New Scientist has an article and video showing how astronauts can get helping hand from soccer ball robots.
Consumer electronics are the core of these robots as part of the NASA SPHERES project.
The goal here is to have robots take over repetitive or high risk tasks, freeing up the astronauts to work on higher value efforts. We’ll likely see much more down to earth examples of this in business and homes before the end of the decade.
This weekend is the FRC competition at the Irving convention center – it’s free to watch.
Earlier this year I mentioned that the FIRST Robotics Competition released their contest problem for 2013 and I judged the FRC competition in Lubbock. I’ll see if I can get some pictures today, since this is the only one I took yesterday worth sharing.
I had a chance to talk with the teams from Brazil, Mexico and a number of states across the US yesterday, as well as an HP sponsored team from the Houston area.
A friend of mine sent me a paper off a NASA site titled - Utility Fog: A Universal Physical Substance. This article is really a thought experiment about using tiny robots to create a support environment making life easier...
Yesterday, I met with a number of technologists and educators from North Texas (Interlink) to discuss the changes that educators need to prepare for in their high school and college curricula. It was a lively discussion and reminded me of the issues IT organizations have in determining where to encourage their people to develop themselves and prepare the organization for the future...