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Cabe Atwell
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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...

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Ann R. Thryft
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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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