TEKNO" a dog similiar to aibo,has intelligence of pup of about 8 days.i bought it for my cousin sister(she's 3)and it was pretty good. 3.)"DOTTIE".it is a robot created by Cyberclean.a company that is going after $50 bilion industrial cleaning market.it is used for cleaning purposes.but can they do it safely? using video sensors,DOTTIE observes simple rules to avoid any damage,such as stopping and waiting if somebody walks in front of her.when her work is finished she goes back to her charging station. in 1997 annual markets for robots passed $1 billion dollar mark.increasingly,robots are performing tasks such as assembly,welding,material handling,and material transport.according to a recent estimate more than 1 million industrial robots will be in use by almost 2005. ============================================== so where's the personal robot,which will someday mow the lawn,clean the house,and shampoo the carpets?? robots are too expensive right now,but they"ll not be.just wait and watch.Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! BYE!