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Slideshow: See the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment in Action
3/20/2013

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A technician works on a Foster-Miller robot.   (Source: Dave Bullock)
A technician works on a Foster-Miller robot.
(Source: Dave Bullock)

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mrdon
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Re: Interesting controller
mrdon   3/21/2013 1:58:37 PM
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Ann, It's quite interesting you mentioned gamer technology because I was quite intrigue with the solider operating the iRobot Packbot using a game controller. Also, wearable devices are quite big with the military as shown in the video with a heads-up display system embedded with the sunglasses. Cool video!

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Ann R. Thryft   3/21/2013 1:10:08 PM
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Jim_E, we've written about a few robots controlled by iPads, such as the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=238273
A surprising number of military robots are being designed using platforms based on OTS hobbyist or gamer technology.

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Re: So that's how military robots keep going
Ann R. Thryft   3/21/2013 1:02:14 PM
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Thanks, Warren, that gave me a laugh!

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Interesting controller
Jim_E   3/21/2013 10:40:29 AM
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I found it interesting that the one robot was controlled by what appeared to be a standard gaming controller.  Now that's one way to utilize gaming skills!

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mrdon   3/21/2013 2:18:19 AM
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Cabe, This article just illustrates how disruptive tech can open opportunities for future employment. With proper technical training, the field of robotics can create future jobs. Those who wish not to be retrain and complain about being unemployed have made their own bed to rest in. Great article!! 

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mrdon   3/21/2013 2:13:14 AM
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warren@fourward.com, I agree It is a tough call but Cabe's article provides motivation and inspiration to return to school an receive training in robotics and electromechanics tech fields. I'm inspired as well as motivated because I can share the slides and video with my ITT Tech Students about jobs in the technology field of robotics and electromechanics. I'm truly pumped up about this article and video!

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Re: So that's how military robots keep going
Cabe Atwell   3/20/2013 11:00:14 PM
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Most of these military bots are used to investigate possible explosives, or infiltrate dangerous areas.

I don't see anyone in the unemployment office talking about their IED investigation job they lost. "The dang robots. Came in, took my job."

In this case, the robot designers employed people, a new brand of the military was created, people are getting hired everywhere here.

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warren@fourward.com   3/20/2013 6:06:25 PM
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True, but losing your job can seem like dying.  But this isn't the point of the article.  I am thrilled that a mechanical arm dies instead of a soldier.

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Ann R. Thryft   3/20/2013 4:10:07 PM
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To me, those look like really different, non-intersecting scenarios. If a military IED-handling robot replaces a human job, it also saves lives. But replacing jobs in industry doesn't save any lives.

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Re: So that's how military robots keep going
warren@fourward.com   3/20/2013 3:54:49 PM
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We could say that we install a robot and we gain a team of robot repair men.  But we lose 50 jobs that the robot replaced.  It is a tough decision.  That is 50 people that could be buying your product.

But in the case of the military, we could be saving 50 lives.

Tough call!

 

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