07/24/2017 at 02:29 •
NukeBot is a demonstration project of our vision of future autonomous robot development:
1) Mobile computing, including mobile robots, will be done on mobile computing devices (i.e. smartphones). This is an inexpensive and fast way of incorporating advanced functionality (GPS, computer vision, speech recognition etc.) into the robot.
2) Standard equipment (e.g. Roomba, Geiger tubes) will be used to move the robot and sense and manipulate its surroundings.
3) Simple tools (e.g. BotSpine, Espruino) will be used to connect the mobile computing device to the sensors and effectors.
All 3 of the above will become commodities. Robot design then becomes a simple process of:
1) Select your mobile device and decide on the functionality it needs.
2) Select your sensors and moving parts.
3) Select your connector.
4) Write a few lines of code.
...and you are done.
07/24/2017 at 02:04 •
NukeBot was originally designed to scan trucks hauling uranium concentrate for pre-existing radioactive contamination, before the concentrate drums are loaded.
Scanning a 40 foot trailer manually (at - 40 degrees) is not a particularly coveted job. Automating it is an obvious improvement.
07/24/2017 at 01:51 •
To me (and all of popular culture: think Rosie on the Jetsons or Bender on Futurama), robots are autonomous. Robots function in the normal environment, without requiring any special adaptations to the environment. They move freely and are not bolted to a work station. Robots should perform a useful task.
By that definition, there are very few robots around today. I think robots are now on the threshold of becoming much closer to what popular culture has been describing for half a century and what technology has largely failed to deliver.
NukeBot fits this definition of a robot. It moves around an area to be scanned for radiation and performs these scans autonomously.
01/22/2016 at 21:39 •