Glossary of Robot Terms - A

  • Actuator - an electric, pneumatic, or hydraulic motor that translates control signals into mechanical movement.
  • Aerobot - a robot capable of independent flight on other planets.
  • Android - a humanoid robot.
  • Arduino - a type of open source single-board microcontroller. 
  • Artificial intelligence - the intelligence of machines and the branch of computer science that aims to create it.
  • Automaton - an early self-operating robot, performing exactly the same actions, over and over.
  • Autonomous vehicle - a vehicle equipped with an autopilot system, which is capable of driving from one point to another without input from a human operator.

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