Robots take many forms, from prosthetics to adorable animals to surgical tools.
UK Robotics Week 2017, which took place at the end of June, culminated in a showcase of some of the coolest robots from around the world.
The parts for this prosthetic hand are manufactured by a company called Steeper in Leeds, England.
Pistons activate the fingers so that the user can grip items.
This robotic arm is being used to help rehabilitate stroke victims and to assist children with cerebral palsy.
Users manipulate the arm to play games and complete challenges, which help retrain links between brains and muscles.
This shape-shifting metamorphic worker robot was designed by King's College London.
It can change its form to navigate difficult or dangerous environments.
One potential use: reconnaissance missions in disaster situations.
Prosthetic hands are increasingly sophisticated. This one, created by Queen Mary University London, is made from soft materials.
Each finger is controlled individually by air pressure and can mimic the movements of a human hand in real time.
This is a robotic endoscope created by researchers at the University of Leeds.
It's cheap, compact and portable and can be used by non-specialist medical staff to look for cancer in the stomach and esophagus.
This is Lucie, one of several of her kind currently undergoing trials in offices around the UK.
She's learning about human environments and activities as part of a project being run by the University of Leeds
MiRo is an adorable companion robot designed by Consequential Robotics.
It's affectionate and sweet, but can also provide vital help to elderly people in the home.
As well as being able to detect falls, MiRo can remind people to take medicines.