Robots can be of any shape or size. They are divided in various types – such as human-sized, snake-like, and even cockroach-like. We all know by now that robots can be used in manufacturing, but their uses are purported to go far beyond this. Here is a list of the most common types of robotics:

Human-Size – These fall under the category of humanoid robots. They have a robot body with a highly predictable movement pattern. Some examples include Project Sophia and Honda’s Asimo robot.

Snake-Like – These robots are more independent from the human counterparts. They can be programmed to carry out tasks that include navigating narrow passages and climbing stairs. A good example of a snake-like robot is the Sarcos snake robot.

Cat-Like – These robots use technology similar to the ones used in the development of autonomous cars. They also rely on a plethora of sensors and reliable navigation systems. Some of these robots have been programmed to walk upright, using a robotic body structure. Examples include Boston Dynamic’s Big Dog and the Peewee Cog robot.

Crawling – These robots can crawl along a specified route to a specific location. This has been implemented by NASA for its Mars Rover program, as well as other robotics programs. Examples include the Boston Dynamics Big Dog and the Wall-E crawler from Disney.

Flying Robots – The autopilots installed in these robotic devices make them capable of entering various environments, such as above the surface of water or above forestlands. Examples include NASA’s X-57 Maxwell, RoboBee, and RoboTiger.

Plant-Based – These robots are designed to mimic living organisms. The main purpose is to serve as artificial organs for humans. Examples include the iRobot Roomba that picks up dirt from your vacuum cleaner, but none of these robots are completely alive.

Attachable – These are self-contained robotic devices that are connected to humans or other devices.