Robots come in many different sizes, shapes and types…

According to Intel there are five (5) common types of robots:

  • Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) which move throughout the world and make decisions in near realtime.
  • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) rely on tracks or predefined paths and often require operator oversight.  These can be found in automated warehouses and semi-automated offices.
  • Articulated Robots (robotic arms) perform functions similar to a human arm.  They can have from 2 to 10 rotary joints and can be significantly more capable and stronger than a human arm.
  • Humanoids may be categorized as an AMR these robots typically take on human form and perform human-centric functions.  Most of the robots displayed fall into the Humanoid class.
  • Cobots function alongside or directly with humans, enabling the human to accomplish more.  They help eliminate manual and strenuous tasks on a repetitive basis.
  • Hybrids are a combination of any two (2) more of the other robot types.  For example an AMR may be given one or more articulated arms.