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Top 5 Robotics Trends of 2011
12/7/2011

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One of the most significant trends in robotics is the integration of multiple technologies 
that will help speed up and automate the factory.
One of the most significant trends in robotics is the integration of multiple technologies
that will help speed up and automate the factory.

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: robotics
Ann R. Thryft   1/24/2012 2:33:15 PM
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vimalkumarp, what MEMS robotics link do you mean? Please tell us more.


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vimalkumarp   1/24/2012 12:20:23 PM
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Thanks a lot for the info on the NASA refuelling robots. Will you throw light on the MEMS robotics link and  what do you think is in store for the future?

 

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Ann R. Thryft   1/24/2012 12:01:48 PM
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vimalkumarp, thanks for the feedback. Also, thanks for the info a while ago on the da Vinci surgical robot. It has a surprising number of potential apps. For example, NASA is using a modified one in a program that's studying how robots can refuel and service space satellites, remotely controlled from Earth:

http://releases.jhu.edu/2011/12/05/medical-robotics-experts-help-advance-nasa's-'satellite-surgery'


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vimalkumarp   1/23/2012 10:24:49 PM
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medical / surgical robotic systems like Da vinci are reducing hospitalisation time, improving clinical work flow and also reducing infection. This is a good article.

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Re: Integration
Ann R. Thryft   12/28/2011 12:38:19 PM
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Thanks, Jack. I also chose integration/convergence as my top trend, and software as the second, for an upcoming article on the Top 5 trends in robotics for this coming year. Look for it in January.


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Jack Rupert, PE   12/20/2011 3:17:17 PM
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It's interesting that you post Integration as the number one issue.  I just read an article in another trade magazine (I don't remember which one) that was talking about this very issue.  The ongoing integration efforts include a change to programming so it more closely resembles PLC programming and is therefore easier for a wider variety of engineers to setup.

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Re: Tracking luggage?
Ann R. Thryft   12/14/2011 3:42:01 PM
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Thanks to Gunar and Joachim for the links and info. This is a truly impressive operation and a system that I'm sure will inspire others to attempt large-scale robotics.


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Re: Tracking luggage?
Joachim D   12/14/2011 10:07:35 AM
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Easier than going to Amsterdam: go to youtube and search for "Grenzebach Baggage Handling" to see the baggage robot at work.

Also, if you happen to have a stopover in Amsterdam, you can catch a glimpse at the robots (as the new baggage hall has a window front towards the public side of the airport -  the technology does not have to be hidden in the basement ;-)).

Finally, any seriously interested party can get in touch with airport@grenzebach.com, and we can arrange for a site visit.

 

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Gunar Baier   12/14/2011 4:34:36 AM
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Rob:

To have a first look on the robotic bag loader, please visit http://www.grenzebach.com/index.php/grenzebach/technologien/airport/automated_baggage_loading_2011_video

You´re right. There´s quite a bunch of technologies involved (SW algorithms for online "palletizing", robot controls, vision technology, handling technology, HMI, ...) to have a robot "playing 3D-tetris" in such a complex environment

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Ann R. Thryft   12/9/2011 11:57:43 AM
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Chuck, I've been tracking industrial robots, not consumer or office models. But I'd bet there are more of them out there, if the commercials and ads are any indication. I do know that home robots started out pretty pricey, and have been an early adopter phenomenon (read: expensive). 

Rob, those are good questions and I'd like to know the same things myself. 


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