You don't usually see robots running in the middle of a trade-show floor without
some sort of physical guarding to protect the innocent passerby from a robotic
beat down. But here at the Assembly Technology Expo, Pilz demonstrated it's
"Safety Eye" system, which uses a 3D vision system to create a protective
barrier around the robot. When a person enters the system's outer protective
zone, the robot slows down. Get closer and enter the inner zone, and the robot
stops entirely. No guarding required.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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