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Chapter 4. Robot Anatomy Class > Robot Body Types

Robot Body Types

Before we start pouring over the parts of your average robot, it might be worthwhile to categorize some basic robot body types. This way, as we go through the various robot subsystems (frame, brain, power source), you can think about how each of these might be applied to different types of bots. Although robots come in a staggering number of shapes and sizes (just like humans), we can muscle most of them into some general categories:

Industrial Manipulators

These are obviously the most prevalent type of robots to date. Not only your car, but also many of the consumer items in your home were probably bot-handled at some point. We tend to think of only the fixed robotic arm in this category, but industrial manipulators come in all sorts of configurations these days. If you ever see a news item about the auto industry, computer chip manufacturing, or other bot-intensive business, all of those ganglia you see snaking around the product as it moves down the assembly line—each with a specialized function and tool on its tip—is an industrial manipulator (see Figure 4.1). Robots of this type need to be strong, extremely durable, and capable of doing the exact same sequence of tasks over and over again without fail. With this species of bot, boring is good, surprises are bad.


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