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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/15/2013 6:37:30 AM
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Interesting point, naperlou. That could definitely explain the high numbers in agriculture. But do tractors really do work without humans guiding them? I don't know alot about farming, but I don't imagine they plow the fields without someone in the driver's chair...or do they? Isn't that a bit dangerous? But like I said, this is not my area of expertise, so I would love to know. And excuse my ignorance, any farmers out there.

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Elizabeth M   2/15/2013 6:33:39 AM
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Charles, I am with you. I don't know anyone who has a robot, either. However, as I have lived in Portugal for three years, where people quite often don't even have computers, that is not surprising! But even my friends in the states remain relatively robot-free. I think personally, though, a Roomba would be great! Maybe I can order one online. :)

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Cabe Atwell   2/14/2013 11:50:30 PM
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Wish I could see those graphs fully. I cant make out the words on my screen. No way to open them up separately either. I cant afford a Roomba, but my tax dollars buy military and farming bots for other people. Such is the way of life. C

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robatnorcross   2/14/2013 7:04:00 PM
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Two of my friends have Roombas. Both have named theirs (one is Wilbur) and the things just wander around the house at what appears to be when the robot decides to. When it gets tired, it just goes back and plugs itself into its charger.

Both friends are Asians and Asians don't wear shoes in the house so Wilbur doesn't have to do much work anyway. Wilbur has about the same stress level as my dog who doesn't even have to vacuum the floor.

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Charles Murray   2/13/2013 1:29:47 PM
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It's amazing to hear that there are 1.7 million household robots out there. Even though I've written about them in the past, I have to admit I never see any of them in the homes of relatives or friends.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/13/2013 10:59:03 AM
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Lou, that's a really good question. I also wonder if that category includes robotic trucks and tractors. I suspect it does. Milking machines was the only example given in the report's executive summary.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/13/2013 10:56:35 AM
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Al, the growth in the number of military robots over the last few years has been huge, as has the variety. It's by no means limited to drones: there are UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UGVs (same for ground) and USVs (same for submersible). The last category actually has multiple names and acronyms, such as AUV (automated underwater vehicle)--typical military. There's also a huge variety within the first two categories, less so with the submersibles. I suspect that's because so much of the design effort there goes to keeping the electronics and mechanics dry.

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naperlou   2/13/2013 9:38:05 AM
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Elizabeth and Ann, I wonder if these numbers include farm equipment, such as tractors, which drive themselves.  The tractors do not only drive themselves, but the attached equipment dispenses seed, fertilizer and other items, automatically and differentially.  I talked to one farmer and he says the only thing he has to do is engage the device (plow, seeder, etc.) and that only for liability reasons. 

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apresher   2/13/2013 8:25:08 AM
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Ann,  Thanks for the report.  It's interesting that defense applications are one of the biggest areas of growth for service robots but I guess that drone technology is really expanding at this point in time.  Also interesting that use of agricultural robots is growing.  Thanks for the report.

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Interesting research
Elizabeth M   2/13/2013 7:48:27 AM
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This research more or less supports the same trends I'm seeing in my own writing about robots, but you're right, agriculture is a bit of a surprise. Defense, of course, is going to be a leader in this space. It will be fun and interesting to see how personal service robots come more into play over the next few years, as there seems to be a boom in that industry at the moment. Thanks for sharing this report, Ann!

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