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Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim
2/19/2013

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This 3D-printed platypus was printed with an Objet printer by Purple Platypus. It definitely made us stop and take a second look.
This 3D-printed platypus was printed with an Objet printer by Purple Platypus.
It definitely made us stop and take a second look.

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naperlou
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Cool gadgets
naperlou   2/19/2013 9:50:04 AM
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Jenn, your first six slides were interesting, but did not seem somehow, well, practical.  I was going to comment on the virtual woman, but that would just get me in trouble. 

I did find interesting the automation robots and systems in the later slides.  Industrial robotics just keeps getting more sophiscated.  I work with some companies that make components for such devices and it is a very interesting field.

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Jennifer Campbell   2/19/2013 12:24:01 PM
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I couldn't agree more @naperlou. I shot photos of the things that caught my eye. If you've ever been to the show, you know that it would take a month to include everything worth including.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/19/2013 3:36:30 PM
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Jenn, thanks for posting this. I think it's a good summary and overview of the range of things on offer at the show.

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richnass   2/20/2013 9:55:12 AM
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It jusy goes to show how big an event it was. I was there for three days and only saw a few of these things.

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Charles Murray   2/20/2013 8:51:08 PM
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I agree, Rich. MD&M is the polar opposite of an auto show, where 25 big companies have mammoth "booths" that take up the entire show floor. MD&M has countless small booths. You could walk every aisle for a week and not to talk to everyone.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2013 12:18:46 PM
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I agree, Chuck. This was my first time at MD&M West and I was amazed at the size of the show. It's true that there were several other shows co-located there, but even so, they filled all the halls of the entire convention center.

 

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Charles Murray   2/19/2013 7:26:33 PM
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Somehow, I missed the virtual woman, Jenn (maybe there was a crowd around it). What does it do? Talk? Move?

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Elizabeth M   2/20/2013 11:54:19 AM
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I think you did a fine job presenting some of the more eye-catching designs and inventions, Jenn. It's fascinating to see what is coming out of the minds of designers these days! I couldn't help be reminded of Star Wars when I saw the holographic woman and the Solid Concepts robot (the latter looking strangely like the Star Wars character Boba Fett--yes, I am a nerd!). Intersting how long it's taken for some of the scifi dreamed up in films to become a part of reality.

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mrdon   2/20/2013 1:57:06 PM
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ElizabethM, I agree. The systems and gadgets shown in the slideshow were pretty impressive. Wondering if the Kawasaki High Performance Palletizing Robot was for entertainment or on display for customer inquiry. How big of a turn out was it at the show? Nice looking slides Jennifer!

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NadineJ   2/19/2013 4:09:05 PM
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No worries naperlou.  The virtual woman (and man) is already being used in France at the Orly airport.



This is a fun slide sow.  I wish I could have made it down to Anaheim!

Charles Murray
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3D printing
Charles Murray   2/19/2013 7:28:10 PM
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It's worth mentioning that additive manufacturing was huge at the show. Seemed like it was everywhere. The futurist who spoke at one of the show's keynotes even predicted that it would eventually be bigger than the Internet.

apresher
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Technology in Anaheim
apresher   2/20/2013 3:39:43 PM
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Interesting slideshow.  The Baxter robot looks very interesting and I'm sure we'll be hearing more about adaptive robotics technology.

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Cabe Atwell   2/20/2013 4:55:06 PM
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I would like to know more about Objet's 3D platypus. It looks like it was ceramic coated in different colors. Or they are using a secret plastic folmula...

C

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Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2013 8:07:56 PM
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That platypus does look awfully shiny for plastic. I agree, it looks like ceramic. Any idea, Jenn?

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HoneybadgerR1   4/15/2013 6:12:20 PM
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Puddles was 3D printed, then painted to show how a raw 3D printed object can be turned into a complete, show room quality product / prototype. high end auto clear coat gets that ceramic look.

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Cabe Atwell   4/17/2013 3:05:16 PM
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Where do I get one? Sort of cute for the desk...

C

HoneybadgerR1
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HoneybadgerR1   4/17/2013 8:01:57 PM
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He'd be quite an expensive and large desk trinket :)

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Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2013 8:10:26 PM
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I interviewed Rethink Robotics' Eric Foellmer about Baxter at the booth. This robot has some revolutionary technology for making itself safer to be around humans, especially the materials and the non-pinching design.

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Elizabeth M   2/21/2013 10:28:37 AM
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Baxter is pretty impressive...I remember when that news came out and wrote about it. It would have been super-cool to see up close. Was it (he?) cool or creepy? Can you imagine Baxter working alongside you in a factory? Just curious...

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Charles Murray   2/21/2013 12:00:45 PM
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Yes, Liz, Baxter is another example of the "cool or creepy" question, also known as the "uncanny valley." To me, Baxter doesn't appear creepy, but I know many people who would feel uncomfortable working next to it (or him or her). Still, robots with human features aren't going away. We can expect more of them in the coming years. Here's a story that touches on the issue of the uncanny valley:

http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=230720

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Elizabeth M   2/22/2013 5:18:22 AM
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Interesting concept, Chuck, I did not know about the "uncanny valley." Makes perfect sense, but I suppose as you say we have to just get used to the idea. Humor seems a good way to bridge the gap, for sure. And if Baxter is as well designed as Ann says, perhaps "he," too, bridges the valley. I guess we will just have to see. But it still may be awhile before it's like C3PO or R2D2 in Star Wars and robots are seen as our friends and trusted companions! Just to get people in an industrial setting to work comfortably alongside Baxter and others like "him" would be a good start.

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Charles Murray   2/27/2013 8:05:42 PM
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Elizabeth M   2/28/2013 3:55:09 AM
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Ah, interesting...so perhaps "the eyes" have it? (Pun intended. ;)) But seriously, it is intresting to think what parts of the robot make it more human-like and therefore make people more comfortable interacting with it. I would imagine eyes, which already are important windows into a human being's character, would be an important feature on a robot to make it seem more human. We often judge a person by their eyes--ie, do they look trustworthy, does their smile reach their eyes. Perhaps it's the same with robots.

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Charles Murray   3/12/2013 9:18:18 PM
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For whatever reason, Liz, I would have trouble taking any of these humanoid robots seriously in a business setting. I'd feel comfortable talking to a Telepresence system on a wall, but I can't imagine carrying on a discussion with humanoid robot that's following me down a hallway.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/13/2013 5:43:40 AM
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I know what you mean, Chuck. I haven't come into contact with any of them myself, personally, but it would seem sort of weird, even for someone like me who grew up in the Star Wars generation. ;) I'm sure we're not alone, but perhaps as robots become more advanced and are more prevalent in the human world, people will just get used to them. As with most things, the more you experience something, the more familiar it becomes.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2013 12:19:23 PM
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Elizabeth, "he"--I found myself calling it "he"--was not creepy at all. And that's because "he" was designed so well. I was more impressed than I expected to be.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/22/2013 4:59:04 AM
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That's funny, Ann, I was tempted to call Baxter a "he" straightaway! Good to know he lives up to his design promise. Is he as intuitive as he is suposed to be? I really would be so curious to meet him (yes, it is a bit weird to be thinking this about a robot) since he was so hyped!

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apresher   2/21/2013 3:47:07 PM
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Ann,  I would be interested in what you find most interesting about the Baxter technology. I've heard and read about it.  Or do I need to wait and read an upcoming blog post?

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Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2013 4:37:05 PM
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Al, stay tuned.

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