Category: Society / May 04, 2013 10:16AM EDT

They captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world with their cheeky antics in the blockbuster Star Wars movies. But now world-leading scientists at Australia's CSIRO predict one day robots like C-3PO and R2D2 may become real. Dr Jonathan Roberts, director of CSIRO's Autonomous Systems Lab says the technology to make such intelligent, multitasking robots doesn't quite exist yet, but maybe one day. Nonetheless, Dr Roberts and his team of 45 scientists and engineers are already developing a series of fascinating, highly-capable robots that are assisting humans. They include the intelligent Hexapod - an insect-like machine, with multiple legs - which is designed to monitor and map uneven surfaces. There's Starbug, a mini autonomous machine that collects data underwater. The Stealth Robot is designed to track and observe animals in the wild. And there's the Telepresence Robot which is remotely controlled and can be moved around galleries or museums to give viewers at home a virtual tour. That machine is proving particularly useful in giving children in remote areas the chance to regularly view capital city cultural destinations