Five Robotics Projects Straight Out of Science Fiction

Extraordinary robotics projects are transforming the world as we know it. Many industries have already been improved by robotic automation that’s made it possible for humans to work alongside robots.

Take a look at the latest robotics projects that look like they came straight out of science fiction.

CIMON the Flying Space Droid

CIMON, or Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, is the first AI-powered mission and flight assistance system. It was designed by Airbus, in collaboration with IBM, to make friends with astronauts and engage in intelligent conversations with them.

Dubbed “the flying brain,” CIMON is powered by IBM’s Watson supercomputer. It can detect its companions’ moods and make their time in space more pleasant and less stressful. CIMON can also help with crystal-growth experiments and other research tasks aboard the ISS, where it is currently assisting German astronaut Alexander Gerst.

CIMON Flight Assistance System

Powered by IBM’s Watson supercomputer, CIMON can help with crystal-growth experiments and other research tasks.


By now, you’ve almost certainly heard of Sophia, a social humanoid robot developed by Hanson Robotics. It’s the first robot that (almost) looks like a human, talks like a human, and even makes facial expressions like a human.

But did you know Sophia is the first robot ever to be granted citizenship? Weird as it sounds, Saudi Arabia conferred “robot citizenship” on Sophia ahead of the Future Investment Initiative conference last year.

Sophia was primarily designed to be a companion to the elderly in nursing homes, as well as to provide information and guidance to people at big events.

Sophia social humanoid robot

Sophia is the first robot that looks almost like a human.

HEXA: a Plant’s Best Friend

HEXA is a six-legged robot designed to help plants grow. It has 19 servos, infrared and 720p cameras, and a customizable Linux-based OS. With the help of its MIND SDK, you can even make it wave, dance, and build other skills.

Developed by Vincross, this all-terrain hexapod is used as a flower pot. It chases sunlight, moving out of the shade and signaling when the plant needs to be watered. HEXA might even help us grow plants on Mars one day.