Love robotics? Fill out the form below to stay
abreast of the latest news, research, and business
analysis in key areas of the fast-changing
robotics industry
Subscribe to Robotics
Trends Insights


 
Sponsored Links

Advertise with Robotics Trends
[ view all ]
Consumer and Education
Bookmark and Share
STORY TOOLBOX Print this story  |   Email to a friend  |   RSS feeds
Mr. Roboto
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Sep 14, 2004
More Consumer and Education stories
robotics surguryCopyright 2004 Reed Business Information US, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

Jeff Trinkle is beefing up a robot’s brain--creating software that allows robots to solve problems independently.

By Elizabeth Johnson

How do you describe your work at cocktail parties?We are developing software that adds contact information to a robot’s brain, allowing them to work in a human environment. We are working to make robots understand a situation and then independently solve the problem.

Are you working with sensors? Sensors are incorporated in the theory, but implementation will take some time.

What implications will this technology have for design engineers?The software will help design engineers “think” by allowing them to analyze design options--whether for new robots or hard automation devices--they could not consider by current methods.

What about everyone else?With this technology robots become productive members of society, using their abilities to go to places that humans cannot: space, burning buildings, ground zero. Robots would understand the structure of rubble piles, comprehending what to move to uncover victims, and what to leave in place to avoid collapsing structures. Robots could also help the elderly live more independently, and assist in medical rehabilitation.

What are the target applications?Any job that requires dexterity as well as any system that would benefit by functioning without intermittent contact, such as parts feeders. They could also keep assembly lines running smoothly.

How are you going to commercialize it?We expect the problem-solving capabilities to hit the markets in three to five years. I may eventually build a parts feeder based on our design techniques, but it depends on how the research goes.

What tasks would you assign your personal, problem-solving robot? Dishes.

To access details on Trinkle’s research, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-531. Contact Trinkle at .

Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information US, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

Copyright © 2002 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.


Bookmark and Share
STORY TOOLBOX Print this story  |   Email to a friend  |   RSS feeds
  FOLLOW US
Facebook
Now you can follow Robotics Trends and
Robotics Trends Business Review on Facebook