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by   -   March 22, 2013

Henrik Christensen, the KUKA Chair of Robotics at GA Tech and Chairman of the Roadmap project, Rodney Brooks, CEO of Rethink Robotics, Pete Wurman, CTO of Kiva Systems, and Russ Angold, CTO of Ekso Bionics all presented the new Roadmap to a packed gallery of the Robotics Caucus of the US Congress.

by   -   February 15, 2013

The public should in most cases not subsidize companies. Tax payers should not be venture capitalists. The new wave of Lean Startup going around the world is a great model to ensure that companies are building products that truly match real market needs. Too many companies are launched without a clear understanding of what the required market demands are in terms of price, performance, and market size. There is a lack of market analysts who are experts in robotics applications. Trying to fund R&D without a clear understanding of what can be sold at what prices is typically a poor investment.

There is still a major need for new methods and companies for systems integration. Still 75% of the system cost is integration, which is a surprise to most companies. We need to bring down the cost of deployment. Too little support has been provided for a new generation of systems integrators.

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by   -   January 15, 2013

Robots for manufacturing. Generating a new family of robots that have a
fluent interaction with humans. It will be easily programmable. Some would
argue that Baxter provides this functionality. Unfortunately Baxter is
slow, there is no abstraction in programming and it does not have the
required accuracy. There is plenty of room to make this a real success. We
in the field of robotics need more such successes.

The most pressing problem to consider is the design of more robust, flexible, and
affordable grippers for robots. This is a major limitation for more widespread
use of robots in many different applications. Parallel pneumatic grippers are
affordable, but the more dextrous systems are much too expensive.

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