Oh I NEED one of these for Christmas!

By December 13, 2013Uncategorized

I’ve had a fascination with Collaborative Robotics since it first came out.  The impact they will have (are already having!) on manufacturing will be HUGE.  Baxter, for example is way cool!  Nobody can help being intrigued after just a brief exposure.

Saw something today that takes the notion of Collaborative Robotics to a whole new level.

It’s one thing (no doubt an awesome thing) to use a robot to take over boring, repetitive jobs on the factory floor; the infamous “dumb, dirty and dangerous” stuff.  It’s a whole ‘nother matter – and WAY more exciting – to apply the technology to knowledge work and knowledge workers.  Watch the video…


 

Think of all the times your personal presence would have been the “optimal thing to do,” but time, cost and logistics precluded travel.  Think of all the times you sat in traffic jams for 2 hours to get to a 1 hour meeting.  Think of all the times you sat in traffic jams for 2 hours to get to a 10 minute meeting!

Look, this technology is not as good as the real you.  And never will be.  However…  Think of what a great leap for mankind audio conference calling was back in the early 90s.  Think of what a great leap for mankind screen sharing was in the late 90s.  Think of what a great leap for mankind video Skype, Google Hangouts and the like are right now.  Think about shipping your “Double” to the other coast for that short, but important meeting.  Wow…

Now that I think about it, I don’t want one of these for Christmas.  One want two of the damn things!