Category: Robotics


Baxter won’t get bored!

It’s a term you may hear more and more in the coming years, with the robotics industry expected to be worth 6.5 Billion for domestic units and over 46 Billion in the commercial sector by 2017, our little bot buddies are here to stay.

But will domestic robots pop up overnight?

A more likely scenario as we move towards total domination by our robot overlords is co-working robots that begin to pick up a few of our obsolete tasks.. Enter Baxter.

Baxter

According to RethingRobotics.com, Baxter is an entirely new type robot that is redefining the way robots can be used in manufacturing environments. It performs a variety of repetitive production tasks – all while safely and intelligently working next to people. How? Baxter exhibits behavior-based ‘common sense,’ capable of sensing and adapting to its task and its environment. It requires no complex programming or costly integration. And with its uniquely low price point, Baxter provides a compelling alternative to low-cost offshoring for manufacturers of all sizes.

Is this innocent looking bot the beginning of the new revolution?

I think not..

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The recent electronic child born of iRobot and Cisco looks pretty promising, especially for those of us that just can’t drag ourselves out of bed in the mornings.

We’ve all had those moments where we wake up and roll over, realize that it’s only Tuesday and we have to face yet another painful day in the high powered world of fast food. But now, thanks to iRobot we can teleconference in in style.!

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Ref: Gizmodo Australia

According to a write up by Gizmodo;

The Ava 500 merges iRobots’ Ava robotics platform with Cisco video conferencing hardware, including a high-resolution camera and a generous 21.5-inch HD display. And thanks to the robot’s ability to autonomously navigate its way through a space, controlling the Ava 500 is as easy as playing an iPad game.

Remote users either select where they want the robot to go via an interactive map on the iPad’s display, or tell it to head to a specific room, or even a specific employee’s name. The Ava 500 does the rest, allowing the telepresent employee to ride along in a ‘public’ mode where they’re able to chat with people enroute, or a ‘private’ mode where the camera and display are turned off until they arrive at their destination. When the meeting or conversation is over, the robot is then released and automatically returns to its charging station.