Reflexes and Teamwork
report examines the current state of robotics technologies, organizes
key issues and puts them in context, and succinctly explains how
these technologies work.
Research lab robot prototypes range from autonomous cars
to the latest attempts at humanoids to artificial insects to lilliputians
that measure less than a millimeter.
The keys to making robots much more useful than today's
commercial models are mobility and autonomy. These traits encompass
many scientific and engineering challenges: practical dynamic balancing
schemes for robots with legs, ways to manipulate objects without
hurting them, more efficient power sources and power use, better
sensors and better ways to interpret sensor data, more sophisticated
navigation strategies, and coordination with other robots and with
The report includes an executive summary, a list of 21 developments
to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape and a
section of 32 researchers to watch, including links to their Web
pages. It also includes a quick tour of 32 recent developments and
a section of 27 in-depth news stories from TRN.
The main report contains the following sections: Machines
like us, Autonomy and utility, Getting around - walking, hopping,
slithering and flying, Opening doors, Snakes, frogs and bugs, Buzzing
around, Getting a grip, Source of strength, Do you see how I see?,
Finding the way, Making decisions, All together now, Is it a he
or a she?, Lilliputians, The shape of things to come, Coming home.
The in-depth news stories are organized into the following
categories: Mobility, Manipulation, Perception, Navigation, Decision-Making,
Coordination, Human-Robot Interaction, Microrobots, Self-Building/Self-Shaping.
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How It Works:
stories, including 30 images
Table of Contents:
Autonomy and utility
Getting around — walking, hopping, slithering and flying
Snakes, frogs and bugs
Getting a grip
Source of strength
Do you see how I see?
Finding the way
All together now
Is it a he or a she?
The shape of things to come
How It Works
How it looks from here
In-Depth Story Categories
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