This section is to developed but a recent title Service Robots (R. D. Schraft, Gernot Schmierer, A K Peters, Limited, 2000) covering the wide variety of applications for robotic engineering seems (to the Editor), a good starting point....The following review is from the website Robot Books
"This beautifully illustrated book provides an overview of the developments in the use of robots in the service industry worldwide.
What is a service robot? In the evolution from industrial robots to human-like personal robots, these so-called service robots represent the halfway point.
The list of robots which are profiled and illustrated includes dozens of pioneering machines from around the world. Featured robots include: Smart Pump, AutoFill, Robin, and Oscar automotive refueling robots; A very cool six legged timber harvester; Tree-climbing and fruit-pickers; Agricultural and dairy robots; Teleoperated construction and digging machines;
Wall-climbing robots used for painting and window cleaning; Hazardous-duty robots; Autonomous vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers; Aircraft and ship cleaning robots; Office mail distribution and trash disposing robots; Pipe inspection machines; Surveillance robots for security and law enforcement; Tiny military Micro Air Vehicles; Firefighting robots; Automated trash sorting machines;
Mortimer the robotic butler; Espresso bots; Robotic bartenders; Hobby and recreation robots; Automated golf caddies; A tennis ball collector; Animatronics used in movies and entertainment; Underwater robots; Space robots and planetary rovers; And robots used in medicine, surgery, and nursing care."
Rural Transaction Centre Welshpool and District, Victoria
Aerosonde robotic aircraft: A new paradigm for environmental observations
Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)
Ariel : Autonomous Legged Underwater Vehicle (ALUV)
Modeled after a crab, Ariel is designed to remove mines and obstacles on land and underwater in the surf zone. Its unique brand of legged locomotion capitalizes on a crab's agility, stability, and efficiency, and will allow Ariel to scramble over obstacles and crevices that traditional wheeled vehicles would find insurmountable.... moreAssociation for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute
To develop a vision-guided robot helicopter which can autonomously carry out the following goal mission in any weather conditions and using only on-board intelligence and computing power
GPS Autonomous-flight Unmanned Helicopter
GPS Autonomous-flight unmanned helicopter for observation of mudslide conditions around erupting Mt. Usu in Hokkaido, Japan
Our Autonomous-Flight Unmanned Helicopter Plays Observation Role at Mt. Usu
From April 23 to 26, 2000 Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (YMC) was involved in joint observation survey of volcanic damage on Mt. Us in Abuta-cho, Hokkaido at the request of the Public Works Research Institute of the Ministry of Construction.
Fixed wing UAVs are limited in performing some tasks in the land and maritime environments
"Fixed wing UAVs are limited in performing some tasks in the land and maritime environments, such as the deployment and employment of acoustic sensors. These difficulties are further compounded when very low speeds are required, such as the recovery stage for confined land areas and sea platforms.Hummingbird Project - Stanford University
Autonomous helicopters are a promising research area due to their advanced capabilities and great flexibility. Besides having the ability to hover, which allows one to operate in areas unaccessible to other vehicles, an unmanned autonomous helicopter can perform tasks which would be exceedingly difficult or hazardous for a manned vehicle
Agricultural and Harvesting
IMM Micro Engineering : Micromotor
The world's tiniest helicopter demonstrates the efficiency of IMM's remarkable micromotors. With a length of 24 millimeters and a weight of 0.4 grams the helicopter takes off at 40,000 rpm
DARTS Underwater : Small autonomous underwater vehicles
Sandia National Laboratories researcher Doug Adkins takes a close-up view of the mini-robots he and Ed Heller are developing. At 1/4 cubic inch and weighing less than an ounce, they are possibly the smallest autonomous untethered robots ever created....more'Smallest' robot to take world by swarm - February 23, 2001
Engineers with a government national security laboratory have created what they think could be the world's smallest robot -- a brainy, mobile machine that can sit on a dime. Sporting track wheels and an 8K ROM processor, it could someday perform a host of arduous tasks like disabling land mines or searching for lost humans, scientists said.....moreMonash University Intelligent Robotics Research Centre
NASA Space Telerobotics Program
Notre Dame University : Micro Air Vehicles
Robotic Antarctic Meteorite Search
His friends call him Nomad. He's part of a scientific team that's gone to the Antarctic to collect and study meteorites that have crashed down on the barren continent. But Nomad's task is unique. He'll be the lone explorer - the one chosen to brave the elements, the one to bare the entire responsibility of hand-picking the extra-terrestrial rocks according to their scientific value.roboticmilking.com
You've heard of 'Robocop' -- now meet 'Robotuna'Welcome to the MIT RoboTuna InfoCenter!
Consider the fish : highly maneuverable and an effortless swimmer, this animal 160 million years in the making is superbly adapted to its watery environs. Now, in work that could lead to mini submarines with similar attributes, MIT engineers have developed the first robotic version of Nature's piscine wonder....moreRobotuna... the dolphin safe alternative
An MIT creation, the original robotuna, Charlie 1, was built and designed by David Barrett for his doctoral thesis to "produce a dynamic body motion that can realistically recreate the type of flow field that exist about and behind a swimming biological tuna" as part of the ongoing research in Autonomous Undersea Vehicles....moreEAGG - RoboTuna
Science Report Radio: Robotuna
Smithsonian Magazine : RoboPike
UC Berkeley Robotics and Intelligent Machines Lab
Unmanned Vehicles : Shephard's Press
Insect flight, micro and miniature air vehicles and robotics
Nicola Tesla's 'Teleautomaton' of 1898 !
Reginald Denny's 'Radioplane' Target Drones of the 1930s and 40s
Sydney University of Technology's 'Flying Wings' of the late 1940s