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Slideshow: Robots Tackle Surprising Tasks

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tluxon
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Seems like a good way to ween...
tluxon   7/22/2014 12:55:50 PM
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... off a useless eater would be to deny them physical movement and social interaction.  I sure hope we find a more honoring way to utilize robots than have them replace humans in caring for the heritage-carrying elderly.

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Kill'em with a smile
BrainiacV   12/10/2013 9:57:56 AM
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The Kuratas robot from Suidobashi Heavy Industry has a smile detection mode to fire the BB gun.  The female model demonstrating it cracked up and couldn't stop smiling, it was like the ED-209 blazing away at the corporate exec in Robocop.

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Re: What about hackers? and "harmless BBs"?
William K.   11/9/2013 8:10:55 PM
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The danger of the BB spewing robot depends a whole lot on the velocity of the BBs. At 100FPS they would still be an eye hazard, and at lesser speeds they would more likely be a tripping hazard. But at a thousand feet per second they can start to do real damage. After all E= MV**2

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Re: What about hackers? and "harmless BBs"?
Rob Spiegel   11/8/2013 12:19:38 PM
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Interesting, William K. So the BB spewing robot is potentially more dangers than it seems.

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Re: What about hackers? and "harmless BBs"?
William K.   11/8/2013 11:48:16 AM
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Rob, at the higher velocities a round object creates a shock wave that also rips tissue apart in an expanding cone shape. Of course the small mass of the .177 cal BBs delivers a lot less energy than the larger calibers, but consider that the standard NATO issue was .222 caliber for many years. Of course, that is a lot more mass, but those are serious military bullets designed to do lots of damage. The one "nicer" thing about BBs is that they don't tumble as they pass through. But at higher velocities they can still make a nasty mess.

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Re: What about hackers? and "harmless BBs"?
Rob Spiegel   11/8/2013 10:37:50 AM
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Good points, William K. So what does a BB do at those speeds? I would imagine it would plow right through the body, leaving small but potentially deadly hols in internal organs.

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What about hackers? and "harmless BBs"?
William K.   11/8/2013 10:17:38 AM
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While servant and helper robots are certainly able to be a real benefit, there is an area for great caution, which is outside interference. Based on my daily getting attempts to hijack my computer for unknown purposes it is clear that lots of individuals would cause all kinds of problems if they were allowed to get through. And we just know that most of these will have wireless communications added if they don't already have it. And we also know that there is no such thing as truely secure wireless communication, at least not for more than a few hours. So there certainly needs to be some reliable manual non-hackable means to switch them off. 

And for that warfighter robot shooting "harmless BBs", they may not hurt much at 100 FPS, but that same BB at 1500 FPS or more is quite deadly. And at the military velocity of about 2500FPS they are even more dangerous. Note that I am only challenging the description, not the product. BUt a relatively slow moving large robot just does not seem to me to be very invincable. I could easily knock it out with an ordinary car. One hit at 65MPH and the robot is damaged. And a radio controlled car is current technology. 

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Re: The new race of robots
William K.   11/8/2013 10:05:07 AM
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Quite a few years ago I designed a robot system to load a connecting rod trim press. The operation was one of the more dangerous, since sometimes it took both hands to place the part correctly in the trim die. The robot and the press controllers did need to handshake, which was in this case set s of contacts connected to digital inputs. Thee were two in each direction, one being a request for motion and the other being a request for the other to wait. The system worked quite well, and it was possibly the most welcomed of any system that I have created. The press operators loved it, the safety team loved it, the managers loved it because it increased production, and the union loved it because it simply moved the operators job out of the danger zone. The operator was assigned to place the con-rods onto a conveyer inswtead of placing them into the trim die.

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Re: SURPRISING TASKS
Rob Spiegel   11/3/2013 7:15:40 PM
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Thanks Bobjengr. You can bet we'll see these robots show up in the U.S. if they're successful in Japan. And they'll show up for the same reason robots are successful in industry -- they reduce labor costs.

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Re: The new race of robots
Rob Spiegel   11/3/2013 7:10:44 PM
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Yes, Ralphy Boy, the malfunction of a medical robot -- whether it's one that cares for patents or one that assists in operations -- is not a pleasant thought. Robot malfunction a disturbing enough that it has been depicted in numerous movies.

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