WIth the last day of February upon us, I have been doing a little bit of Spring Cleaning and seeing what other stuff has been out there in the past. In coming days, I will be bringing out some of the past content in robotic telepresence / remote presence to see where we are and where we are going.
On to our links:
- Korea’s Yujin Robot Jumps Into Educational Telepresence – (Plastic Pals) Once again, our friends find another great system that is going to be a contender in the RPS space. Yulin Robots get a jump into the space with a slight modification to their CAFERO robot calling it the ROBOSEM. And we will see about getting more details on this system in the near. (h/t: Plastic Pals)
- While NASA’s Robonaut 2 Is In Orbit, Its Hype Has Escape Velocity – (Singularity Hub) – Aaron seems to be a little down on the over-hype that is driving awareness of the Robonaut that is up in space with the Discovery today. In his words:
As I mentioned in the beginning, the serious damage from all this humanoid in space hype, however, is that it will obscure the real benefits that this ISS mission for Robonaut 2 could achieve. NASA has us expecting robots and humans acting together in some sort of Star Wars style mission. Robonaut 2 is not R2D2. You know what Robonaut 2 will be doing while at the ISS?
[After you watch this video, you discover – yes] that’s right: tedious, tedious testing of maneuvers. That’s pretty much all Robonaut 2 is slated to do in space. NASA has to learn how the robot reacts to the microgravity, the radiation, and the electromagnetic interference. Other robots, like Dextre, have had a long history of malfunctioning in the dangerous environment. It can take years or troubleshooting to get a space robot fully functional. But read this quote from NASA:
“R2 will be confined to operations in the station’s Destiny laboratory. However, future enhancements and modifications may allow it to move more freely around the station’s interior or outside the complex.”
— Description of International Space Station mission on Robonaut website (2011)
That first sentence is all we really need. Yet they can’t seem to avoid the hype-machine. They always have to push it.