One of the many things that the real world and science fiction have in common is the popular appearance of robots in many applications that once required humans.
Droids have also gained a reputation in popular culture. They represent an emerging field of robotics, specializing in humanoid robots. So, what is a droid, and what is a robot?
In this article, we will discuss the main differences between robots and androids. In fact, the main difference between robots and droids is that the former should not be like humans, and the latter should be like humans.
Let’s get in detail!
What are Robots?
The term “robot” has a long history and has a deep root in science fiction. Although everyone seems to know what a robot is and what it does, there is no specific definition of a robot. The media have different opinions on robots.
However, from a technical point of view, robots are machines, mechanical machines mainly driven by software, which can perform a series of actions or tasks that are too dangerous for humans in order to minimize manpower or perform tasks that are too dangerous for humans.
What are Droids?
Droids is the abbreviation of androids, which are humanoid robots that are physically similar to humans, but their internal mechanisms connect them with modern robots. Droids are the pioneers of robots. You can use droids to interact with tools or environments designed for humans.
In the human body, compared with robots, it involves detection, drive, planning and control. They can adapt to changes to achieve their goals, which makes them more demanding than their robotic counterparts. Droids are like autonomous robots, aesthetically similar to humans, but not necessarily humans.
Droid vs Robots
Here is a list of some Major Differences between droids and robots. Let’s have a look!
Without the additional complexity of being close to humans, Android will be like any other robot. Although the robot itself is an equally complex mechanism, droid has taken this complexity a step further by displaying some human characteristics, such as including facial expressions.
Human aspects such as blinking and eye movements have been incorporated into many modern droids to help them express the image of humans as much as possible. An example of Android that takes complexity to a whole new level is Erica, a collaboration between engineers from different organizations in 2015.
Robots can also display some facial expressions, which requires great efforts from designers and developers. Many robots cannot synthesize natural language, let alone use basic human expressions in conjunction with their language in dialogue. Plus, robots do not have to imitate human behavior, they are not designed for this purpose.
In addition, droids can imitate human movements, and some can even show the same mobility as humans. Advanced droids can imitate the complexity of modern human behavior and replicate them in various environments. According to some super-realistic droid’s development teams, they use actuators to give the robot a certain facial expression. This extra step is not necessary for ordinary robots, but it is absolutely necessary for Android systems.
Technically speaking, robots are intelligent machines, mainly mechanical and electrical, and look and behave like humans. On the contrary, it is a system containing sensors, controls, power supplies, hardware and software, which together complete a complex series.
On the other hand, droids (short for androids) are robots that are physically similar to humans, but they do not necessarily imitate human forms, but they are often mistaken for real humans. In addition, all droids are robots, but not all robots are droids.
A normal robot may have a certain degree of similarity with humans, such as limbs (such as arms and legs) and parts that pass through the head. However, this alone does not allow you to enter the Android field.
Robots do not necessarily look like humans. The robot may not even have humanoid features. Robots that do not look like humans at all but have a similar appearance to humans are called humanoid robots. They have the appearance of ordinary people, but not necessarily like people.
On the other hand, Android has these other characteristics that make it look like a human being. It may be a shell that mimics skin, facial features, wrinkles, etc. The general rule of thumb that distinguishes Android from ordinary robots is the supernatural similarity with human characteristics. In short, it can be said that in many cases, Android looks and behaves like humans.
Robots are usually used to help people complete some daily or repetitive tasks. They are also used to do risky tasks that humans should not do. This is mainly related to the efficiency and accuracy of the robot. As long as you complete it on time and under conditions, you can reproduce high-quality works.
On the other hand, Android is mainly produced for it. Although not surprising, the purpose of droids is not available in ordinary robots. Android devices are used to study human-computer interaction because of their almost human appearance. Android is well adapted to this task because it is very similar to humans.
Although other uses include entertainment, education, and even manufacturing. Robots can also be used in some of these areas, but the simple fact that droids are very similar to humans can give them advantages in certain applications, and ordinary robots are not the best.
We can learn a lot about human relationships, attachments and emotions from the interaction between humans and robots. They can help open up countless new areas of psychology and social research, and can even be used for medical purposes, such as coping with social anxiety.
Android devices can also be used as personal assistants. Looking almost like humans can make many people more comfortable with Android. It can help robots get rid of stereotypes about robots.
The Bottom Line
When we talk about robots, we are not referring to humanoid robots, but intelligent machines, especially those that are programmed by computers that can perform complex tasks with maximum speed and accuracy, with the sole purpose of minimizing manpower. On the other hand, there are humanoid robots, similar in appearance and behavior to humans, but do not necessarily imitate human forms.
Simply put, all droids are robots, but not all robots are droids!