cobot recap: collaborative robots defined and a darpa challenge rewind

in trending now by Jeff Green

Rise of the Robots – Last week NOVA aired this program, featuring the DARPA Robotics Challenge and a cast of robotics characters and tech experts, including Gill Pratt of the Toyota Research Institute, John Markoff of The New York Times and our own Rodney Brooks.

As NOVA puts it, “machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But humanoid robots—machines with human-like capabilities—have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now.”

A world where everyone has a robot: why 2040 could blow your mind – This piece is worth checking out simply for the eye candy of an infographic. Of course we love the Baxter rendering, but what mainly caught our attention is the mention of robots being one of the top drivers of technological change.

More important than the visuals, is the bevy of insights you’ll find, including words of wisdom from Ray Kurzweil (Google), Daniela Rus (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT) and Fei-Fei Li (Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford).

FROM ROBOTS TO ‘COBOTS’: Next-Generation Automation Arrives in Plastics Processing – If you follow the robotics industry, heck…if you’re reading this blog, you’ve surely seen some of the frenzy around the category of collaborative robots over the past few years.  Even though they’re still quite new to the scene, a snappy and appropriate moniker has already come into play. Here’s what Plastics Technology had to say in their February issue:

“In recent years, a new word and concept for automation has emerged—‘cobot’—a mashup of collaborative and robot.”

But with all the industry lingo, acronyms and abbreviations, it’s nice to see this definition from Germany’s Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:

“Collaborative industrial robots are complex machines which work hand in hand with human beings. In a shared work process, they support and relieve the human operator.”

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Jeff Green

I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.

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