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Slideshow: Service Robots Can Do Most Anything
11/12/2012

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On a more consumer-level scale is Florida Robotics' Dr. R.E. (Robotic Environmentalist) Cycler, which crushes aluminum cans in its chest cavity and compacts them to less than a (presumably cubic) inch in size. Pressing a green button opens the good Doctor's mouth, and pressing a red one closes it to begin the crushing operation, which lasts about 30 seconds per can. The remote-controlled Dr R.E. Cycler, designed for shopping centers and retail stores, has a range of 100 ft and can operate eight hours on a single battery charge.   (Source: Florida Robotics)
On a more consumer-level scale is Florida Robotics' Dr. R.E. (Robotic Environmentalist) Cycler, which crushes aluminum cans in its chest cavity and compacts them to less than a (presumably cubic) inch in size. Pressing a green button opens the good Doctor's mouth, and pressing a red one closes it to begin the crushing operation, which lasts about 30 seconds per can. The remote-controlled Dr R.E. Cycler, designed for shopping centers and retail stores, has a range of 100 ft and can operate eight hours on a single battery charge.
(Source: Florida Robotics)

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mrdon
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mrdon   11/29/2012 12:58:35 AM
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SparkyWatt, I agree. The slideshow was not impressive due to the unrealistic designs being proposed. I'm a firm believer that design concepts need to be validated using functional prototypes instead of "What If" imagery. Its about practicality thru functionality that truly brings a design to life.

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SparkyWatt   11/28/2012 6:43:25 PM
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Actually, I was disappointed with this post.  There are a lot of great concepts here, but very little that actually works.  This points to some great directions that we can try to go, but it doesn't show much that we are actually doing.  People can tout concepts all day, and even have a good idea about how to make them work, but that is a long step from having a usable system.

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mrdon   11/19/2012 12:16:57 PM
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NadineJ, You are correct. Product Concept videos generally look cheesy because of the low fidelity CGI used to make them.

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NadineJ   11/19/2012 10:57:12 AM
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Good questions.  Video can be helpful to show functionality but sometimes, in early development, video is disappointing.

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mrdon   11/18/2012 8:40:46 PM
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Ann and nadinej, Very nice slideshow. These robots look more artistic than functional. I'm. wondering what stage of robotic develeopment these machines are at? Some of them look like non functional machines instead of operating robots.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/15/2012 12:22:37 PM
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Thanks for the link, Chuck. Too bad there's no photo!

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Charles Murray   11/14/2012 6:46:18 PM
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Wow, I think that tractor's cool, Ann. Actually, it's better than the one I was referring to. We published an article about ithe other one a few years back. Unfortunately, the photos seem to have disappeared.

http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=219094

 

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Ann R. Thryft   11/14/2012 2:06:25 PM
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Cabe, I wouldn't want a gardening bot either. I like to get my hands dirty--shades of my toddler-era mudpie making--and connect with green things. But did you mean the CROPS harvesting robot or the Blue River weed puller? Neither one was for home gardening. Besides, I'm all for someone else pulling weeds.

I love the fact that robotics has gotten into high school competitions. I've seen tons of news items about those. I

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Ann R. Thryft   11/14/2012 12:36:19 PM
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Chuck, I found pictures of a John Deere walking tractor at this link:
http://www.theoldrobots.com/Walking-Robot2.html
Don't know if this is the same one you mentioned, but in any case, it's sufficiently creepy: looks like a big bug to me.

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William K.   11/13/2012 8:36:44 PM
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The problem with the robots and the controls is that all of that software is written by programmers. And, really, we all know it, programmers are NOT normal people. Actually, it goes way beyond that, which is to say that the problem will always be t6hat the computer systems don't know how to handle the exceptions. Even when they believe that all possible exceptions are covered, up pops another one. On top of that, artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. Of course, when designers attempt to prevent problems from dumb users any given system becomes much less useful, and often much less intuitive as well.

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