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Apr 10, 2014, 02:53 AM
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Robot show part 1

It was packed with unemployed, flat broke programmers. As far as jobs, there was 1 engineering job at NASA which required many more years of college & had a line of guys wanting to get in. There is far more talent than demand. Stock & buyout prices don't reflect the real economy.

Earthquake simulator using air bags from a car suspension.

Pneumatic robot arms.

There were lots of these things.

The mighty Roomba add-on.

Where the XV-11 lidar sensor comes from. They were still using crusty NiMH batteries & relying more on brushing than sucking in their next revision. It's a shame the robotics can't be combined with 1 of the many high end portable vacuum cleaners.

Someone still trying to get that thing to work.

Exosuits were the rage, years ago. There's still someone working on them. Still no demo of someone lifting something real heavy.

If these startups merely used a beautiful woman in their demos, they would be bought by Google for $50 billion.

Version 1 of the sixense position sensor abounded in virtual reality & remote manipulator applications. Its range was only 3ft, beyond which it suddenly died. In range, it very accurately sensed position, considering it only had a magnetic field, but it had a lot of lag. There is great demand for position sensing. Without it, these remote manipulator applications have to rely on keyboard input.

This particular application was a turd. There was a real trick to calibrating it so the virtual arms appeared anywhere near your real arms. The lag made it very hard to manipulate any virtual objects. Got nauseous before succeeding.

A piece of the mighty Davinci surgery robot was there, but no complete robot.

The mechanisms were hanging out.

All those wires & pieces operating on the ragged edge of failure make for some exciting surgery.

There were some job openings, all for lawyers & accountants, but no engineers.

A remote manipulator being operated by a sixense position sensor. Very hard to use.

A bench microscope using a DSLR.

Bosch has an industrial robotics division, just like Denso.

Occulus Riftbook wasn't there, but there were a few version 1 headsets with long lines of men waiting to try them on. Found it as nauseating as every other POV game. There was a lot of lag.

A wall climbing robot that uses 5000V to generate static cling.

A form of locomotion based on the cytoskeleton.

The actuators were either winches or

Very expensive linear motors. But it seemed to be an affordable concept for hobbyists.

Despite 50 years of budget cuts, NASA still had 1 extremely over engineered piece of aluminum that put the after-tax hobbyist projects to shame.
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