The Global Robotics Brain is a product that business intelligence consultant, Wolfgang Heller, started to keep track of the robotsphere.
Inspired by Google's PageRank, Heller asked himself: Could he use a similar approach to draw a map of interactions between the different robotics players and identify who is doing the most relevant work? What trends are emerging?
In 2005, after a visit to the World Robotics Exhibition in Aichi, Japan, he started to systematically feed his database with anything related to robotics he came across. He then created tools to automate the process. Six years later, he says the result is a "gigantic mindmap of a broad range of robotics resources."
The map includes manufacturers of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USVs), Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUVs).
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