You might not think you have robots in your house, but think again. There’s your dishwasher, for instance; you put dishes in it, walk away, and a half hour later they’re clean. Same thing with your washing machine. Or your programmable coffeemaker.Though these everyday mechanical devices aren’t humanoid, they are on the robotic spectrum, in the sense that they perform functions with minimal human involvement.”People use the word ‘robotics’ a lot, and it means a lot of different things,” Rich Hooper, a robotics consultant who develops and designs computer-controlled machines for Austin, Texas-based Symtx, told TechNewsWorld. “Robotics has gotten so loosely defined that it means almost anything with movable parts.”Steve Rainwater, a robot technologist and editor of the Robots.net blog, agrees.”‘Robot’ is a word that’s almost impossible to define; it has come to be used for too many different things these days,” Rainwater told TechNewsWorld. “Personally, I think of robots as autonomous machines that evolved initially with the help of humans. I also tend to think of the word robot as an ideal that we haven’t really achieved yet, rather than just a description of the artifacts that have resulted from trying to realize that ideal.”Whether they’re called robots or… Read full this story
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