HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
Slideshow: Service Robots Can Do Most Anything
11/12/2012

< Previous   Image 2 of 11      Next >

Using telepresence, Florida International University's proposed PatrolBot will let disabled police officers and military veterans serve as distance patrol officers, filling a gap in both the lack of patrol staff, and the lack of available jobs for disabled vets and officers. At a distance, the humans can perform many of a normal patrol officer's functions, including patrolling, issuing citations, and responding to 911 calls. The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition has loaned two robots built for its defense-funded Urban Warrior Robot program to the university's researchers who will adapt the robots to the PatrolBot platform. The prototype will include video, audio, and sensory abilities.   (Source: Florida International University)
Using telepresence, Florida International University's proposed PatrolBot will let disabled police officers and military veterans serve as distance patrol officers, filling a gap in both the lack of patrol staff, and the lack of available jobs for disabled vets and officers. At a distance, the humans can perform many of a normal patrol officer's functions, including patrolling, issuing citations, and responding to 911 calls. The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition has loaned two robots built for its defense-funded Urban Warrior Robot program to the university's researchers who will adapt the robots to the PatrolBot platform. The prototype will include video, audio, and sensory abilities.
(Source: Florida International University)

< Previous   Image 2 of 11      Next >

Return to Article

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/5  >  >>
Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Diversity
Cabe Atwell   11/13/2012 6:47:59 PM
NO RATINGS
The gardening bot is the only silly one in the group. Isn't home gardening like a hobby or relaxing task? Otherwise, all those bots are useful. Much of the world around us, our electronics, etc are affected by robots.

I used to design and fabricate small steel bridges. What cut the bridge components? Industrial robots.

I like how robotics is being pushed early in the education system. A friend of mine hosts a robotics club for neighborhood kids. They have competed nationally, and still do so. Some of the kids from the group moved on to engineering fields in college. So, perhaps the next big bot revolution will come from a kid like this. We all need a robot personal assistant, am I right?

C

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Diversity
William K.   11/13/2012 8:36:44 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Diversity
Ann R. Thryft   11/14/2012 12:36:19 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Diversity
Ann R. Thryft   11/14/2012 2:06:25 PM
NO RATINGS
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

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Diversity
Charles Murray   11/14/2012 6:46:18 PM
NO RATINGS
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

 

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Diversity
Ann R. Thryft   11/15/2012 12:22:37 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for the link, Chuck. Too bad there's no photo!

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Diversity
mrdon   11/18/2012 8:40:46 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Diversity
NadineJ   11/19/2012 10:57:12 AM
NO RATINGS
Good questions.  Video can be helpful to show functionality but sometimes, in early development, video is disappointing.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Diversity
mrdon   11/19/2012 12:16:57 PM
NO RATINGS
NadineJ, You are correct. Product Concept videos generally look cheesy because of the low fidelity CGI used to make them.

SparkyWatt
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Diversity
SparkyWatt   11/28/2012 6:43:25 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

<<  <  Page 2/5  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.
Computer security firm Norton has partnered with clothing company Betaband on a pair of jeans that will keep your RFID-tagged credit cards and documents safe from wireless theft.
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service