Runaway by Michael Crichton:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Very entertaining movie written and directed by Michael Crichton appeared in 1985. The film has a surprising number of very well conceived "robots" depicted as doing work in a variety of settings. The basic premise is that, in the near future, robots will be lending a helping hand everywhere - and sometimes they malfunction. When that happens, a specialized police unit moves in.

The movie itself is fun to watch; Gene Simmons of the band KISS is excellent as the evil chip-designing mastermind. Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes and Kirstie Alley round out the main cast members. Take a look at the trailer:

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Agricultural Robot Pest Controller - picking off the pests

Car Dashboard Drone Controller

Floater Camera - fly and spy

Police Sketch Artist Software - pc-based police art

Security Guard Robot (Sentry Robot)

Self-Propelled Road Mine

Smart Bullet - self-guided microshell

Sniffer Robot

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