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robot recap: stem education, codegirl and robotics trends

in rethinking robotics, trending now by CKnueppel

CodeGirl Movie

CodeGirl – While it veers outside of the robotics and automation themes we typically cover, STEM education is near and dear to our hearts here at Rethink. So we’re all for shining a spotlight on opportunities that exist for students in those fields. CodeGirl, a documentary about a high school girls’ app-building competition, does just that. And the film is available for free on YouTube, now through this Thursday.

China robot sales to almost triple by 2018 – According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), robot sales to China will go from 57,000 in 2014 to 150,000 by 2018. China’s Robot Industry Alliance Secretary General Song Xiaogang commented in a statement from the IFR with the following: “The robotics industry is exhibiting rapid growth – completely unperturbed by the current economic fallow period experienced by other areas of Chinese industry.”

3 robotics trends you need to watch – Design World recaps a discussion hosted by the International Federation of Robotics earlier in 2015.

One of the panelist’s takeaways comes from Professor Christensen, Executive Director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech:

“…as soon as you get away from the standard model of product and into the latter, [we can] have humans and robots work together on this. We’re going away from the robots in the cages, so even in an area like automotive, we can see massive penetration.”

Rodney Brooks, founder and CTO of Rethink Robotics, had this to say about collaborative robots:

“Now, with the processing and sensors, robots can sense how environments change. It doesn’t need to be down to some millimeter of accuracy because robots can adapt; and that, to me, is a big part of collaborative robots, that it’s not the clean, pristine workspace, but it’s the workspace where people are, and once you have people and robots in the same workspace, the robot doesn’t have to be 100% perfect because people can do some of the harder tasks.”

Phil Crowther, Global Product Manager at ABB, talked about justifying the investment:

“Robots actually have a much longer life than what other capital equipment has because they’re flexible and can be reused. Many can be rebuilt or even have life extensions added to them, and they’ll go through three or four applications and last much longer than ELCs or PCs.”

For more insights on trends in robotics, see what else the panelists had to say here.  And be sure to check out the rest of the Rethink Robotics blog for more news, videos and announcements.

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