Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Robot Alert!


I'm fascinated by advances in the medical and manufacturing arenas.  The story excerpted and linked below touches on both.  I envision some really exciting advances in construction and maitenance methods when we bring these technologies to bear on the built industry.  I can imagine robots cleaning, inspecting and reparing duct work, electrical lines and conduit and building envelopes among other things.
Blake Hannaford, a University of Washington electrical engineering professor involved with the Raven project, says UW researchers built the original Raven for telerobotic surgery study back in 2005. Now, they’ve developed a new version, Raven II, which is smaller, has more dexterity in its hands, and can hold surgical tools during operations. UW researchers also created software to work with the Robot Operating System, a popular open-source robotics code, so labs can easily connect the Raven to other devices and share ideas.
Notice how these guys are utilizing a "popular open-source robotics code, so labs can easily connect the Raven to other devices and share ideas."?  Novel heh?

Read more: How Raven, the Smart Robotic Helper, is Changing Surgery - Popular Mechanics

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