The 7 Most Amazing Robots Of 2012

Okay, we know we're a little late on this, but that's because there was so much amazing stuff to sift through!
The X-47B

The X-47B Douglas Sonders

In 2012, robotic technology made some huge leaps forward. We put the world’s most sophisticated planetary rover on Mars using a daring–and precise–robotic delivery system. We launched marine robots capable of taking on hurricanes and rebuilding damaged coral reefs. We saw four-legged robots set new land speed records, and winged, autonomous robots strut their potentially lethal stuff on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

We see this kind of improvement in robotic capabilities each year–indicative of just how much momentum the robotics revolution has gained in the opening stretch of the 21st century. Click through the gallery below to take a spin through the past year in robotics–which you can also think of as a spin through the future.

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