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Robots for fun and profit: A new breed of experimenter is more artist than scientist, yet this work sometimes pays off handsomely

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The hobbyists' art of making robots has turned into serious fun. Many of the robots are not fully autonomous machines, and hence are not true robots by some definitions; they are mechanical contraptions operated by remote control. Sometimes esthetics is the primary ingredient: some roboticists see themselves more as artists than engineers, and their creations are to them electrified sculptures. Some value the entertainment potential: their robots have starred in motion pictures, television, and on the stage. Examples of each type of robot are described.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 3 )