Who hasn’t dreamed, while watching Star Wars, to have a droid at home? It would take the garbage out with a smile; keep you company or play Base-ball with the children in the backyard.
Robots arrive in our homes and are already in our lives. Toy robots already supplant traditional Christmas toys. They start to invade schools, becoming more playful and attractive. Team work becomes natural; trigonometry becomes funâ€¦for adults we find autonomous Hoovers and a lot of technology, like those you know to bring more comfort, security and energy management in your home.
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Current applications are numerous, but they are only little snow flakes destined to become big icebergs. A lot of technologies are already able to do much better than humans in many fields. Each of the 5 human senses is surpassed. We can see closer, further, by day and by night, in every spectrum of light. We can analyse the composition of matters, stock enormous amounts of data, have microscopic movements, and move fastâ€¦The list could be long!
Imagine bringing together all those technologies in a single robot, even in a couple of robots. The communication capabilities will increase performances. It’s just a question of time. The ASIMO robot can do very spectacular things even if it’s mainly for research fields and reserved to big wallets.
Soon, no more need to install standard automated shutters, or to wire your house to be able to run a bath while watching I-Robot. You’ll kindly ask to your favourite robot to do this.
The current situation can be compared to the one of computer science in the eighties. And we can certainly await an equally amazing development. The very promising market (about 500 b$ till 2020) attracts innovators looking for passionate adventures, as well as the giants like Microsoft.
It’s the educational and High-tech toys markets which are first chosen. However assistance to persons with restricted mobility isn’t forgotten. Schools and universities acquire much cheaper robots in comparison to industrial robots, bringing surprising pedagogical possibilities of which many are still to be discovered. But the playful aspects of those little robots begin to revolutionize the education world.
The current robot is also a toy for big children: technology enthusiasts. Even if robotics is the association of 3 matters which need different skills (electronics, mechanical and computer sciences), it is now possible to create robots with no knowledge in any of those skills. Just some basic notions in computer sciences are required.
Assembling already built-in robot parts, using development interfaces adapted to your skills, you can create your own robot.
POB-Technology, a company founded in 2005 by Pierre Seguin, the CEO, is positioned onto this market. POB-Technology offers robots and robots parts dedicated to “Innovative Leisure and Education”.
The POB-Bot Golden Pack and the Hexa-POB are full robots, programmable in different languages or via a graphical interface. They are modular and evolving to be customized and re assembled. In one word, they have been designed to learn robotics or to give tools for totally new robots creation, powerful and easy to use.
A chicken hunter, a robot which picks up socks or a robot which plays Tic-Tac-Toe, but why not a robot which turns the pages of a book or keep an eye on the childrenâ€¦it’s up to you whether you make concrete your ideas.
Whether you are a teacher, an educator, a researcher or a technology enthusiast, it is important to hop on the ‘robot’ train right now. Robots represent our future in all those areas.