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From robot apes to bot bartenders: The robots of CeBIT

Bots on display at this year's CeBIT trade show offer a glimpse of the machines that may soon be part of our lives.
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Rise of the robo ape

The CeBIT trade fair in Hannover, Germany has it's usual share of bots of all shapes and sizes - here's a glimpse of what's on show.

The is Charlie, an ape-like bot that can crawl on all fours like a primate.

Its creators, from the German iStruct (intelligent Structures for Mobile Robots) project, say it is the first robot to be equipped with an actuated spine and feet that can "feel", allowing it to retain its balance when knocked or tilted.

Researchers hope that Charlie's descendants could traverse uneven terrain, such as craters on the Moon in search of frozen water.

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Robots to the rescue

Hector - the small wheeled robot on the left - is a semi-autonomous robot designed to support rescue operations by scouting areas dangerous to humans with its video cameras, infrared sensors, 3D camera and laser scanner.

The small bot has proven credentials, winning the 2014 RoboCup Rescue competition, where bots explore simulated disaster zones and are scored on their ability to locate victims and objects.

Developed by Darmstadt Technical University, Hector can also be used for cartography and land exploration.

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Hex on the beach

Its banter may be lacking, but Barobot is happy to whip up more than 1,000 different cocktails, 24 hours a day.

Not designed to replace a professional mixologist, its creators say it is suited to helping bar staff or for open-bar events.

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Block by block

Tinkerbots are designed to let kids build robotics ants, diggers and other creations.

Tinkerbots blocks snap together like Lego and are simple to control. Finished bots have a record-and-play function that allows kids to teach the robot what to do, while older users can program them using the language C.

Developed by graduates from the Bauhaus University of Weimar in Germany, the aim of the bots is to teach children about 3D movement and robotics through play.

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Flying high

Project Icarus is a system for tracking and controlling swarms of robot drones.

Hardware and software work to marshal multiple miniature multicopters. The system is designed to be cheaper than competing systems.

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Are friends electric?

The Aisoy1 robot is designed to make an emotional connection with users.

Made to be used in the classroom, the bot uses natural language processing to understand what people are saying and tries to respond appropriately.

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Robomop

The days of balancing on a ladder trying to wipe smudges off glass could be numbered.

The HOBOT-188 can clean a variety of windows using a vacuum molt. It packs an embedded UPS to prevent it falling off if power is interrupted and gyro sensor and navigation system to control the glass cleaning.

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Chops away

This is Robochop, an installation that allows users to remotely command robotic arms and carve polystyrene blocks into objects.

To find out more, read about it here.

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