With the recent announcement of ReThink Robotics’ Baxter (see link below if you haven’t seen it), I received a lot of questions about how their robot may impact what Hoaloha Robotics is doing. http://vimeo.com/49683995 First, let me say that this unveiling reflects the tremendous progress of robotics technology. Dr. Brooks is one of the preeminent pioneers in this field, having formerly served not only as the head of MIT AI lab, but also as one of the founders of iRobot, creators of the popular Roomba vacuum cleaner bots and the military Packbot. Brooks left iRobot and MIT around the same time I left Microsoft. While the precise details of what he would build weren’t known, Rod was open about his intent to move industrial robots out of the factory where, for safety sake, they are fenced to avoid dangers to humans; and instead able to operate alongside people. This required not only…
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I’m Tandy Trower, founder of Hoaloha Robotics. I started Hoaloha out of the vision that robotic technology is not just a promise of the future or the domain of R&D departments and over-zealous hobbyists, but an emerging new form of PC technology. To some that might seem an outlandish vision. Here in my blog, I share my thoughts on assistive, robotics, and other technology.
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