At Telerobot (telerobot.mech.uwa.edu.au) on the web, users can move the robot. This demonstration of remote operation and programming of the industrial robot links users to the six-axis robot. Users receive still video images of the robot's workspace and can move its gripper in x, y, z, roll, pitch, and yaw. The user then gets a new picture. The site also offers a VRML model of the robot, simulations of the robot including movies made with AutoCAD 3D Studio, and a discussion area.
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.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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